14. Feb 2019

Unlocking the potential of biomass

Unlocking the potential of biomass

Bio4Products is an EU-funded project that aims to demonstrate how demonstrate how four bio-resources - straw, bark, forest residue and sunflower husks - can be used to create renewable and natural alternatives to fossil-based processing streams such as bitumen, phenols and creosote.

bBio4Products will demonstrate the integration of these sustainable resources into four end products: roofing material, phenolic resins, sand moulding resins, and engineered wood and natural fibre reinforced products. At least 30 per cent of the original fossil-based stream in these products will be replaced by sustainable resources, to deliver a 75 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The selected bio-resources are unsuitable for food production; they do not stimulate indirect land use change and there is no commercially viable technology for industry to exploit these resources. Bio4Products aims to target their long-term sustainability by carrying out in-depth assessments of each resource.
Treatment by a state-of-the-art technique called fast pyrolysis will first convert the solid biomass into a bio-oil, while largely preserving the original functionalities. In the next step, the functional groups present in the bio-oil are then separated out by fractionation, yielding a sugar stream and a lignin stream.
The project will carry out an environmental impact assessment and conduct a detailed economic and market study to develop a strong business case for the four products.
BIO4PRODUCTS is currently a member of the platform, BioWatch – the one-stop-shop for the latest research breakthroughs, news and upcoming events in the bioeconony sector. As a member of BioWatch, BIO4PRODUCTS can communicate directly with the research projects they are interested in and receive alerts in response, they are also part of BioWatch’s growing community of stakeholders (policy makers, industry experts, media) within this sector and have open opportunities for future collaborations.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 723070.


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