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BIOFOREVER

BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes

Project details

Type of project
Innovation Action - Demonstration
Project focus
Bio-based chemicals
Feedstock origin
Forest-based
Feedstock type
Lignin & wood residues
Project period
1 September 2016 - 31 December 2019
Status
Completed
CBE JU Contribution
€ 9 937 997,02
Call identifier
H2020-BBI-PPP-2015-02

Summary

Modern chemical building blocks and materials are primarily produced from fossil resources. Switching to a bio-based feedstock model would both safeguard against supply dependency and generate a lower carbon footprint, create more sustainable production systems and strengthen the competitive position of the bio-based chemicals industry.

BIOFOREVER aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of bio-refining 5-lignocellulosic (LC) feedstocks – predominantly sourced from woody biomass - that can subsequently be converted into biochemical materials establishing LC biomass as a feedstock for the chemical industry.

The overall aim of the project is to prepare for construction of a commercial scale biorefinery that can be replicated, completely or in part.

  • To demonstrate 5 lignocellulosic (LC) value chains at pre-industrial scale including 3 new valorisation routes for co-products utilising 4 different cascading biorefinery concepts
  • To select optimal feedstocks for the 5 value chains taking into account the quality, composition matrix, price and availability of these feedstocks and their performance in 4 LC biorefinery concepts
  • To establish competitive set-ups for a cascading biorefinery process based on 4 different pre-treatment methods including further downstream processing to obtain high-quality fractions (such as cellulose, C5/C6 sugars, specialty sugars, lignin, humins) for conversion into a range of end-products.
  • To establish conversion routes from the key intermediate fractions to 5 bio-based building blocks or end products (such as butanol, resin acid, enzymes, FDCA) including valorisation routes for co-products
  • To evaluate the techno-economic performance of the value chains in order to define the optimal biorefinery set-ups for scale-up towards commercial plants.
  • To demonstrate opportunities for commercial scale follow-up, including analysis of markets and engagement with key stakeholders for different end-products as well as providing insights for the conceptual engineering design of the “winning” value chain

  • Direct replication potential of 4 or more biorefinery concepts
  • Job creation in the agricultural/forestry sector by sourcing European biomass
  • Creation of bio-refinery technologies as export product outside the EU
  • Positioning European ports for the transition to renewables driven business
  • Competitive biobased products, which can match or outperform existing fossil-based products in terms of cost competitiveness (at par with current sugars) or product performance
  • Lignocellulosic value chains based on low carbon and sustainable pre-treatment methods

MetGen is a beneficiary of the BIOFOREVER project.

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Project coordination

  • DSM FOOD SPECIALTIES BV Delft, Netherlands

Consortium

  • DSM MATERIALS SCIENCE CENTER BV Geleen, Netherlands
  • API EUROPE MONOPROSOPI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHINIS YPIRESION EREVNAS KAI MELETIS STIN VIOTECHNOLOGIA ATHINA, Greece
  • BORREGAARD AS Sarpsborg, Norway
  • BIOCLEAVE LIMITED Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • NOVASEP PROCESS POMPEY, France
  • PHYTOWELT GREENTECHNOLOGIES GMBH Nettetal, Germany
  • BIO REFINERY DEVELOPMENT BV BRUNSSUM, Netherlands
  • BIOPROCESS PILOT FACILITY BV Delft, Netherlands
  • METGEN OY Kaarina, Finland
  • NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH Hurth, Germany
  • AVANTIUM SUPPORT BV Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • SUEZ GROUPE Paris, France
  • AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • ELKEM CARBON AS OSLO, Norway
  • VEOLIA ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES BELUX SINT-AGATHA-BERCHEM, Belgium
  • SYNVINA CV Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • DSM V BV DELFT, Netherlands
  • HAVENBEDRIJF ROTTERDAM NV Rotterdam, Netherlands