ongoing project

Biobased chemicals derived from the levulinic acid (LVA) platform offer molecules with both novel functionality as well as substitutes to fossil-based chemicals. Both attributes are important for commercial success. The implementation of biobased chemicals faces several challenges e.g. supply of suitable feedstock that must not compete with food demand, upscaling to commercial scale as well as acceptance of the biobased chemicals in the marketplace. In order to scale up any biobased chemical technology to large quantities at competitive cost levels compared to their petroleum counterparts, several smaller production scales have to be realized prior to a successful technical scale up. The novel functionality of LVA derived biochemicals allow for speciality application at these smaller production scales, which make them commercially attractive. GreenSolRes recognises the above-mentioned challenges and aims to demonstrate competitiveness of the versatile platform chemical LVA- value chain, from lignocellulosic biomass towards high added value products, by systematically evaluating the possible risks of these new products during research and development. The project advances production processes in several steps of the value chain, generates all data required for commercialisation, serves as reference for investors and policy and prepares the marketing of the large-scale production by distribution of samples to potential customers. These activities are carried out as part of a joint industrial and academic collaboration that encompasses all central but highly diverse areas of chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences and economics.

Project objectives
- To convert biomass to the platform chemical LVA and further into 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF), gamma-valerolactone (GVL) and 1-methyl-1,4-butanediol (MeBDO).
- To develop, based on the molecules named above, derivates for industrial and consumer adhesives.
- To have an optimized process design of all process components
- To demonstrate the competitiveness of the LVA hydrogenation value chain in terms of costs, environmental impacts and technical performance.

Coordination RWTH Aachen
60 months



Demonstration of solvent and resin production from lignocellulosic biomass via the platform chemical levulinic acid. Project started on 1st September 2016.