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IMPRESS will demonstrate and validate a new hybrid biorefinery process for the first time. The aim is to find ways to produce sustainable chemicals and materials.
IMPRESS integrates disruptive upstream and downstream technologies developed by the project partners. IMPRESS concept uses 2nd generation lignocellulosic biomass and turns process streams into value added products and green chemicals to replace existing fossil-based products.
Benefits of the IMPRESS concept:
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The overall objective is to create a value chain starting from non-edible biomass to renewable chemicals and materials that meet both economic and sustainability criteria.
Project has identified five key objects that are described below:
Objective 1: Develop separation, purification and analytical test methods for Dawn upstream process and integrate them to the IMPRESS demonstration scale process
Objective 2: Develop and upscale modular downstream processes including different separation and purification methods and integrate them to the IMPRESS demonstration scale process
Objective 3: To execute a conceptual process design (CPD), and to prepare an environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) specific for the integrated process
Objective 4: Validate the IMPRESS concept by integrating the upstream and downstream processes
Objective 5: Disseminate the IMPRESS results and benefits of the project concept to relevant stakeholders
The IMPRESS project is structured around seven Work Packages:
WP 1: Intensification of the IMPRESS upstream technology (Dawn Technology)
WP 2: Integration of the glycols downstream processing (Ray Technology)
WP 3: Valorisation of mixed sugar (C5/C6) and lignin streams
WP 4: Conceptual Process Design
WP 5: Life Cycle Analysis
WP 6: Dissemination, communication, education and exploitation
WP7 : Management
The IMPRESS consortium aims to demonstrate a new biorefinery concept based on integrating novel processes such as Avantium’s Dawn and Ray technologies for the first time. It also intends to develop new separation and purification methods. Technologies and processes used in the project are presented briefly below.
Dawn Technology™ (more information https://www.avantium.com/technologies/dawn/)
Ray Technology™ (more information https://www.avantium.com/technologies/ray/)
Demonstration plants at the Chemical Park Delfzilj, the Netherlands
The Dawn Technology™ pilot bio-refinery
The RAY demonstration plant (mono-ethylene glycol, MEG)
FiberLaboratory in Savonlinna, Finland
(more information https://www.xamk.fi/en/rdi/fiberlaboratory/)
IMPRESS consortium consists of ten industry and academic organizations across Europe. Avantium leads the research programme.
Avantium, the Netherlands
Avantium, a leading technology company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry, was founded in 2000 as a spinoff from Shell. The objective was to accelerate the application of high-throughput catalyst research and development across a range of industries. Since founding, Avantium has worked with partners around the world to develop efficient processes and sustainable products made from bio-based materials. Avantium is the coordinator of IMPRESS project and owner of the key technologies, Dawn and Ray Technologies ™.
Sulzer Chemtech, a division of Sulzer Ltd, offers innovative separation and mixing technology, process solutions, and field services for the oil and gas, hydrocarbon, and chemical processing industry. Sulzer’s advanced and economical solutions set standards in the field of mass transfer and static mixing. Sulzer’s portfolio includes state-of-the-art products for distillation, absorption, stripping, evaporation, phase separation, melt crystallisation, and liquid-liquid extraction.
Knauer is a medium-sized, owner-managed company that has been serving the sciences since 1962. Knauer develops and manufactures scientific instruments of superior quality for liquid chromatography systems and components, including: Analytical HPLC / UHPLC, Preparative HPLC, Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC), Moving-Column Chromatography / Simulated Moving Bed (SMB), Osmometry. Besides the instrumentation, Knauer offers method development services for analytical and preparative purposes.
The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organisation for scientific and technological research and is under the authority of the French Ministry for Research. The CNRS is also the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe.
Lenntech, the Netherlands
Lenntech provides water treatment solutions for all type of applications, from domestic equipment to industrial turnkey plants. It was created in 1993 as a spin-off of Delft Technical University. The company team is set by an experienced team of chemical, environmental, mechanical and electrical engineers who can offer a wide variety of solutions for industries that require certain water qualities. Lenntech’s experience on the supply of a wide range of technologies and extended know-how in all water related sectors, guarantees a cost-efficient solution that will meet water quality requirements.
Vogelbusch Biocommodities GmbH is part of the Vogelbusch group, a privately held engineering firm based in Austria since 1921. Specializing in white biotechnology, the company designs and constructs bioprocess plants on a global basis, with proprietary technology for the production of biocommodities such as alcohol, yeast, vinegar, organic acids, and starch sugars. Company expertise includes the integration of biological production techniques with related downstream processes, including scale-up based on lab testing. Vogelbusch’s research and development activities respond to industry demands for more effective, less expensive manufacturing and the refining of technologies to improve yields, energy consumption and environmental performance. R&D work is carried out at modern, in-house laboratory and pilot scale facilities.
PDC, the Netherlands
Process Design Center (PDC) is a technology provider in process development and integration. It is a non-profit SME, which has the aim to develop and promote sustainable products, production processes, and related activities. With more than 30 years of experience, key expertise includes conceptual process design and integration, techno-economic evaluation, and improvement of energy & resource efficiency.
Thinkstep is a global leader in integrated product and enterprise sustainability performance with leading software solutions and the world’s largest sustainability databases. Thinkstep has a sustainability consulting team of over 200 experts, including some of the internationally most respected sustainability practitioners and sector domain experts. Their GaBi Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) software is the leading LCA software used in the chemical industry.
Aalto University, Finland
Aalto University is a Finnish multidisciplinary university in the fields of science and technology, economics, architecture, and art and design. The School of Chemical Engineering (Aalto-CHEM) is one of the Aalto’s four schools of science and technology, with research areas related to new materials and sustainable processing of natural resources as well as products derived from these resources. The Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering has expertise in areas that enable a sustainable future with high performance products and processes in circular economy and bioeconomy, and The Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems is at the forefront of forest products technologies and cutting-edge biotechnology.
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) is an institute of higher education which focuses on wellbeing, technology and creative industries. Xamk has develop industrial process know how and new process concepts for forest industry cluster in FiberLaboratory. Process phenomena research and piloting activities have been spread to international markets in pulp washing, flash mixing, wastewater treatment and novel in-line processes. Wood biorefinery process research, piloting and education is key task in Xamk in Finland. E.g. wood extraction research by using continuous resource efficient process innovations is key development focus in the laboratory. In IMPRESS Xamk is responsible for the development and implementation of educational modules, and dissemination work leader.
As an outcome, the IMPRESS concept will originate in order to produce renewable chemicals environmentally friendly and efficiently.
Effective dissemination of major innovation outcomes to the current and next generation of employees, through the development of learning resources with flexible usability.
Project Coordinator (Avantium Chemicals BV):
Baudine Gevers Deynoot
Communication Manager (South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences):