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SmartLi - Smart Technologies for the
Conversion of Industrial Lignins into
Sustainable Materials
About CLIC Innovation Ltd
The SmartLi consortium is managed by
CLIC Innovation Ltd. CLIC Innovation
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SmartLi factsheet

  1. 1. SmartLi - Smart Technologies for the Conversion of Industrial Lignins into Sustainable Materials SmartLi FACTSHEET, JANUARY 2016 Solution Architect for Global Bioeconomy & Cleantech Opportunities There is a demand for renewable biochemicals, materials and fuels as more sustainable and renewable alternatives. Lignin as a phenolic polymer could provide a valuable renewable aromatic resource for the chemical industry to replace the synthetic aromatics, or other biomaterials. Thus, development of economically and sustainably viable lignin upgrading process technologies is urgent. The SmartLi project has the following aims: • add value to underexploited biomass side stream lignin • provide homogenous raw materials for bio-based industries • lower the need for oil-based raw materials in the production of materials and chemicals • enhance sustainable processing e.g. by reducing GHG emissions The primary objective of SmartLi is to develop valorization routes for lignin aiming at materials that have potential to replace oil-based products. Both the kraft lignin and lignosulphonates will be studied as potential raw materials. The target products are composite materials and resins utilizing both the polymeric lignin and smaller molecular aromatic mixtures. Lignin will be also utilized as a functional additive in composites and plastics. The whole value chain from lignin raw materials to the final products is covered by the involvement of pulp mills, machine producers as well as resin and composite manufacturers. LIGNIN PULP MILLLIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS VALUE CHAIN BIOBASED MATERIALS RENEWABLE BIOCHEMICALS SULPHUR REMOVAL PRETREATMENT DEPOLYMERIZATION MEMBRANE SEPARATION LIGNIN ACTIVATION PLASTIZATION CONSTANT QUALITY COMPOSITES PF RESINS POLYURETHANE FOAMS EPOXY SYSTEMS For more information, please contact Christine Hagström-Näsi Mob +358 50 3222 401 Email CLIC Innovation Ltd, P.O.Box 10 FI-00130 Helsinki, FINLAND The chair material, manufactured by Formica Group, contains Absorbex Kraft Paper which is treated with thermosetting resins ( The resins could be manufactured from lignin-derived materials. The composites structure of the Punch One car ( contains a 95% bio-based CNSL resin developed by AEP and produced by Cardolite. Lignin-derived materials could be used instead. This project started 1.7.2015 and runs until 30.6.2018. This project has received funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 668467. AudioQuest NightHawk headphones exhibit many groundbreaking components, including sophisticated earcups developed in collaboration with the German firm TECNARO GmbH, using ARBOFORM®, or “Liquid Wood”. (
  2. 2. About CLIC Innovation Ltd The SmartLi consortium is managed by CLIC Innovation Ltd. CLIC Innovation is an open innovation cluster with the mission of creating breakthrough solutions in bioeconomy, energy and cleantech. CLIC Innovation coordinates R&D&I project portfolios to construct systemic solutions which are beyond the resources of individual operators. The cluster is a cross-organizational fast-moving network. The shareholders of the nonprofit CLIC Innovation Ltd include 30 companies and 17 universities and research institutions. SmartLi – PROJECT IDEA Solution Architect for Global Bioeconomy & Cleantech Opportunities WP 1: Lignin pretreatmens for improved and constant quality The WP aims to develop separation and purification technologies for selected wood lignin sources that preserve the polymeric character of lignin, but lower significantly its sulphur content and odour. Another important task is to develop protocols for the production of lignin with constant quality and provide it as starting material to downstream processing. The selected pretreatments will be upscaled for the delivery of adequate amounts of lignin to other work packages. WP 2: Generation of lignin-based building blocks The key objective is to develop lignin depolymerisation techniques based on base-catalysed degradation. Also separation concepts and technologies as post treatments for the depolymerisation will be looked. Furthermore, the production of lignin fractions will be upscaled for application testing. The project has the following work packages (WP) WP 3: Lignin based polyols and biobased materials The WP aims to develop ways to convert lignin for various applications such as a) into thermoplastic and moldable biopolymer for composite applications, b) to use pretreated lignin fractions as reinforcing fillers, plasticizers or flame retardants in composites, c) to use lignin oligomers by chemical modification for polyurethane and epoxy resin applications, e) to replace phenol in phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resins. WP 4: Life cycle assessment and techno- economic performance The WP performs a multi-criteria evaluation of the sustainability of the entire value chains - the novel process technologies and lignin based products. The approach takes into account environmental, economic and social aspects. The WP covers the most promising technologies and evaluate their potential from wide sustainability perspectives. Additionally, WP 5 deals with the administratinon of the project and innovation management. Participating organisations The SmartLi consortium consists of 13 organisations: Tecnaro Gesellschaft zur Industriellen Anwendung Nachwachsender Rohstoffe Mbh / Germany, AEP Polymers Srl / Italy, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung EV / Germany, VITO De Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V / Belgium, Metsä Fibre Oy / Finland, Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy / Finland, Sappi Netherlands Services B.V. / the Netherlands, Foresa Industrias Quimicas Del Noroeste Sa / Spain, WOOD K Plus Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH / Austria, Prefere Resins Finland Oy / Finland, Kotkamills Oy / Finland, Andritz Oy / Finland, CLIC Innovation Oy / Finland * Not studied in SmartLi Kraft mill* Black liquor* Kraft lignin re- covery* Sulphite mill* Spent liquor* Lignosul- phonate recovery PRETREATMENTS FOR BETTER AND CONSTANT QUALITY BCD Membrane filtration Activation EPOXY RESINS PU RESINS PF RESINS M ono / oligo fractions Filler Plasticiser Fractionstoresins DEGRADATION AND FRACTIONATION CONVERSION TO BIOMATERIALS FUNCTION OF LIGNIN IN THE BIOMATERIAL COMPOSITES Matrix component Internal platicisation • Thermoplastic componet • Plasticiser • Fire retardant • Resols and LPF resins for plywood, impregnation resins, MDF panelboards, automotive composites, foundry, rockwool and abrasive resins • Polyols for rigid and flexible PU foams • Crosslinkers for fiber reinforced epoxy composites and coatings PRETREATMENT 1 PRETREATMENT PRETREATMENT PRETREATMENT 2 3 4