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TOPIC : Advanced products from lignin and cellulose streams of the pulp and paper industry

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.D3
Publication date: 09 July 2014

Types of action: BBI-IA-DEMO Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration
Opening date:
09 July 2014
Deadline: 15 October 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: The transformation of chemical pulp and paper mills into advanced biorefineries involves maximisation of the value derived from their cellulose main streams as well as their lignin-containing side streams by converting them into new and higher added value products. This in turn improves resource- and cost-effectiveness of their operations. Two important strategies in this endeavour are (i) the conversion of cellulose streams into innovative light weight structures for packaging and other applications (e.g. new concepts include foam-formed cellulose fibre based structures); (ii) the isolation of lignin from cooking spent liquors and its further conversion into value-added products.

Scope: Demonstration of the techno-economic viability of the production of at least two product ranges: one based on isolation and application of lignin and one based on the production and application of lightweight foam-formed cellulose. Proposals should demonstrate the feasibility of the different process stages of the manufacturing process. They should also specifically address the technological challenges related to: (i) for cellulose-products in particular wet pressing and drying of foam formed web and (ii) for lignin products in particular the separation of a constant quality lignin stream from black liquor, solving the problem of Na2SO4-emission. Developed products should match application requirements in terms of functional properties. For the case of cellulose-based lightweight structures applications include, among others, packaging solutions for food as well as high value products (e.g. electronics packaging, papers, construction and car sectors), while for lignin streams applications include e.g. fibres, glues, composite materials, or aromatic chemicals. A life-cycle assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed technologies within the entire value chain. The feasibility of integrating the developed approaches into existing industrial processing chains should be assessed while the involvement of end-users should be considered. Proposals will consider standardisation related activities expected to facilitate the market uptake of the developed bioproducts.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of at least EUR 8 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals with another budget.

Expected impact:

         Demonstrating of cellulose based light weight structures exhibiting high strength, matching the performance of competing conventional products, but with at least a 20% reduction in energy and raw material consumption.

         Demonstrating of lignin separation processes enabling on one side the elimination of Na2SO4 emissions and on the other side  production of bioproducts having a value of at least 10 times the current value of black liquor when burned for energy.

         Opening up new applications and markets and increase the competitiveness of the European pulp, board and paper making industries, additionally showing high potential in terms of job creation in rural areas, moreover showing high potential for replicability in Europe.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part F of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.

    3.2 For submission and evaluation process, see the H2020 Guide to the submission and evaluation process
    and the BBI JU Calls 2014 - Guide for applicants.

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    BBI Innovation Action Demonstration (BBI-IA-DEMO) :

    Specific provisions and funding rates: described in part D of the Annex of the BBI JU Annual Work Plan 2014.
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    BBI JU Model Grant Agreement
    H2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement

  7. Additional provisions:

    Technology readiness levels (TRL): described in part E of the Annex of the BBI Annual Work Plan.

  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
  9. BBI additional documents:
    BBI JU Call fiche 2014
    BBI JU Work Plan 2014
    BBI JU Scientific Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA)
    Horizon 2020 Rules for participation
    BBI-JU derogation to H2020 Rules for Participation
    BBI JU – Regulation of establishment


Additional documents

  • Information on selected projects of the call 2014 en
  • Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking FAQ on Financing Rules en

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