Driven by consumer concerns over the impact of climate change and rising oil prices, there is a growing commercial desire within the chemical industry to move away from commodities traditionally manufactured from petrochemicals and toward the production of bio-based platform chemicals.
The aim of ADMIT BIOSUCCINOVATE is (i) deliver 2 generation C6 sugar streams produced from lignocellulosic biomass for the commercial production of bio-succinic acid; (ii) demonstrate improved greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, and economic viability to facilitate commercialisation of 2G sugars (iii) develop innovative bio-tech processes for the commercialisation of lignocellulosic biomass co-products and (iv) Identify market hot-spots to accelerate the uptake of bio-based products with greatest potential economic growth and GHG reduction. Specific products will be: glucose for production of bio-succinic acid, xylose for xylitol production and lignin fractions, suitable as polymer building blocks with higher commercial and energy value than solely calorific content (specific DLO-FBR task).
Within ADMIT BIOSUCCINOVATE four 2 generation lignocellulosic feedstocks (willow, miscanthus, wheat straw & corn stover) will be targeted to produce second generation (2G) sugars and lignin via the development of new pre-treatment processes. The integration of both thermo-chemical and biological processes will be explored to reduce both carbon emissions and the economic cost associated with pre-treatment of biomass and subsequent conversion to industrial building blocks.