Summer School ZELCOR

“Zero waste biorefineries: technical advances and sustainability assessment”

This is the 1st Summer School on waste biorefineries in the context of ZELCOR and bioeconomy, with a focus on valorization of recalcitrant side streams. A panel of specialists in the biorefinery field will provide an up-to-date state-of-the-art based on the latest advances in terms of scientific knowledge, techno-economical developments and assessement methodologies.


Organised by: The Graduate School VLAG, in co-operation with Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, INRA and NOVA
More information: The Graduate School VLAG
Date: 2 September 2018 -  6 September 2018
Venue: Wageningen International Congress Centre (WICC), Lawickse Allee 9, 6701 AN Wageningen, The Netherlands

For this summer school graduate school VLAG can give 1 ECTS credit for PhD students and 0,5 ECTS extra for a poster presentation.

Tentative program

2 September 2018

  • Arrival participants from abroad on Sunday September 2nd 2018
  • Welcome drink on location (19.00)
  • Preparing poster exhibition

Day 1 - 3 September 2018

9.30 am: Welcoming and introductive presentation
(Prof. Stéphanie Baumberger & Dr. Richard Gosselink)

Feedstock availability, logistics, storage, handling and feeding

  • Lignocellulosic feedstocks for biorefineries
    (Dr. Stephan Piotrowski, nova-Institut GmbH)

Zero waste biorefineries: examples and needs

  • Lignocellulosic biorefineries with integrated side stream valorisation: reality or future?
    (Ed de Jong, Avantium BV)

Markets and products

  • Functionalities and markets for lignins
    (Jairo Lora, Green Value Enterprises LLC)
  • Cosmetics needs in active biomolecules
    (Fabio Apone, Arterra)
  • Feed markets for waste valorisation
    (Alex Obach, Skretting ARC)
  • Functionalised packaging materials
    (Jérome Vachon, SABIC)

Day 2 – 4 September 2018

Conversion processes and tools (Module 1 on biochemical conversion)

  • Potential of bacteria and synthetic biology for lignin conversion
    (Prof. Tim Bugg, University of Warwick)
  • Microbial consortia and waste valorisation
    (Guillermina Hernandez, INRA)
  • Insect potential in biorefineries
    (Nathalie Berezina, Ynsect)

Conversion processes and tools (Module 2 on thermochemical conversion)

  • Thermochemical processes for the production of platform biomolecules
    (Daan van Es, WFBR)
  • Technical and “green” potential of ionic liquids
    (Guy Marlair, INERIS & Dr. Betty Cottyn, INRA)
  • Tool box for tuning lignin structure
    (Prof. Stéphanie Baumberger, AgroParisTech)

Analytical techniques in biorefining with focus on recalcitrant streams

  • Analytical tools review for lignin characterisation
    (Dr. Richard Gosselink, WFBR)
  • Humins: production and progress in structural investigation
    (Annelie Jongerius, Avantium BV)

Day 3 - 5 September 2018

Value chain assessment of zero waste biorefineries and their products

  • Value-chain environmental assessment by LCA
    (Harriëtte Bos, WFBR)
  • Taking into account techno-economical criteria in the design of biomass conversion processes
    (Elke Breitmayer, nova-Institut GmbH)
  • LCA and environmental aspects (Xun Liao, Quantis)
  • Site visit in the afternoon
  • Evening lecture on Biobased Economy

Day 4 - 6 September 2018

Case studies: design a zero waste biorefinery based on a lignocellulosic biomass, side stream.

  • Case 1: Pulp & paper mill including full valorization of side streams
  • Case 2: Lignocellulosic biorefinery with focus on production of biochemicals including full valorization of side streams
  • Short presentation per group on results

Summary and achievements of the workshops and conclusion of the summer school
(Prof. Stéphanie Baumberger)

A seperate visit to the facilities of WFBR is optional.