Introducing PERCAL, From MSW to High Valued Chemical Products


PERCAL is a European Project that focuses on the valorisation of the greatest potential of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids from the organic fractions of municipal solid waste (MSW). Through PERCAL, 85% of carbohydrates will be converted into fermentable sugars and subsequently transformed into marketable products. Additionally, PERCAL aims to treat 600 g/kg of the dry fractions of MSW found in biochemical products. This is more than double the amount currently treated by the PERSEO technology and other similar technologies available at pilot plant scale.
The intermediate chemical bioproducts, as a result of PERCAL, are expected to gain huge industrial interest (bioethanol, lactic acid, succinic acid). These products will be used as chemical building blocks to manufacture eco-friendly ethyl lactate, hot melt adhesives, biopolyester-polyols for the production of polyurethanes, as well as for the fabrication of biosurfactants from lipid and protein remaining fraction of biowaste.


The project is coordinated by IMECAL and has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745828. With a budget of 3.4 M€ and 3 years of duration.
On July 4th and 5th, the project celebrated its kick-off meeting. The consortium is built of 12 organisations: IMECAL, AIMPLAS and CENER (Spain), Agricultural University of Athens (Greece),  ATB Potsdam and Covestro (Germany), Ghent University (Belgium), TBW Research (Austria), VISUM (Ireland), SOFTER Group (Italy), Hayat Kimya (Turkey) and Exergy (United Kingdom).
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