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The ZEBRA-LIFE (Zero Emission Biochemical and Renewable Additives) project has completed its first year of life and for this reason its partners held the 3rd General Assembly at the beginning of November, which took place on the 7th and 8th at the Repsol Technology Lab (Mostoles, Madrid). With the main objective of sharing and evaluating the progress of the project, the meeting was attended by representatives of the consortium partners: CENER (National Center for Renewable Energy) project coordinator, Riojano Technological Center, Roka Furadada, ASINCAR, Bioquochem, Inveniam Group, Smurfit Kappa and Repsol, host of this assembly.

During this first year of the project, CENER has carried out the production of two batches of antioxidant additives derived from lignin supplied by Smurfit Kappa. These batches have been sent to the partners in charge of their validation in different applications (sun creams, rubber, food, fuels and lubricants). On the other hand, this year CENER has also completed the design of the pilot plant of the ZEBRA project, which will be integrated into the facilities of its Biorefinery and Bioenergy Center (BIO2C), which is located in Aoiz (Navarra). This plant is scheduled to be operational in early 2025.

This European project aims to develop a novel technology to take advantage of black liquor from the pulp and paper industry for its transformation into products with high antioxidant and ultraviolet radiation absorption capacity. In this way, in addition to developing a renewable product with direct use in multiple industrial sectors, an alternative to black liquor will be provided with respect to its current energy recovery process, thus contributing to an adequate life cycle based on the circular economy.

Antioxidants are necessary components with high added value that are commonly used to preserve the properties and qualities of different industrial products, such as food, cosmetics, the rubber components or fuels and lubricants, among others.

During the meeting held in November in Madrid, Repsol, as host of this assembly, organized a visit to the Repsol Technology Lab facilities, where they are currently testing the ZEBRA-LIFE product for use in fuels and lubricants.

The European Commission has valued the innovative nature of this project and its contribution to the European Green Deal, granting it funding through the LIFE Programme.

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