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ValChem - Value added Chemical building blocks and lignin from wood

Project details

Type of project
Innovation Action - Demonstration
Feedstock origin
Feedstock type
Lignin & wood residues
Project period
1 July 2015 - 30 June 2019
CBE JU Contribution
€ 13 125 940,15
Call identifier


The ValChem project aims to demonstrate the viability, both technically and economically, of producing wood-based chemicals that are competitive with similar products based on fossil-based raw materials in terms of quality and production costs.

All the processes that will be used have already been demonstrated at least at a pilot scale. The main process aims to demonstrate valorisation of over 75 percent of the wood-based raw material.

  • Demonstrate a sustainable and integrated process whereby wood is transformed into lignin-based performance chemicals and mono-propylene glycol as the selected platform chemical.
  • Show that this process can produce wood-based chemicals that are competitive with identical or similar-in-application products based on fossil raw materials in terms of quality and production cost.
  • Perform pre-marketing and application tests in the largest markets for mono-propylene glycol (unsaturated polyester resins, paints and coatings, heat-transfer, de-icing, and personal care) as well as the envisaged lignin-based performance chemicals (main market: reactive applications with a high value added).

  • Increased regional development and investment, as potential future plants based on this technology will need to be located in rural areas due to biomass availability.
  • Valorisation of over 75 % of the wood raw material, and 2-6 times higher added value of wood-based chemicals compared to traditional products.
  • Increased sustainability of wood production (as more wood with PEFC and FSC certificates will be used) and industrial processing.

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Project coordination

  • UPM-KYMMENE OYJ Helsinki, Finland


  • UPM GMBH Augsburg, Germany
  • METABOLIC EXPLORER SA Saint Beauzire, France
  • SEKAB E-TECHNOLOGY AB Oernskoeldsvik, Sweden