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Borregaard gets bio-based chems R&D grant

Borregaard has received a pledge for a NOK 12.4 million ($2.04m) grant from Innovation Norway to be used over three years in the field of innovation projects based on products from biomass.

The funds come from the Government’s package of measures for the forestry industry as well as the biorefinery programme financed by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. Borregaard is expected to contribute less than NOK 50 million spread over three different innovation projects in the fields of lignin, specialty cellulose and sugar.

NOK 7.3 million has been granted for the project “High Purity Cellulose,” which aims to develop a process to produce specialty cellulose qualities for use in advanced chemicals. NOK 2.7 million has been awarded to the the project “Green Bonds”, a joint project between Elkem and Borregaard which aims to develop bio-based binders for carbon products.

Innovation Norway and the Technology Strategy Board are also working together to support projects between Norway and the United Kingdom, including a joint project between Green Biologics and Lucite where Borregaard has received pledges of NOK 2.4 million in support. In this project, sugar from Borregaard’s BALI technology will be used for the production of bio-butanol for various chemical applications.

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About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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