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Feasibility of Bio-based Propylene Glycol

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "BioPG" data sheet

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Organization address
address: KADAKA TEE 3A
postcode: 10621
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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2017-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    OU NANO EE (TALLINN) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Propylene Glycol (PG) is a non-toxic alcohol that is used in various consumer and industrial applications, such as food and beverage, feed, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, plastics, electronics, etc. Its unique combination of properties makes it a valuable solvent, emulsifier, stabiliser, freezing point reducer and much more.

Still, dependency on oil prices, as well as costly and environmentally unfriendly production processes make PG today an expensive additive compared to alternative Ethylene Glycol (EG), a toxic chemical with similar properties and uses, but a tenfold larger market. EG has a sweet taste and is often accidentally ingested, leading to hundreds of fatal intoxication cases around the world annually.

Estonian SME Nano OÜ has developed a novel process to produce bio-based PG from agricultural waste in a fermentation process similar to ethanol fermentation. Innovative production process and our choice of raw materials bring down the produc agricultural waste tion cost and make PG price-competitive with hazardous EG, enabling to replace the latter in various high-value applications where human exposure is inevitable.

The BioPG project helps Nano to assess the business potential and economic feasibility of the proposed innovation, and focuses on:

• Creating a business plan to define the best strategy for the commercialization of the method; • Conducting a freedom-to-operate study to ensure no other patents are infringed by the proposed innovation project; • Preparing a preliminary design of a pilot plant for PG manufacturing.

As the result of the feasibility assessment, Nano will have necessary high-quality input to compose a competitive proposal for SMEI Phase 2 project, where detailed blueprints for the pilot plant are engineered and preparations for building the plant are made. After successful commercialisation, the expected annual turnover of Nano reaches €93 million by 2023.

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