Researchers in Netherlands exploring use of lignin as alternative asphalt binder

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.

European network stimulates industrial applications of lignin

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.

Kinetic Analysis of Digestate Slow Pyrolysis with the Application of the Master-Plots Method and Independent Parallel Reactions Scheme

The Importance of Digestate Slow-Pyrolysis Process
Coupling of anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis in integrated processes has become more and more interesting [1]. 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) [2].

LignoCOST: Pan-European Network on the Sustainable Valorisation of Lignin

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.