Lignin Production Capacity R&D and Innovations

Belgium Will Build Plant to Convert Lignin and Wood into Bio-Aromatics

VITO and partners have presented a plan to build a pilot plant in Antwerp for the production of bio-aromatics from lignin/wood.

The Ligno Value Pilot plant will cost € 4.3 mln and should be operational in 2021. VITO (Independent Flemish Research Organization) is building the plant with Jacobs Belgium and VMH.

The plant will convert wood and lignin into aromatics and subsequent fractionation into monomers, dimers and oligomers. The pilot plant will have a 200 kg/day production.

The plant will be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the province of Antwerp and the Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation.

The purpose is to help companies develop new business. VITO is looking for companies that want to test new applications and feedstock providers.

VITO is already involved in a large number of projects related to the conversion of lignin and wood to bio-aromatics: MAIA, ARBOREF, BIO-HArT, SmartLi and LigniOx.

Jan Van Havenbergh, Managing director of Catalisti said

“Bringing innovations to higher Technology Readiness Levels is of the utmost importance for the Flemish chemical industry to bridge the gap between development and implementation to allow an economic valorisation in Flanders and abroad.”

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CLOSING REMARKS

  • There’s a lot of recent development in lignin and cellulose technologies. Maybe one day, lignin and cellulose will disrupt the bioplastics sector.
  • It was about time that Belgium came up with Bioplastics news. Thank god for VITO. Belgium has lot of potential but doesn’t come up with breakthrough innovation or disruptions. It’s like their football team: they have the best team and players but cannot go further than third place. A lack of commitment !
  • The largest Belgian chemical (and Bioplastics) company is Solvay. They probably don’t even remember that they’re producing bioplastics.

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