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Lignin refining for high value applications

Research and technical development on lignin. The results will help minimize cost and environmental impact through efficient use of energy and biomass resources, maximize volume and quality through production efficiency and runnability, meet societal needs with products made from forest biomass, and enable circular economy.

Different types of lignin originating from kraft pulp mills, sulphite pulp mills, ethanol production plants and agricultural waste all have unique characteristics. To understand which applications, they are best suited for, we will include studies on separation techniques, tailoring of properties, and material development. The target products are carbonised lignin applications such as carbon fibres, energy storage and emission control, where lignin represents an affordable and sustainable alternative to current fossil-based components. Non-carbonised lignin applications, for example, adhesives, coatings and sealants will also be studied and techno-economically evaluated.


Summary

Project name

Lignin refining

Status

Active

Area

Biorefinery

RISE role in project

RISE are managing the consortium and projects

Project start

Duration

January 2018 – December 2020

Total budget

Approximately 35 MSEK including in-kind contributions

Partner

A consortium with RISE and 13 companies

The UN sustainable development goals

Partnerships for the goals
Decent work and economic growth
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Responsible consumption and production

Fredrik Aldaeus

Contact person

Fredrik Aldaeus

Senior research associate

+46 10 228 45 40
fredrik.aldaeus@ri.se

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