The organic fraction of Municipal Solid Waste, a new and interesting source of chemical products for the industry

Last July, the project PERCAL «Chemical building blocks from versatile MSW biorefinery» started, whose kick-off meeting was held at AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre.

The project, coordinated by the Valencian company IMECAL, has been funded by Bio-Based Industries’ JTI within the EU research and innovation programme H2020 under grant agreement No 745828. With a budget of EUR 3.4 million and three years of duration, the partners of PERCAL have the objective of developing chemical intermediates of high industrial interest such as bioethanol, lactic acid or succinic acid.

The project’s distinctive feature lies in the source where they would be obtained, which is the organic fraction of the municipal solid wastes, as well as the high performance and purity that is expected to obtain. These products will serve as the basis for the manufacturing of sustainable solvents (ethyl lactate), hot melt adhesives, polyester bio-polyols for producing polyurethane, as well as for biosurfactants from the residual fatty and proteic fractions. 

In the international consortium of PERCAL, 12 organizations take part: IMECAL, AIMPLAS and CENER (Spain), Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), ATB Potsdam and Covestro (Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), TBW Research (Austria), VISUM (Ireland), SOFTER Group (Italy), Hayat Kimya (Turkey) and Exergy (United Kingdom).

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