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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2011.3.4-01 | Award Amount: 3.98M | Year: 2011

The fishing industry in the EU and elsewhere produces an increasing mass of negative value crustacean shell waste (>6 MTPA), whose current disposal in landfills results in significant costs and risks to human health as well as to the environment. While in Asia small amounts of shrimp waste are processed to chitosan, the high CaCO3 content of EU crab shell waste has prevented cost effective conversion to value adding products. The project will develop an integrated biorefinery platform transforming the chemical constituents of EU, African and Asian crustacean shell waste into drop-in and novel chemical intermediates to produce high value, high performance bio-based polymers at high atom efficiencies. The innovative process comprises pretreatment steps to facilitate downstream enzymatic depolymerisation and conversion of sugars into chemical building blocks utilizing enzymatic and whole-cell biocatalysis routes. Biocatalyst development requires application of genomics techniques in combination with green-chemical and process-engineering know-how. Sustainable purification technologies will enable integration of monomers into current industrial polymerization processes. Biowaste streams will be valorised for the production of bioenergy to improve process efficiency and greenhouse gas footprint. The environmental impact of the process chain will be evaluated by a cradle-to-product life cycle analysis. Process scale-up will be linked with modelling and optimization studies to demonstrate economic viability. The consortium of 5 academic, 4 SME and 2 large industrial partners has the technical and management expertise to rapidly transfer laboratory scale results into novel industrial product lines at an accelerated pace. Key consortium members are from 5 different EU and 2 associated ICP states, which allows for strategic technology transfer from high- to low-tech driven countries, fostering the development of sustainable economies in the EU and beyond.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2011.3.4-02 | Award Amount: 13.25M | Year: 2012

BioConSepT aims to demonstrate the technically feasibility of White Biotech processes for the conversion of 2nd generation biomass into platform chemicals, which are 30% cheaper and 30% more sustainable than existing chemical routes or 1st generation processes. BioConSepT uses lignocellulose and non-edible oils & fats as cheap, abundantly available feedstocks, which cannot be used as food. The main achievements expected for BioConSepT are: (1) to develop the robust enzymes and micro-organisms suited for the more dirty 2nd generation feedstocks; (2) to reduce equipment costs and the number of process steps by the integration of bioconversion and highly selective separation technologies; (3) to facilitate easy integration in existing production chains by deploying combinations of bio- and chemical conversions and by proving the suitability of the produced platform chemicals for bio-based polymers, resins, plasticizers, solvents and surfactants and (4) by realisation of the 1st demonstration of integrated production chains from 2nd generation feedstocks to platform chemicals at industrially relevant scale. BioConSepT will bring novel technologies from lab to pilot scale by high level applied research. The consortium consists of 15 SMEs (suppliers of equipment, bioconversions, separation technologies and services), 10 large industrial parties (producers, end-users, engineering and consultancy companies) and 5 leading RTOs from 11 different countries. The large industrial parties and SMEs expect new products, processes, services and customers with a potential value of hundreds of M. BioConSepT will reduce the total processing costs and thus improve the competitiveness of the European agro/food and chemical industries. The use of renewable biomass will lead to a significant reduction of Green House Gas emissions and a more secure supply of feedstocks, energy and water as well as reduction of waste generation.


Patent
Lurgi Gmbh and Sud Chemie Ag | Date: 2010-11-16

A catalyst containing a pentasil-type alumosilicates and a binder, in the form of spheres having an average diameter between 0.3 and 7 mm, wherein the BET surface area of the catalyst ranges from 300 to 600 m^(2)/g. Also disclosed is a method for producing the catalyst, wherein primary crystallites of the aluminosilicate having an average diameter of at least 0.01 m and less than 0.1 m are mixed with the binder, shaped into spheres having an average diameter between 0.3 and 7 mm, and subsequently calcined. Also disclosed is the use of the catalyst for converting methanol into olefins, in particular propylene. Also disclosed is a method for producing olefins from methanol, in which a feed gas is fed across the catalyst.


The invention relates to a method for producing a catalytic composition, wherein the catalytic composition has a high activity and selectivity with regard to the oxidation of CO and a reduced activity with regard to the oxidation of NO. The invention also relates to the catalyst produced using the method according to the invention. Finally, the invention is directed towards an exhaust-gas cleaning system which comprises the catalyst according to the invention.


The disclosed invention is a composition for a humidity indicating device comprising Furthermore, the invention relates to a humidity indicator device comprising a sheet substrate and the composition for a humidity indicating device containing no heavy metals or halogen compounds, and to a process for preparing said humidity indicator device.


Patent
Sud Chemie Ag | Date: 2010-04-01

A process for obtaining white sugar from e.g. sugar cane by treating the crude sugar juice with acid activated bentonite preferably selected from the group of smectites, whereby the acid activated bentonite mixture replaces the traditional environmental unfriendly sulfitation process. The acid-activated clay together with polyaluminium salts, and preferably phosphoric and/or sulfuric acid allows obtaining a high quality white sugar.


The present invention relates to a zeolite comprising platinum. The invention furthermore relates to a method for producing said zeolite comprising platinum according to the invention, to the use of said zeolite as an oxidation catalyst and hydrocarbon reservoir and to a catalyst component comprising the zeolite according to the invention.


Patent
Sud Chemie Ag | Date: 2010-12-08

The invention relates to a method for obtaining ethanol from a carbohydrate-containing raw substrate wherein the ethanol that is produced is separated during fermentation using a carrier gas. The invention further relates to the adsorption of the ethanol from the gas phase to an adsorber, the desorption of the ethanol during a subsequent process step, and to the further concentration of the ethanol.


Patent
Sud Chemie Ag | Date: 2010-05-10

A composite material containing particles, in part provided with a pyrocarbon coating, of a mixed lithium metal oxide, as well as particles, in part provided with a pyrocarbon layer, of elementary carbon. Also, a process for producing such a composite material as well as an electrode containing the composite material and a secondary lithium-ion battery containing an electrode comprising the composite material.


A method for producing a catalytically active absorber for desulphurizing hydrocarbon streams by mixing a thermally decomposable copper source, a thermally decomposable molybdenum source, zinc oxide, and water, heating the mixture to decompose the copper and molybdenum sources to produce zinc oxide loaded with copper and molybdenum, and calcining the zinc oxide, wherein the zinc oxide has a specific surface area of more than 20 m^(2)/g and an average particle size D_(50 )in the range of from 7 to 60 m.

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