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TOPIC : New sustainable pulping technologies

Topic identifier: BBI.VC2.R2
Publication date: 09 July 2014

Types of action: BBI-RIA Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
09 July 2014
Deadline: 15 October 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Scope:

Specific challenge: In the trend towards optimising the (cost-)effectiveness and sustainability of the transformation of wood into new value-added products, one of the key challenges is to reduce temperature, pressure and toxicity of the chemical pulping processes. A newly discovered class of separation technologies based on natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES), shows potential in terms of decomposing lignocellulosic feedstock at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. While the prospects of DES-based processes to improve cost-efficiency and environmental footprint of wood-based products are high, further development is needed with a view to move these still largely unknown technologies closer to industrial application.

Scope:Development of new DES-based pulping technologies to isolate cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose from wood and other lignocellulosic sources, including agricultural residues. Proposals should address the design and development of natural DES for low-temperature (<100°C), atmospheric-pressure, harmful chemicals-free pulping. They should map and select the most appropriate DES families, establishing the processes or combination of processes (dissolving, separation) and their optimal industrial scale to isolate high quality cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose. The recyclability of DES needs to be addressed. A life-cycle oriented assessment should be carried out in order to evaluate the environmental and socio-economic performance of the developed technologies. The feasibility of integrating the developed technologies into the current industrial processing chains should be assessed.

It is considered that proposals with a total eligible budget of at least EUR 2 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:

         Achieving technological breakthroughs spurring innovation across cellulose-based sectors.

         Reducing by at least 40% in process energy intensity as compared to traditional pulping processes.

         Reducing by 50% of investment costs as compared to current pulping installations, thanks to pressure free layout and simplified chemical recovery.

Strengthening market position of current wood-based products (e.g. paper, board) as well as new high added value applications, like textile and chemical industries.

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 Research and Innovation Action (BBI-RIA):

    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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