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.
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
Supporting project management.
Communication and dissemination leader.
Environmental impact and monitoring.
Business model and exploitation strategy
Lignin provider for the pilot plant.
Technoeconomic analysis for the validation of the facility.
Development and execution of exploitation activities.
Integration of an in-line monitoring system into the pilot plant to control the antioxidant activity during production.
Antioxidant characterization of enduser products.
3rd General Assembly
Early November set the stage for the 3rd General Assembly, which was held in
Madrid on the 7th and 8th at Repsol’s Technology Lab. The ZEBRA-LIFE
Consortium gathered to assess the progress of their ongoing project since their
last assembly in June.
Lignin – ZEBRA-LIFE's raw material
This week we start with Lignin, the project’s raw material, the second most abundant organic substance in plants after cellulose which constitutes 30% of the non-fossil organic carbon in nature. But what do you know about Lignin?
In this blog post we will explain more about this natural raw material that offers a great source of…
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ZEBRA-LIFE - Zero Emission Biochemican and Renewable Additives
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…
ZEBRA-LIFE - General Assembly M8 Press Release
After a successful kick-off meeting eight months ago, the ZEBRA-LIFE
consortium met again on the 21st and 22nd of June in Sangüesa (Navarra, Spain)
at Smurfit Kappa plant for its second General Assembly to discuss further on the
progress of the project…
ZEBRA-LIFE kicks off, a project to produce renewable origin antioxidants from the pulp and paper industry by-products.
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Lignin Depolymerization Technology - CENER
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