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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2013.3.2-02 | Award Amount: 7.15M | Year: 2013

The overall goal of the project is to develop a robust scientific and technological basis for substan-tiating strategic and technical decisions for the industrial development of high-value products from algae. This shall contribute to develop this new and sustainable resource for market. The concept of the proposal is strictly oriented to the value chain of microalgae. Starting at the very end of the value chain the proposal picks up a concrete application of high market relevance. The main tar-geted application is the use of high purified omega 3 fatty acids (DHA/EPA) as building blocks in modern oleo chemistry to gain high value products for nutrition and pharmaceutical applications. These applications will define specifications that propagate backwards along the various value-adding stages of the value chain. These stages include biology, cultivation technology and down-stream technology. So the aim of this project is to realize a concrete exemplary value chain, de-velop the technical interfaces between the different value adding stages and investigate the still open research aspects on every single stage while addressing the needs of the value chain as a whole. Finally, an integrated processing, combining all technical steps, will be implemented for demonstration. A comprehensive and holistic sustainability approach will complement the scientific and commercial advances on each value-adding stage. A consortium with 6 companies and 3 research institutes will integrate state of the art science and technologies in order to assemble a complete process from feedstock production and harvesting to oil extraction and purification. Innovative technologies will be combined taking advantage of a complimentary partnership with the best available expertise in the sector in Europe. These pro-cesses will be evaluated for their sustainability and scaled-up from lab to demonstrative prototype level.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2008-4.0-6 | Award Amount: 10.75M | Year: 2009

The approach of AFORE project is to develop novel, industrially adaptable and techno-economically viable bio-based solutions for the separation, fractionation, and primary upgrading of green chemicals from forest residues, wood chips, and chemical pulping liquors to be used as starting materials for current and novel value-added applications. It is targeted that by this means European forest and pulping industry can substantially increase its profitability and overall income within 10 years with positive impact on the waste formation and sustainability of the process. The project will focus on two paths, namely upgrading the current kraft pulping process into a multi-product biorefinery concept and development of entirely new wood-based biorefinery concepts, in which the wood cellulose is exploited in value-added applications with simultaneous production of a multitude of novel non-cellulosic products. The success of the technological developments will be evaluated using different modelling and assessment tools and by pilot and mill scale demonstrations. The techno-economical evaluations will also include a thorough investigation of how the new side-stream -based value chains will affect the current end-uses (mainly energy) as well as the environmental footprint of production. The multidisciplinary project consortium consists of research and industrial partners covering the whole value chain from wood to end products. The expertises of the partners include wood and pulp and paper processing, physical, chemical and biotechnical biomaterial processing, component isolation and upgrading, sophisticated biomaterial analysis, environmental and techno-economical modelling and assessment of processes, products and business scenarios related thereof.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.26M | Year: 2008

Whey is the major worl-wide disposal and pollution problem for the cheese making companies. The development of the project will reach the following results: The solution for the profitability management of the whey as by-product. The diversification of the whey product market avoiding strong whey prices fluctuations. Production of a new high added value product (lactic acid) at low cost from whey. The general aim of this proposal is to design a process for the lactic acid production from deproteinized whey. New immobilisation techniques will be applied in fermentation process with near Infrared spectroscopy that will be set as analytical tool to control the process in a quantitative way, at real time. Green chemistry strategies will be used for the simultaneous reaction and extraction of lactic acid in supercritical fluids technology in order to get a whole sustainable and environmental friendly process. The potential market to produce lactic acid at a low cost with higher purity based on new production technologies will suppose a great increase in the demand and the evolution of new applications. Lactic acid and its derivatives are widely used in the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, . Recently, in the pharmaceutical filed, there has been an increased interest in lactic acid production, since it can be used as a raw material for production of L(\)-polylactic acid, a polymer used for manufacturing high cost biomedical implants and environmental-friendly biodegradable plastic. This project requires the use of advanced facilities and the simultaneous collaboration of experts in biotechnology, supercritical fluids and processes developers. Three RTD performance has been selected to ensure the achievement of these objectives. At the end of the project relevant information required for the industrial application and exploitation of the solution will be obtained (economic prediction of production cost, chemical process designed)


Darie R.N.,Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry | Lack E.,NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH | Lang Jr. F.,NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH | Sova M.,NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Polymer Analysis and Characterization | Year: 2014

New materials were obtained by incorporating in polypropylene (PP) matrix 60% wood wastes resulting after extraction with supercritical carbon dioxide, water, and ethanol. Structural, mechanical, thermal, and rheological characterizations, as well as moisture uptake of the composites, were evaluated before and after accelerated weathering. It was found that the extraction method influenced the composite properties due to the hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance. The addition of extracted fibers results in an increase in hardness and tensile properties and a decrease of impact strength as compared to PP. © 2014 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


De Melo M.M.R.,University of Aveiro | Domingues R.M.A.,University of Aveiro | Sova M.,NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH | Lack E.,NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Supercritical Fluids | Year: 2014

The supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) of Eucalyptus globulus deciduous bark is investigated, under the context of biorefinery, aiming at the definition of a pathway for the production of enriched extracts in triterpenic acids (TTAs). Scale-up studies are performed, well supported by modeling and by experiments carried out at lab, intermediate and pilot scales (0.5, 5.0 and 80.0 L, respectively). By acknowledging the significant role played by cosolvent (ethanol) addition on the concentration of TTAs, extraction curves are measured at 200 bar and 40 °C, using two different ethanol contents, 2.5% and 5.0% (wt). Taking into account the results achieved by four distinct models, the intraparticle diffusion is confirmed as the prevailing mass transfer resistance in both conditions. Accordingly, the ratio between CO2 flow rate and biomass weight is adopted as scale-up criterion. Despite the geometric differences between the three units, the measured extraction yields and TTAs concentration evidence good agreement, which validates the established scale-up rule. In the whole, our results legitimate the technical viability of the SFE of E. globulus deciduous bark for future exploitation at larger scales. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

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