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 project consortium is planning industrial research on the utilization of the renewable raw material "sugar beet pulp". As a by-product of sugar production, sugar beet pulp does not compete with food or feed. The marketability is regionally limited and further production surpluses are expected after the end of the sugar market regulation in 2017. As a result, alternative value-increasing applications will be considered. The project objective of producing raw materials from sugar beet pulp combines a resource-saving cascade utilization of a coupling product with the saving of fossil based raw materials (fossil based plastics). The identification and differentiation of sugar beet pulp from wood is its high pectin content. For material applications this means that it 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 sugar beet pulp will be evaluated at an early stage by production and investigation of demonstrators for intermediate products and end-use applications. A project related LCA will be dedicated to sustainability. Furthermore, high economic integration of many processes (e. g. dying, 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