Is the bio-refining of lignin in Flanders viable? To answer this question, VITO is using the MooV tool, a software application that calculates the optimum configuration of value chains.

Over the last few years, we have seen a great many new business models emerge in the bio-based and circular economies, such as algae that are used as a raw material and lignin that has applications in the chemical industry and materials recycling. In order to enable those new value chains to work, the raw materials need to be available at the right location and at the right time, in the correct quantities and meeting the right criteria, and at a competitive price. The MooV tool (Mobilisation & Optimisation Of Value chains), developed by VITO, calculates the optimum configuration of the value chain, and presents it in a dynamic dashboard.

Advantages

  • More efficient use of raw materials
  • Reduction in material losses and transport
  • Lower CO2 emissions

The BioWood project, which explores the opportunities for bio-refining of lignin in Flanders, is one example of how VITO is using the MooV tool. Lignin contains a wealth of valuable chemicals, but is lignin refining in Flanders also viable, and if so, under what circumstances? MooV calculates the optimum refining chain in Flanders, including the ideal locations, taking account of cost-effectiveness and sustainability, and the supply of raw materials. In this way, the tool eliminates as many risks as possible that may arise when it comes to making these kinds of strategic and long-term decisions.