Material development on the basis of beet pulp for market relevant applications.
Project Executing Organization Leitmarktagentur NRW, Project Management Jülich [Agency of Leading Market, Project management Jülich]
Duration January 2017 – December 2020
Funding institution State of North Rhine Westphalia with the European Fund for regional development of the EU
Summary The consortium is planning industrial research on the material utilization of the renewable raw material "sugar beet pulp" (RS). As a by-product of sugar production, RS does not compete with food or feed, since the marketability is regionally limited and further production surpluses are expected after the sugar market regulation will end in 2017. For this purpose, alternative value-increasing applications will be considered. The project objective gaining raw materials from RS combines a resource-saving cascade utilization of a coupling product with the saving of petro-based raw materials (petro-based plastics). The identification and differentiation from RS to wood is its high pectin content. For material applications this will lead to technical challenges. The innovative project approach is to make this and other pectin-containing biomass available for material applications by developing specific processing methods and materials. Pectin as a coupling product is also interesting for further applications. The project consortium covers the entire value chain from the raw material, to additives and also the final product. The range of material use of beetle pulp will be evaluated at an early stage by production and investigation of demonstrators for intermediate products and end-use applications. A project accompanying LCA will be dedicated to sustainability. Furthermore, high economic integration of many processes (dyeing, grinding) will generate economic and environmental benefits. The development work with a focus on end-use applications will generate insights that will enable market launch within one to two years after completion of the project.
Contact: Carmen Michels