AFORE - Forest Biorefinery: Added Value Chemicals and Polymers by new integrated separation, fractionation and upgrading technologies
funding type European Comission
programme FP7-NMP
acronym/
reference
AFORE
alternative reference 228589
research group(s) G4 - Biorefineries, Biobased Materials and Recycling;
department Chemistry (DQ)
execution dates 2009-09-01 - 2013-08-31 ( 48 Months )
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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.

coordinator
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Armando Jorge Domingues Silvestre
ciceco status Partner
proponent institution TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
partner institution(s)

Danisco Sweeteners Oy
Finland
INNVENTIA AB
Sweden
OY KESKUSLABORATORIO - CENTRALLABORATORIUM AB
Finland
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Austria
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
INSTITUTUL DE CHIMIE MACROMOLECULARA PETRU PONI
Romania
Instituto Superior de Agronomia
Portugal
SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
CELULOSE BEIRA INDUSTRIAL SA
Portugal
Oy Separation Research Ab
Finland
NATEX PROZESSTECHNOLOGIE GESMBH
Austria
GRANIT RECHERCHE DEVELOPPEMENT SA
Switzerland
HTE AG THE HIGH THROUGHPUT EXPERIMENTATION COMPANY
Germany
DANISCO SWEETENERS OY
Finland
University of Maine
United States
SODRA CELL
Sweden
Greenvalue SA
Switzerland

international partner(s) yes
total budget 10.746.919€
ciceco budget 876.199€
project code 3.89.103
link http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/94657_en.html
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