EU funds €23 million for a new plant to produce biobased solvent from lignocellulosic feedstocks [Full subscriber]
The Melbourne-based biotech start-up Circa Group is taking the lead in the European flagship project to produce biobased the platform chemical levoglucosenone (LGO) through its proprietary Furacel technology.
Researchers at Kanazawa University have chemically modified Kraft lignin — ordinarily produced in pulp mills is destined for low-added value applications — and used it in the production of quality carbon fibre composite. Once the process is optimised, it will invite significant application interest from not only aerospace, defence and automotive industries due to the combination of its lightweight nature (providing a solution to reducing the weight of vehicles et al), its versatility and strength.
Solvay has opened a second plant in Brazil for its Augeo line of biobased solvents, more than tripling production capacity 6000 to 20,000 tonnes per year.
Researchers at US Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab have transformed lignin into a precursor for a useful chemical with a wide range of potential applications.
The Finnish pulp and paper producer UPM commenced the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany on 7th October.
The Israeli start-up W-Cycle has developed SupraPulp, plastic-free packaging made of sugarcane bagasse that is compostable, safe, and containers.
The start-up Waste Lab, Poland has been successful in converting beet pulp into tableware, packaging, and other products.