From June 24 to 26, the PERFORM consortium celebrated its month 18 meeting and underwent its first review by the European Commission and SPIRE 2030 organisations.
During the first day, partners were invited to showcase their advances to date. Avantium, as the leader for work package 1 related to feedstock platform analysis, described the seven analytical methods developed for this, included in the first deliverable report. They carried out as well pre-treatment methods based on early assessment of detrimental impurities.
INSTM presented the conclusions for the work in the Electrode Platform Innovation and the milestones achieved: synthesis of more than 10 electrodes for anodes/cathodes and ranking of their behaviour, competitive technologies report submitted, lab-scale catalyst screening for both line of reactions (paired electrosynthesis and paired tandem electrosynthesis) performed.
The work package 3: System Platform Innovation, led by TNO, explained that the process design specifications were delivered, the reactor modeling, design, and sizing was completed, and the reactor and test system are under construction. Likewise, proof of concept and lab-scale optimization was obtained for maleic acid, valeric acid, glucaric acid, and adipic acid. For their part, the maleic acid samples from electrolysis were sent to Novamont which performed testing.
Regarding Hysytech tasks in work package 4 related to PowerPlatform demonstration, it was announced that the basic engineering has already started.
For the process assessment, the University of Hohenheim has already collected the first required data for developing environmental life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, and process simulation.
In work package 6 the activities carried out in terms of techno-economic analysis and market assessment were further explained by AVA BIOCHEM which has already performed a preliminary cost analysis at the beginning of the project based on a technical assessment to identify critical process parameters to be improved and to guide the process development along the project for both investigation lines, so a financially viable solution is developed at the end of the project.
From their part, Sustainable Innovations reviewed the advancement in terms of key performance indicators for dissemination and the next routes to follow in terms of exploitation.
Finally, TNO, as coordinator of the project, closed the presentations by explaining the milestones achieved and the next steps to make in terms of management.
Radici Group, Perstorp, and Vito gave also their feedback to the presentations, as active members and participants on the PERFORM project.