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TNO and Wageningen UR join forces in a new research project: Furanic Intermediates and Aromatic Derivatives from biomass or briefly FIAD. The project aims to create knowledge for the production of furans, and furan-derived biobased aromatics, from various sources of carbohydrate-based biomass.
Access to sufficient sustainable raw materials together with flexibility in supply and demand are crucial for a transition of a society based upon fossil resources into a sustainable, biobased, society. Such a transition can only be successful in case ultimately the agro-food and chemical industries join forces in the development of such new technology.
The project will develop generic knowledge for the conversion of sugars into furans and their subsequent conversion into biobased aromatics. According to project leader Nadine Wennersbusch (TNO): ‘We anticipate that based upon this generic knowledge new ideas and application possibilities will be created. Once a sound proof-of-concept for the technology has been created, this could also be very profitable to the agro-food industry in finding new outlets for their main side streams.'
The project is part of the Wageningen UR and TNO Strategic Innovation Programme ‘Biorefinery for raw material availability and flexibility’ as well as part of the Shared Research Center Biorizon (founded by TNO). A number of important partners along the value chain - Avantium, Beckers, Covestro and Klüber Lubrication – will participate in the project.
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