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Advancing Circular Economy

ISPT launched a new project to produce valuable chemicals from paper waste. The Cell-U-Value project will run until October 2022 in partnership with KNN Cellulose, the University of Groningen and Nouryon (former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals).

Tons of paper are flushed through the toilet and thrown away every year. These contain high volumes of cellulose. The Cell-U-Value project will kick off with a lab feasibility study to convert this cellulose to acetic acid, which can be used to make useful chemicals such as MCA (mono-chloro acetic acid).

Recycling cellulose from paper waste into chemicals will reduce the need to fossil resources to make chemicals while reducing CO2 emissions from burning paper waste.


The conversion is to take place by means of hydrolysis and fermentation integrated with reactive extraction. The focus will be on scaling up to a full-scale value chain, both on an economical and an environmental level. After that, a pilot will be done to get clarity on the functional process of production of 10 ton of bio-based fine chemicals made from cellulose.

The Cell-U-Value project is co-funded with subsidy from the Topsector Energy by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

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