Before CLO can be placed on the market, this product will be further tested and produced on a larger scale by InSciTe. We are working hard on a multifunctional pilot plant, which is expected to be operational in 2018. This pilot plant will have a capacity of about 160 liters per day, so that the partners can carry out tests on quantities of several hundred kilos and fuel samples can be delivered.
In May, Boot set up a spin-off, Vertoro BV (www.vertoro.nl) with the aim to commercialize the IE with regard to the process and the product generated within the Lignin RICHES project, and to make a contribution to the R&D activities within the framework of that project.
The Lignin RICHES project is part of a broad biobased InSciTe program that focuses on the production of building blocks for numerous products based on ‘second-generation’ conversion technology, whereby non-edible biomass and agricultural waste are used as raw materials. The processes that are used to convert biomass are extremely complex and costly to develop. That is why we work with joint projects in which different parties bundle their technologies to limit the risks of development and to lower the investment costs. Commercial parties are also involved to shorten the time-to-market.
Unlike many other public-private cooperative institutes, InSciTe has its own infrastructure with laboratories, test facilities and office spaces on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. InSciTe has two research programs: the development of biomedical materials and the development of biobased building blocks. The biobased program is focused on the production of sustainable materials and processes for commercial products and services that contribute to a circular economy.
The Lignin RICHES project is part of the larger collaborations BIO-HArT and SCeLiO-4B. For more information about the Lignin RICHES project, go to: Chemelot Inscite.Want to revolutionise the chemistry and materials industry? Check out the next Redefining Chemistry Incubation Program: