What is VEHICLE?
VEHICLE Project is a Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The industry consortium aims to widen the business and market opportunities of existing and future biorefineries by demonstrating the valorization of their low value sugar streams through several downstream options.
Through joint contributions of the eight partners within the consortium, the VEHICLE project will carry three business cases and deliver up 9 value chains and a minimum of five end applications of the intermediate products with proven marketability.
The coordinator of the VEHICLE project Avantium will provide sugar streams from non-food feedstock. This sugar is produced in Avantium’s Dawn Technology™ pilot biorefinery in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. Avantium intends to also convert industrial sugars from the consortium partners (including the sugars from Avantium’s DAWN pilot biorefinery) into plant-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) through its Mekong technology. Plant-MEG is a drop-in component used in the production of many materials, including plant-based polyesters.