In the Netherlands there are now test roads and cycle paths that are paved with a bitumen-like product made from the natural binder lignin. These include a section of road on an industrial site—used daily by cars and heavy trucks, some minor roads, and a cycle path at Wageningen University & Research, which is in three sections, each produced using a different lignin-based bio-bitumen.
As a natural adhesive, lignin has enormous potential in a wide range of applications. Its full industrial potential has yet to be exploited so far, however. LignoCOST, a large European network coordinated by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, aims to change that. The objective is to develop a pan-European network which covers the entire value chain, from raw materials to cost-effective and sustainable end products.
The Importance of Digestate Slow-Pyrolysis Process
Coupling of anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis in integrated processes has become more and more interesting . Anaerobic digestion is a very promising technology to be adopted for biomasses with important moisture content (at least more than 50%). The residue of the anaerobic digestion process is called digestate and contains ashes and components that cannot be decomposed eciently by the microbia, which are present in the anaerobic digestor (mainly belonging to the following species: Clostridium, Peptococcus, Bifidobacterium, Desulfovibrio, Corynebacterium, Lactobacillus, Actinomyces, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Micrococcus, Bacillus, Pseudomonas, Selemonas, Veillonella, Sarcina, Desulfobacter, Desulfomonas, and Escherichia coli) .
COST Association May 2019 Press Review – COST in specialised publications: Highlighting of review paper by Margellou & Triantafyllidis, on catalytic lignin transfer hydrogenolysis, with acknowledgements to LignoCOST.
Presentation about lignin valorization at Festival ‘The Future of Us’, Industriepark Kleefse Waard, Arnhem, The Netherlands (R.J.A. Gosselink), highlighting the activities of COST Action LignoCOST
La UCC estuvo presente en la Segunda Reunión del Comité Ejecutivo y Preparación de Propuestas de los Grupos de Trabajo de la Acción CA17128 LignoCOST de la Red Europea en Ciencia y Tecnología COST, realizada en Holanda en el mes de marzo.
Biorizon co-initiator VITO participates in the LignoCOST project. This network, that is coordinated by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, aims to establish a pan-European network covering the entire lignin value chain. More than 200 participants from 38 countries are already connected. The focus lies on sharing and creating knowledge that stimulates lignin valorisation towards sustainable industrial applications.