The pulp and paper industry has been bio-based for centuries. Technologies that are currently applied for biomass fractionation and recovered paper treatment were developed more than a century ago, and have been optimised ever since. The PROVIDES consortium shows that a revolutionary change is now possible.
New, mild pulping technologies based on natural Deep Eutectic Solvents lead to a significantly more sustainable process that is energy-, cost- and resource-effective. This technological innovation produces cellulose fibres for papermaking, while simultaneously producing high-quality lignin and hemicellulose fractions for high-volume applications.