LEVULINIC ACID PRODUCTION

Project lead:
GF Biochemicals |

“Our Team of experts has decades of experience in innovation, production and business development. We are now perfectly-placed to bring bio-based levulinic acid to market and enable new applications that will replace petro-based products,” Maxim Katinov, CEO GFBiochemicals

ABOUT THE PROJECT

In 2008, a group of bio-based chemical experts saw the significant potential of levulinic acid to replace petroleum-based products across a range of market sectors.

KEY FACTS
Type of Project

Company
Initiative

Duration

-
Years

BBI Funding

€ -
Million

Total Cost

€ 30
Million

PROJECT AIMS

Produce levulinic acid at commercial scale directly from biomass. GFBiochemicals has retrofitted an existing plant to produce 10 kta of levulinic acid and 2 kta of formic acid from waste biomass. The GFBiochemicals process is feedstock flexible and allows for a wide range of downstream transformations.

EXPECTED RESULTS

Demonstration of cost-competitive reactor, recovery and purification technologies with high conversion yields for levulinic acid and formic acid.

By 2017, the project will generate 600 direct and indirect jobs and inject €40 million into the economy.

Bio-based products made with levulinic acid will be used as replacements for petroleum-based products, resulting in greenhouse gas emission reductions (GHG) of 40,000 tons.

Land that is unsuitable for arable farming will be cultivated for energy crops.

The creation of a new value chain centred on levulinic acid – a versatile building block for chemicals and materials derived directly from biomass, will help to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and contribute to the circular economy.

BIOPRODUCTS
  • Levulinc acid
  • Formic acid
APPPLICATIONS
  • Fuel Additives
  • Food and Flavors
  • Aviation Fuels
  • Solvents
  • Personal Care
  • Biodiesel
  • Resins and Coatings
  • Polymers and Plasticizers
  • Agrochemicals
  • Chemicals