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Fuel and chemicals from lignin through enzymatic and chemical conversion

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Project "FALCON" data sheet

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Coordinator
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW 

Organization address
address: KLOVENIERSBURGWAL 29 HET TRIPPENHUIS
city: AMSTERDAM
postcode: 1011 JV
website: www.knaw.nl

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website http://www.falcon-biorefinery.eu/
 Total cost 6˙555˙883 €
 EC max contribution 6˙148˙783 € (94%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.4. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Biotechnology)
 Code Call H2020-NMBP-BIO-2016
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2020-12-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙657˙750.00
2    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO FI (HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO) participant 1˙303˙593.00
3    BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW BE (DESTELDONK GENT) participant 948˙625.00
4    METGEN OY FI (KAARINA) participant 732˙500.00
5    PROGRESSION-INDUSTRY BV NL (EINDHOVEN) participant 726˙875.00
6    SUPREN GMBH DE (DORTMUND) participant 587˙125.00
7    ITALIAN BIO PRODUCTS SRL IT (TORTONA) participant 100˙000.00
8    TOTAL RAFFINAGE CHIMIE FR (COURBEVOIE) participant 92˙315.00
9    WINTERTHUR GAS & DIESEL AG CH (WINTERTHUR) participant 0.00

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 Project objective

The transition to a biobased economy puts strong challenges on researchers and industry to develop sustainable processes. 2G biofuel plants use waste streams as substrates, but themselves generate a new waste stream of lignin-rich sludge that is left after saccharification of the carbohydrates. This waste stream is expected to exponentially increase with an increasing number of 2G bioethanol plants being built, according to a report of the International Energy Agency. FALCON aims to convert this lignin-rich industrial waste of 2G biofuel plants to higher value products, in particular shipping fuels, fuel additives and chemical building blocks. This would be the next consecutive step in turning waste to products, thus minimizing waste and simultaneously providing new alternatives for fossil resource based processes. The FALCON process is based on enzymatic and mild chemical conversion of the lignin waste stream, providing a more environmentally friendly approach to the production of fuels and chemical building blocks. FALCON takes full advantage of the lessons learned over the last 150 years in the petrochemical industry with respect to design of the processes. This implies an initial treatment at the 2G bioethanol plant, converting the waste to a lignin oil that can be more easily transported and also directly used as a low sulphur shipping fuel. It will be further converted into fuel additives and chemical building blocks in centralized facilities. To achieve this, FALCON has formed a consortium of industry (3), SME (4) and academics (2) covering the whole value chain from a 2G biofuel plant delivering the lignin waste to enzyme producers, chemists and process engineers to depolymerize the lignin to oil. End-users are a fuel and chemicals producer and a ship engine developer. This unique combination of expertise and infrastructure will ensure the development of three new value chains with a strong emphasis on the economical sustainability.

 Deliverables

List of deliverables.
Project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-20 18:45:01
Desired additive specs Documents, reports 2020-03-20 18:45:00
Plan for FALCON communication Documents, reports 2020-03-20 18:45:01
Full set of communication materials Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-20 18:45:01
Desired LCO specs Documents, reports 2020-03-20 18:45:00

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of FALCON deliverables.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ronnie J. M. Lubbers, Adiphol Dilokpimol, Jorge Navarro, Mao Peng, Mei Wang, Anna Lipzen, Vivian Ng, Igor V. Grigoriev, Jaap Visser, Kristiina S. Hildén, Ronald P. de Vries
Cinnamic Acid and Sorbic acid Conversion Are Mediated by the Same Transcriptional Regulator in Aspergillus niger
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-4185, DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00249
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 7 2020-03-20
2019 Uula Hyväkkö, Riku Maltari, Tia Kakko, Jussi Kontro, Joona Mikkilä, Petri Kilpeläinen, Eric Enqvist, Panu Tikka, Kristiina Hildén, Paula Nousiainen, Jussi Sipilä
On the Effect of Hot-Water Pretreatment in Sulfur-Free Pulping of Aspen and Wheat Straw
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-1343, DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.9b02619
ACS Omega 2020-03-20
2019 R.J.M. Lubbers, A.J. Liwanag, M. Peng, A. Dilokpimol, I. Benoit‐Gelber, R.P. Vries
Evolutionary adaptation of Aspergillus niger for increased ferulic acid tolerance
published pages: , ISSN: 1364-5072, DOI: 10.1111/jam.14505
Journal of Applied Microbiology November 1 2020-03-20
2019 Ronnie J. M. Lubbers, Adiphol Dilokpimol, Mao Peng, Jaap Visser, Miia R. Mäkelä, Kristiina S. Hildén, Ronald P. de Vries
Discovery of Novel p -Hydroxybenzoate- m -hydroxylase, Protocatechuate 3,4 Ring-Cleavage Dioxygenase, and Hydroxyquinol 1,2 Ring-Cleavage Dioxygenase from the Filamentous Fungus Aspergillus niger
published pages: 19081-19089, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04918
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7/23 2020-03-20
2019 Ronnie J.M. Lubbers, Adiphol Dilokpimol, Jaap Visser, Miia R. Mäkelä, Kristiina S. Hildén, Ronald P. de Vries
A comparison between the homocyclic aromatic metabolic pathways from plant-derived compounds by bacteria and fungi
published pages: , ISSN: 0734-9750, DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2019.05.002
Biotechnology Advances 2020-03-20
2018 Veera Hämäläinen, Toni Grönroos, Anu Suonpää, Matti Wilhem Heikkilä, Bastiaan Romein, Petri Ihalainen, Sara Malandra, Klara R. Birikh
Enzymatic Processes to Unlock the Lignin Value
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-4185, DOI: 10.3389/fbioe.2018.00020
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 6 2020-03-20
2018 Mila Marinović, Paula Nousiainen, Adiphol Dilokpimol, Jussi Kontro, Robin Moore, Jussi Sipilä, Ronald P. de Vries, Miia R. Mäkelä, Kristiina Hildén
Selective Cleavage of Lignin β- O -4 Aryl Ether Bond by β-Etherase of the White-Rot Fungus Dichomitus squalens
published pages: 2878-2882, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b03619
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6/3 2020-03-20

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