Improve Biorefinery Operations through Process Intensification and New End Products

The ultimate objective is to lead to a reduction in operation costs, feedstock and energy resources, greenhouse gas emissions and higher yields, while increasing operation safety, by concentrating on technologies which can intensify processing methods and create an integrated biorefinery concept.

Of particular interest in BioSPRINT is the valorisation of hemicelluloses streams derived from hard wood and straw, from processes employed in the production of paper pulp or biofuels. Such streams are readily available from the pilot or production processes of the project’s research and industrial partners (Fraunhofer and UPM). A case study using a stream from Clariant will also be carried out Activity areas.

With regards to processing technologies, BioSPRINT will focus on 4 activity areas:

  • Upstream purification;
  • Catalytic conversion;
  • Downstream purification;
  • Polymerisation.

The project will develop and validate an intensified and integrated purification strategy leveraging innovative anti-solvent precipitation and membrane separation methods, novel intensified and integrated catalytic processes for dehydration of C5 and C6 hemicelluloses sugars into monomers, extractive-reaction methods to isolate the reaction products from the reaction medium in situ, heterogeneous catalysts and an intensified polymerisation process for furan-based derivatives. Cross-cutting activities will cover process simulation and optimisation, an Integrated Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (ILCSA), standardisation, dissemination and exploitation activities.

The ifeu is coordinating the work package "Integrated Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment" and is responsible in particular for the preparation of life cycle assessments.


Project start June 2020


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 887226. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortiu


Dechema Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie E.V. (DE) (Coordinator)

Aep Polymers Srl (IT)

Dynamic & Security Computations Sl (ES)

Ebos Technologies Limited (CY)

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V. (DE)

Iris Technology Solutions, Sociedad Limitada (ES)

Kemijski Institut (SI)

Maturus Optimi Bv (NL)

Oulun Yliopisto (FI)

Prefere Resins Germany Gmbh (DE)

University Of Newcastle Upon Tyne (GB)

Upm-Kymmene Oyj (FI)

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