Chemical building blocks from versatile municipal solid waste biorefinery
Research & Innovation Action
2017 to 2020
UGent, Industrias Mecanicas Alcudia, AIMPLAS, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bio-economy, Agricultural University of Athens, Fundación CENER-CIEMAT, tbw research GesmbH, IRIS Advanced Engineering Ltd, SO.F.TER. Spa, Hayat Kimya Sanayi Anonim, Covestro Deutschland AG, Exergy Ltd.
PERCAL will exploit Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as feedstock to develop intermediate chemical products at high yield and low impurity level with huge industrial interest. These will be complementary to the bioethanol (current PERSEO technology), to achieve a cascade valorisation of the MSW components, i.e.:
• Lactic acid (LA) to produce: 1) Eco-friendly ethyl lactate solvents by reactive distillation from lactic acid & bio-ethanol to be used in cleaning products and inks and 2) hot-melt adhesives for cardboard and other non-food applications in combination with maleic anhydride by reactive extrusion.
• Succinic acid (SA) as an intermediate building blocks to production of polyols for the polyurethane industry.
• Biosurfactants by chemical and/or microbiological modification of protein and lipid fraction from remaining fraction of MSW fermentation.