The objective is to develop integral technology for a lignocellulose
biorefinery that enables optimal valorisation of all biomass
fractions. The project comprises development of new pre-treatment and
fractionation technology, catalytic pyrolysis and depolymerisation of
lignin followed by upgrading via catalytic hydrodeoxygenation.
In this four year project (2007-2010) Aston University will perform
collaborative R&D on catalytic pyrolysis with project partners,
including the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), that
lead the project. Aston have been subcontracted to ECN and will carry
out rapid screening of a range of samples under different conditions in
order to establish the most promising parameters, and identify valuable
The most successful samples will be tested on small and large
laboratory fluid bed pyrolysis units to derive quantitative samples of
products for analysis and characterisation. A range of temperatures and
reactive environments will be explored.
Other partners are Agrotechnology and Food Innovations
(co-ordinator), Wageningen University and Groningen University. Several
companies will be on the steering committee.
SenterNovem of the Netherlands' Department of Economic Affairs
Agrotechnology and Food Innovations
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Hans Reith, Ligno-Value Project Coordinator
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands