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New hybrid biorefinery processes to integrate upstream and downstream technologies

The IMPRESS project, where 10 partners from 6 countries have joined their forces, will demonstrate a new hybrid biorefinery process for the first time. It integrates disruptive upstream and downstream technologies developed by the project partners.

Million €
Funding instrument H2020-NMBP-ST-IND- CE-SPIRE
Project duration 4 years, Sep 2019 – Aug 2023
Partners 10 partners from 6 countries

The main objective of the IMPRESS project, funded by EU SPIRE, is to develop and upscale separation and purification methods for the upstream process and modular downstream processes in hybrid biorefinery.

Key challenges

Today, process industry operations for downstream processing represent major part of the CAPEX and OPEX costs. These high costs for downstream processing are often linked to the inefficiencies in the upstream process, due to low conversion and formation of co-products, by-products and/or impurities.

In the 4-year IMPRESS research project, resource and energy efficiency are achieved by providing novel technologies for upstream and downstream unit operations, thus enabling better integration.

How we reached the goals

Spinverse supported the consortium members in the application for the EU SPIRE funding and proposal preparation by assisting in the application procedures: we collected and formulated the texts to the application and actively worked to ensure the overall quality of the project proposal.

Key takeaways

The new biorefinery process called Dawn and the novel catalytic process for plant-based MEG (mono-ethylene glycol) called Mekong will enable to produce new products like xylitol, erythritol, bio-based ultra-pure monoethylene glycol and monopropylene glycol and lignin derived activated carbon. Together, these technologies enable the production of nature derived polyesters and support the transition of the chemicals and materials industries to non-fossil resources.

It is expected that the new purification and separation methods and new high value products combined with benefits deriving from the integration will decrease OPEX by 25 % and CAPEX by 20 %. In addition, the GHG emissions are expected to decrease more than 20 %.

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