LignoValue Pilot

Project Aim

A continuous pilot line for the depolymerisation of lignin into innovative biobased aromatics at industrial relevant conditions (design capacity: 1-10 kg/h output of bioaromatics.


The LignoValue Pilot plant will enable the techno-economic proof-of-concepts for the catalytic depolymerisation of lignin as a necessary step in the trajectory towards demo/commercial scale. Additional, this pilot line will allow the production of larger amounts of bio-aromatic fractions to allow companies to take further steps in their application development path. Often the development of applications can only be done at kg scale, if not 100 kg scale, to enable detailed properties’ testing. The pilot meets the needs of various companies that have already expressed an interest in innovative molecules and a willingness to carry out application testing. Additional investments for lignin solvolysis are under construction and will be compatible with the LignoValue Pilot plant, operational from Q2 2023.

Investment: 4.60 Million
Year of investment / Project duration: 2021-2022
Country(ies) of investment: Belgium
Region of investment: Flanders
Employment created: -
Bio-based feedstock(s) utilised: Lignin (Organosolv, hydrolysis)