New biobased packaging, sustainable textiles and 2G biorefineries
Innventia is involved in three new European projects aiming for innovative solutions for a future bioeconomy. The three projects, PULPACKTION, NeoCel and BIOSKOH are all partially financed by BBI JU, a partnership between EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium.
Today, products with medium and high barrier requirements such as specific food and electronic packaging applications are packed in polymer fossil based solutions. The new PULPACKTION project will develop 100 percent bio-based integral packaging solutions with similar properties to existing fossil-based solutions. This will be achieved by using wet-moulding production of wood pulp mixed with other bio-based compounds in order to tailor the properties of the final material. To fulfil the fully bio-based approach, new barriers of optimised biopolymers will be implemented onto the wet moulded substrate.
PULPACKTION involves 13 partners and is coordinated by Rottneros Packaging. Innventia will be responsible for the activities regarding consumer insight and play an active role in the development, production and evaluation of new fibre formulations. Furthermore, Innventia will participate in investigating the performance of developed fibre formulations in pilot scale trials as well as sustainability evaluations of produced materials and concepts.
The driving force for the NeoCel project is the growing need for textiles produced from sustainable resources using environmentally friendly processes. The main objective is to develop innovative and techno-economically feasible alkaline processes, which could be integrated with pulp mills. This will enable the sustainable production of higher quality eco-innovative textile fibres from reactive high-cellulose pulps.
A consortium of 15 partners representing the whole chain from cellulose raw material to cellulose garments has been formed. Innventia with well renowned skills in pulping technology, chemical recovery/regeneration, advanced fibre characterisation and techno-economic evaluation plays an active part in most work packages. The consortium, coordinated by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, expects that a successful project will enable creation of 75 000 new jobs and increase turnover for European forest products, textile and clothing industries by EUR 9.5 billion within 15 years.
The BIOSKOH project will pave the way for a European bioeconomy by showcasing how a number of innovation stepping stones, such as yield, biomass cost, brownfield and industrial symbiosis, can realise a breakthrough in techno-economic viability of ligno-cellulosic biorefineries. The overall aim is to realise the largest 2nd generation (2G) biorefinery in Europe and the first step is a flagship plant that will produce 55 000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol per year for EU bio-fuel mandates. This will be built on a brownfield industrial site in the eastern part of the Slovak Republic. The BIOSKOH consortium is coordinated by Energochemica and involves 11 partners from 7 European countries. Partners include the full value chain starting from landowners and feedstock producers. Innventia is involved in lignin valorisation, which is an important part in building the commercial concept.