Ongoing Projects

KET4CleanProduction

January 2018 - February 2021

KET4CleanProduction will ensure access of manufacturing SMEs to technology services and facilities situated in other European member states and enable cross-border cooperation. The project will also foster the use of advanced manufacturing technologies and related key KETs by SMEs to upgrade their production processes towards resource- and energy efficiency and sustainability.

CO2PERATE

March 2018 - February 2022

CO2PERATE aims to develop catalytic technologies to convert CO2 into formic acid, using renewable electricity. Formic acid will subsequently be used as building block for the biosynthetic production of value-added chemicals, as a building block for the chemical industry, or as a potential carrier for energy storage.

Falcon

January 2017 - December 2020

Falcon: Fuel And chemicals from Lignin through enzymatic and chemical CONversion.
FALCON aims to convert this lignin-rich industrial waste of 2G biofuel plants to higher value products, in particular shipping fuels, fuel additives and chemical building blocks. This would be the next consecutive step in turning waste to products, thus minimizing waste and simultaneously providing new alternatives for fossil resource based processes.

NanoPack

January 2017 - December 2019

NanoPack: Pilot line manufacturing of functional polymer nanocomposites from natural halloysite nanotubes: demonstrating controlled release of active antimicrobials in food packaging applications.
NanoPack aims to develop and demonstrate state-of-the-art antimicrobial packaging solutions for perishable foods based on natural nanomaterials that will prevent food-borne illness outbreaks and reduce food waste caused by early spoilage.

DEMETER

August 2016 - July 2019

Demeter: Demonstrating more efficient enzyme production to increase biogas yields.
DEMETER will increase the yield of the fermentation process at an industrial scale as well as the down-stream processing of a C1-based biogas enzyme, reducing the cost of the end product and making the enzyme available for wide-spread application in biogas production throughout Europe.

SuperBio

May 2016 - October 2018

Support and partnership in the bio-based economy This project will build at least 10 new, cross-sectoral and cross border value chains, supporting at least 30 third party SMEs through providing innovation support services with a total value of € 1 800 000. New value chains will be built in the bio-based economy, an emerging economy with a […]

SmartPilots

April 2016 - March 2020

Improving policies in support of shared pilot facilities to increase their impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bioeconomy SmartPilots EVENTS We invite all stakeholders (managing authorities, intermediate bodies, regional funding authorities and applicants, funding beneficiaries, innovation organisations, cluster organisation, users of SPF…)  with an interest in shared pilot facilities (SPF) and […]

CarboSurf

August 2015 - July 2018

The CARBOSURF project aims to develop new biobased processes as well as products and solves bottlenecks in the fermentative production of biobased biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates. Specifically, it targets different glycolipid biosurfactants with a wide range of application fields and specialty carbohydrates, i.e. complex Human Milk Oligosaccharides that find applications as neutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic ingredients. The project is coordinated by Prof. Soetaert from Ghent University (Belgium).

Pulp2Value

June 2015 - June 2019

Sugar beet pulp (SBP) accounts for approx. 13 million tonnes in Europe and is a major residual stream from the sugar beet industry, which is currently valorised as low value feed and/or green gas. In order to increase the value of its side streams, PULP2VALUE developed multiple extraction techniques to isolate more valuable products from this large fraction of sugar beet pulp.

Finished Projects

ERIFORE

February 2016 - January 2018

European Reseach Infrastructure for Circular Forest Economy ERIFORE aims to establish an open access research infrastructure for circular forest bioeconomy across Europe. This will unlock the full potential of available forest biomass and will give rise to a new level of co-operation between the major RTD providers in the field. To achieve this, the project […]

2G BIOPIC

March 2015 - April 2018

2G BIOPIC proposes a new approach: bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. This technology is based on a highly effective clean deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass, an advanced organosolv technology, for which several patents have been submitted in the past decade by CIMV. An original and efficient biomass refining technology allows optimal extraction of the three main biomass components and downstream biotechnological transformation.

Life+ RenewPACK

February 2014 - September 2016

The RenewPACK project will demonstrate the material Skalax as a barrier in food packaging for the first time ever. RenewPACK is a project partly financed by the European Commission through LIFE+. The project is conducted by Xylophane AB (as coordinating beneficiary) and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (as associated beneficiary).

BioCluster

March 2013 - April 2016

The main goal of the project is to facilitate the transition of the Flemish industry to a sustainable, biobased economy by building a competitive biocluster of companies that are able to build new value chains.
The project is primarily aimed at companies from the agro-industry, technology developers and the chemical sector.

Visions

September 2011 - December 2015

The VISIONS project aims to identify the main organic waste streams and by-products in Flanders with the ambition to use these products in new value chains.
The project, a CINBIOS* initiative, is financially supported by the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT). It is co-funded by a large consortium of companies interested in either valorising their waste stream or in finding alternative feedstocks for biobased processes. This consortium is monitoring and steering the project’s progress.

BioKatalyse

October 2013 - February 2016

The aim of BIOKATALYSE is to acquaint traditional chemical industry with the Key Enabling Technology Biocatalysis. Biocatalysis is a technology that uses enzymes instead of chemical catalysts to catalyse or speed up chemical processes. The target group is the Flemish chemical industry that is mainly making use of conventional chemical conversion techniques.

Bio Base NWE

January 2013 - December 2015

The project aims to accelerate the growth of the biobased economy, EU and local partners joined forces by providing financial, technological, training, networking and political support to enterprises in North West Europe (NWE) innovating in biobased products and processes.

mKETs Pilot Lines

January 2014 - December 2014

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant was selected by the European Commission as a demonstrator multi-KET pilot line. KETs or Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are considered to directly or indirectly stimulate Europe’s competitiveness and generate jobs, growth and wealth in the economy. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a European front runner in terms of industrial biotechnology, one of the six European KETs.

EFRO: Demonstration Equipment for Industrial Biotechnology

January 2014 - June 2015

Europe, Flanders and the Province of East-Flanders invest €1,27 million in new equipment for Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. These funds were used to purchase and install three new bioreactors with auxiliary equipment and software: two with a volume of 1.500L and one with a volume of 15.000L. This investment enables BBEPP to provide services to even more companies and it will have a larger capacity for producing industrially relevant quantities of innovative biobased products. This is an important tool for companies that wish to test the production of larger batches to prepare market introduction before investing in a full scale production line. Companies collaborating with BBEPP for process validation and scale-up can substantially reduce costs, risks and development time and will reinforce the chance to successful market entry.

Ghent Syngas Cluster

March 2012 - December 2014

Project Scope The Ghent Syngas Cluster project aimed at developing and demonstrating new innovative technology to convert syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, into green chemicals, sustainable fuels and green electricity. To achieve this, a study was performed to check the technical and economic feasibility to construct a demonstration unit at the Bio […]

Biosurfing

October 2011 - September 2015

This project aims to create new-to-nature and tailor-made biosurfactants through metabolic engineering of the unconventional yeast Starmerella bombicola.
Surfactants or surface active agents are applied in a wide range of industries and products e.g. cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, agriculture, oil recovery, paper industry. Surfactants are produced in large amounts of which the majority is used in households for laundry and cleaning. This results in large volumes of waste water ending up in the environment.

DemoProBio

March 2013 - February 2016

Industrial biotechnology plays a crucial role in the development of sustainable and cost effective production processes for biobased chemicals. These processes typically consist of two distinct unit operations: fermentation, followed by purification of the compound of interest from the fermentation broth. Product recovery and purification (also called downstream processing or DSP) are important cost factors, responsible for up to 80% of the total production cost. Reducing DSP cost is therefore a key success factor to improve the overall economics of biobased processes.

Novosides

January 2011 - December 2014

The goal of the Novosides project is the development of biocatalytic processes for the glycosylation of small organic molecules such as flavonoids, alkaloids and steroids. Glycosylation can drastically improve both the physicochemical and biological properties of these molecules (e.g. slow release, improved solubility and stability, taste modification, drug targeting), but few biocatalysts are currently available to perform this modification cost-efficiently at industrial scale.