OPTISOCHEM goal is to demonstrate the performances, reliability as well as environmental and socio-economic sustainability of the entire value chains, for the transformation of excess wheat straw into bio-Isobutene (bio-IBN) derivatives. To achieve these goals a team of 6 partners, leaders in their field, originating from 4 EU-member states, will join efforts.
OPTISOCHEM consists in showcasing the technical accessibility and economical sustainability of the value chains, from wheat straw to 2 different families of chemicals derived from bio-based IBN.
These compounds, oligomers (DIB, TIB, TeIB) and polyisobutylenes (PIBs) are currently used in a wide range of applications such as lubricants, adhesives, sealants, flavors & fragrances and substituted phenols. This large market is today supplied entirely by products derived from fossil-based isobutene. Products derived from bio-based IBN, using the same process as fossil-based IBN, and with at least as good performances, would provide a renewable supply.
OPTISOCHEM includes the development & up-scaling of bio-IBN production from wheat straw, followed by the production and validation at relevant scale -representative of commercial, established processes- of the bio-based derivatives.
To this end, four ambitious objectives were defined for OPTISOCHEM:
-Demonstrate the production of wheat straw hydrolysate (WSH) and establish a quality standard to feed the IBN
-Demonstrate the production of bio-IBN from WSH at pre-commercial scale,
-Demonstrate the quality of end products obtained with bio-IBN as a feedstock and using traditional commercial
processes designed for fossil based IBN,
-Determine and validate the targeted technical, economic as well as environmental/social sustainability performances to be achieved for a commercial plant project.
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under grant agreement No 744330. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the BBI JU cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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The OPTISOCHEM project was introduced in the BBI Stakeholder Forum 2019.View more
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European Fuels Markets & Refining Strategy Conference – Sustainable Refining in The Energy Transition Context.
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Optisochem is arrived at the first year and the consortium met at INEOS premises in Lavera (France).View more
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The consortium met in Leuna, where the demoplant of Global Bioenergies has been set up.View more
The OPTISOCHEM project started the 1st of June 2017. All partners met in Straubing, where Clariant has his industrial plant,...View more
The consortium is happy to start again the face-to-face meetings, with a new PSB organized in Munich, Germany.
The project members have virtually met the European Commission project officers and experts to assess the project's progress.
All work packages leaders have presented their work toward the objectives, and answer the experts' questions.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all project meetings are now held in remote.
The OPTISOCHEM project is arrived at month 7 and all partners will join the first Steering Board meeting, which will take place in Leuna, Germany, where the Global Bioenergies demonstrator plant has set up last year and started the production in september.
ACI's European Fuels Markets & Refining Strategy Conference : GBE presentation
Composants essence 100% biosourcés issus de sucre: les avancées de Global Bioenergies
Horizon magazine - Wheat straw waste could be basis for greener chemicals
OPTISOCHEM: An EU project substituting fossil-based product with biomass-based goods
Publishable summary PR1
Slide deck Sunliquid
Communication and Dissemination materials
First completed and planned communication activities
First report on the delivery of several tons of 2G isobutene, according to program, with full characterization
Full Life Cycle Assessment report of fossil isobutene reference process according to ISO 14040/14044
Report on delivery of first 2G isobutene samples
Report on extensive assessment on GBE's original IBN strain