08.03.2017Avantium collaborates with four industry experts to convert wood into a biochemical.
Avantium, one of our industry’s leading Avantium Chemicals Reference Plantchemical technology companies is frequently featured on our pages as they present new innnovations and an increasing focus on commercialisation. Now, their latest breakthrough in the bio-economy is the development of their new reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl in the Netherlands. Whilst this project is being led by Avantium, they have also announced their partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer. Together, it has marked an important step to determine the feasibility of a wood to chemical biorefinery in Delfzijl. The new reference plant will be based on a technology recently industrialised by Avantium. The breakthrough process known as the Zambezi process has developed technologies to produce sugars for the production of chemicals and fuels from non-food materials. These include forestry residues and agricultural byproducts such as corn stover or bagasse: so called second generation (2G) feedstocks. Now it requires the support and expertise from new divisions of the biochemical industry.

Avantium's Zambezi process aims to establish a cost-effective method for the production of high-purity glucose. The breakthrough technology converts woody biomass into sugars and lignin. It is particularly suited for making high purity glucose required for the production of a wide range of bio-based chemicals and materials for the chemical industry of tomorrow. This glucose is suitable for both catalytic and fermentation processes for the production of a new and growing generation of sustainable materials (such as PLA, PEF, PBAT, PHA). The lignin is an excellent feedstock for renewable bioenergy applications, as its energy content is significantly higher than that of woody biomass.