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Valorisation of biorefinery by-products leading to closed loop systems with improved economic and environmental performance

Valor Plus

The Valor Plus project is providing new knowledge, new biotechnologies and new products that support the release, refinement and transformation of lignocellulosic biomass, lipids and low-volume functional chemicals to produce multiple bulk and high-value product streams.
Proyecto Valor Plus
Source of funds:
European
Scopes: Chemicals and cleaning products;Food & Beverages;Cosmetic and pharmaceutical
Lines research: Development of New Advanced Materials

The new generation biorefineries are integrated, closed loop and  designed to make the best use of biorefinery by-products to deliver new high value new products. The Valor Plus project is providing new knowledge, new biotechnologies and new products that support the release, refinement and transformation of lignocellulosic biomass, lipids and low-volume functional chemicals to produce multiple bulk and high-value product streams.

Valor Plus supports the realisation of sustainable, economically viable closed loop integrated biorefineries through the development of new knowledge, (bio-)technologies and products that enable valorisation of key biorefinery by-products.

  • Pre-treatment and fractionation: development of a novel methodology for the controlled breakdown, release and fractionation of the lignocellulosice biomass
  • Hemicellulose Valorisation: engineering of new enzymes and microorganisms for the controlled hydrolysis and transformation of hemicellulose to high value oligomers and bulk fermentation product streams
  • Lignin Valorisation: utilisation of combined chemo-enzymatic and chemo-microbial processes for the controlled depolymerisation and transformation of standardised lignin feedstocks to value product streams
  • Glycerol Valorisation: engineering of new microorganisms  suitable for the fermentation of crude glycerol to higher value product streams
  • Demonstration of the technological and economic potential: demonstrating component technologies, roadmaps for technology and product stream integration, case studies and a full life cycle assessment.
With funding from the EU FP7 programme, the Valor Plus project consists of a  strong consortium of 14 partners, including SMEs, research centres, universities and one large enterprise: Aengoa Research, ASA Spezialenzyme, ASEBIO, Biobasic Environnement, Brunel Univsersity, UK Health and Environmental Research Institute, CARTIF, IFAM, TUM, POLIMI, KNAUER, Beta Renowable Group, VOGEL and ITENE. 

Contribution: 451.655,00 €
Project ID: 613802

UE This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no FP7-KBBE-2013-7-613802.