A Resource Efficient Society with sustainable processes for using the waste residue streams from pulp production to produce chemicals for electric energy storage based on reNEWable MATerials (RES-NEWMAT).

Time period: 2019-01-01 to 2023-12-31

Project leader: Maria Strömme, Maria Strømme

Funder: Swedish Energy Agency

Type of award: Project grant

Total fundning: 4 854 000 SEK

The project has the aim of creating the scientific base for sustainable industrial processes for using the waste-residue streams from pulp production (annually consisting of ~400 Mtons of hemicellulose) more efficiently to produce chemicals for electric energy storage (EES) devices based on renewable materials. Today, the value of the residue streams lies merely in the low heat content of hemicellulose (15 MJ/kg), revealing an enormous waste of a pristine biomaterial that could be used in a smarter way from a resource efficiency and an energy system perspective. We will perform the research needed to allow for industrial implementation of a continuous flow, green chemistry-based, process of producing pyrrole from hemicellulose and anticipate that this will lay the basis for next generation biorefineries using the residue streams much more resource efficiently. This will also stimulate the implementation of conducting polymers in EES systems based on renewable materials with low environmental footprint.