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Biological Waste into Building Blocks for Adhesives, Henkel

Published on 2016-11-28. Author : SpecialChem

Dusseldorf / Germany -- Henkel is a consortium partner of the GreenSolRes project, an initiative that is converting biological waste into substances that can be used in the production of adhesives and consumer goods. This offers a sustainable alternative to petroleum products.

Sustainable Production of Levulinic Acid

Biological Waste into Relevant Building Blocks
Biological Waste into Relevant Building Blocks

Pathways for manufacturing bio-based fuels and chemicals already exist; however, most of them rely on sugar and starch crops. The GreenSolRes project aims to establish sustainable and competitive industrial production of levulinic acid (LVA), a versatile chemical which can be converted into relevant building blocks for Henkel’s products. The LVA is produced from lignocellulosic wastes and fuels from the forestry and agricultural sector, meaning that it does not stand in competition to the food supply like some existing bio-based building blocks. A further benefit: Those bio-based building blocks have a greenhouse gas avoidance of 70 percent compared to their fossil-based counterparts.

New Bio-based Technologies with Advanced Performance

“Henkel is proud to be part of this exciting project. It greatly matches our own research strategy with the aim to develop new bio-based technologies with advanced performance profiles,” explains Horst Beck, Head of Bio-renewables for Global Adhesive Research (AR). “In close collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Catalysts (LIKAT), who have specific know-how on the catalysis of chemical building blocks, Henkel aims to achieve the conversion of bio-based intermediates into new, high performing and sustainable adhesives.”

The project began in September 2016 and will run for four years. In that time, GreenSolRes aims to demonstrate the competitiveness of the LVA value chain in terms of costs, environmental impact and technical performance. The final project target is to have all process components optimized and ready to be scaled, making possible commercial exploitation after successful completion of the project.

About Henkel

Henkel is active worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business units: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions in both the consumer and industrial businesses with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 50,000 people and reported sales of 18.1 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 2.9 billion euros in fiscal 2015. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.

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Source: Henkel
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