VALCHEM

Chemical Building Blocks from Wood
Project lead:
UPM |

“Each part of the process - wood-to-sugars for chemical production, production of bio-MPG from sugars and production of lignin based performance chemicals - show progress well beyond the state-of-art," Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Consortium.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

ValChem (Value added chemical building blocks and lignin from wood) is an ambitious project combining expertise from the forest, chemical and biotechnology industries to develop a sustainable and integrated process to convert wood into useful end products.

KEY FACTS
Type of Project

BBI
Demo

Start Date

Jan
2015

Duration

4
Years

BBI Funding

€ 5.4
Million

Total Cost

€ 18.5
Million

PROJECT AIMS

Demonstrate the technical and economic viability of an integrated biochemicals process covering the whole value chain from wood raw material to a selected platform chemical and lignin-based performance chemicals.

EXPECTED RESULTS

Job creation and increased regional development. Future biorefineries based on this platform technology will be located in rural areas, where biomass is readily available.

Valorisation of over 75% of the raw material (wood).

Utilisation of existing project partner demonstration plants to produce wood-based chemicals with a value two to six times higher than traditional products and competitive with fossil-based alternatives.

Improved sustainability of industrial processing and wood production (as more wood with PEFC and FSC certificates will be used).

Expansion of the market for bio-based chemicals, helping to mobilise further investment and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable industrial sector.

BIOPRODUCTS
  • Lignin
  • Bio-MPG (mono-propylene glycol
APPPLICATIONS
  • Chemicals
  • Resins and Coatings