ZERO EMISSION BIOCHEMICAL AND RENEWABLE ADDITIVES
ZEBRA LIFE consortium during the Kick off meeting at CENER (Sarriguren, Navarra)
WHAT IS ZEBRA LIFE?
CENER has developed a pioneering thermo-oxidative depolymerization process to extract high value added bioaromatic compounds with high antioxidant activity from lignin that can be used to substitute the existing fossil fuel-based additives in the market for different applications (rubber, fuels, lubricants, food industry, and cosmetics). The ZEBRA-LIFE project addresses two important objectives:
Increase the renewable energy share and decarbonisation in the pulp and paper industry
Reduce the environmental and health impacts caused by the production and use of synthetic fossil additives in multiple industrial products.
The ZEBRA LIFE project started in November 2022 and will run for four years. It has received funding from the European Union’s LIFE programme under grant agreement number 101074460.
why is ZEBRA LIFE TECHNOLOGY VALUABLE?
- Europe is the second largest producer of pulp and paper in the World. In 2019 it produced 38 million tonnes which represented 21% of the world paper production. This industry produces a significant amount of black liquor (BL), a byproduct which is predominantly burnt for energy recovery.
- 35-45% of BL composition is lignin, a natural polymer. Lignin is composed of aromatic units, which can be extracted from BL and, after a series of conversion stages, used as substitute for synthetic aromatic compounds in various industries including, cosmetic, food, fuel, lubricants and rubber .
Lignin extracted from black liquor (CENER)
There are currently no commercial technologies for the cost-effective extraction of aromatics from lignin. Current technologies have either got stuck at non-commercial scales or are focused on low value-added materials, making it unprofitable for the paper manufacturers to invest in the infrastructure needed to extract black liquor from lignin.
The technology that has been developed for the ZEBRA-LIFE project enables paper mills to valorise their black liquor by-product in the form of a natural antioxidant (AOx) and UV filter product to create a new circular value chain. Also is extremely attachable to current pulp and paper industrial plants, due to the similar feeding and release aqua-inorganic streams.
The ZEBRA-LIFE solution will create industrial symbiosis and create new circular value chains, using resources/by-products across industrials sectors.
ZEBRA LIFE PILLARS
ZEBRA-LIFE technology enables paper mills to valorise their black liquor by-product based on lignin in the form of a natural antioxidant and UV filter product to create a new circular value chain.
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The potential impacts of ZEBRA LIFE project are:
ZEBRA LIFE products (CENER)
ZEBRA LIFE WORKPLAN
Scale the chemical depolymerisation and fractionation technology up to a pre-commercial scale (20Kg/h lignin processing) (TRL 7).
To produce and test bioaromatic compounds (ZEBRA LMW and ZEBRA MMW) specifically formulised as antioxidant and UV-filters in a series of selected applications to substitute synthetic additives and create a circular value chain based on industrial symbiosis.
Develop the technical cost benefit analysis and business case for pulp & paper manufacturers.
Prepare the technology for full commercial exploitation and replication across Europe.
Ensure all stakeholders and community members are involved in the conversation about the ZEBRA-LIFE project.
ZEBRA LIFE CONSORTIUM
Prototyping And demonstrator.
Environmental assessment of the Value chain.
Supporting project management.
Communication and dissemination leader.
Environmental impact and monitoring.
Business model and exploitation strategy
Smurfit Kappa Navarra
Lignin provider for the pilot plant.
Technoeconomic analysis for the validation of the facility.
Development and execution of exploitation activities.
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Asociacion de investigacion de industrias carnicas del principado de asturias
Utilisation of the lignin fractions in food sector applications
Centro Tecnológico Riojano
Utilisation of the lignin fractions in rubber applications
Utilisation of the lignin fractions in cosmetic applications (UV filter, antioxidant and preserving agent)
Utilisation of the lignin fraction in fuel and lubricants applications.
Integration of an in-line monitoring system into the pilot plant to control the antioxidant activity during production.
Antioxidant characterization of enduser products.
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