Biorefinery: scale-up of 5-HMF derivatives

The overall aimof this project is to transform chemical industries from using fossil feedstock to using renewable biomass.

In this project, we will convert 5-HMF, that can be produced from the sugars in biomass and residual streams, to valuable chemicals. The chemicals are important for applications such as e.g. polymers, coatings, sealants and elastomers.

We have the whole value chain represented in the project; producers of sugar from biomass, sugar producers with residual material, specialty chemicals producers and potential users of the chemicals that we intend to produce.

We have earlier produced these chemicals on small lab scale with a few grams, and the goal in this project is to produce the chemicals on kg scale. To reach this it is critical to develop a more stable and selective catalyst.

The results will be used to perform application tests, techno economic analysis, market analysis and LCA to make a base for a decision regarding industrialization.

Louise Olsson

Chalmers University of Technology

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Project information


Nordic Sugar AB
Perstorp AB
Bona AB

Time schedule

January 2023 - December 2025

Total cost of project

8 936 000 SEK

Swedish Energy Agency project number