The European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking invest 4,1 M€ in a project to drastically diminish ocean plastic pollution

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Glaukos a four-year European project coordinated by the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, will develop biodegradable and biorecyclable textile fibres and coatings to be used in fishing gear and clothing.

BioSFerA

April 2020 - March 2024

BioSFerA aims to develop a cost-effective interdisciplinary technology to produce sustainable aviation and maritime fuels. Thus, biogenic residues and wastes will be gasified and the syngas will be fermented to produce bio-based triacylglycerides (TAGs).

SMARTBOX

May 2019 - April 2023

SMARTBOX will develop an advanced computational engineering platform specifically for oxidative enzymes. Relying on this platform, SMARTBOX will develop the one-enzyme conversion of HMF into FDCA and intermediates, and the one-enzyme conversion of lignin monomers into a potential biobased building block for polycarbonates and vanillin.

SHEALTHY

May 2019 - April 2023

SHEALTHY aims to assess and develop an optimal combination of non-thermal sanitization, preservation and stabilization methods to improve the safety (inactivation of pathogens and spoilage microorganisms), while preserving the nutritional quality (up to 30%) and prolonging the shelf-life (up to 50%) of minimally processed F&V products.

Provivi Announces Successful Pheromone Production Scale Up at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

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Santa Monica, California, August 5, 2019 – Provivi™, an emerging company using pheromones to protect crops from major damaging insects, today announced successful pheromone production scale up at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Belgium. In collaboration with BBEPP, Provivi scaled up its pheromone production process and part of its downstream processing from 10L […]

BioRen

November 2018 - October 2022

The objective of BioRen is to develop competitive drop-in biofuels for road transport from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW). A higher value fuel is targeted: glycerol tertiary butyl ether (GTBE) is a promising fuel additive to both diesel and gasoline that improves engine performance and cuts harmful exhaust emissions (e.g. fine dust).

Prolific

September 2018 - August 2022

The Prolific project will apply a range of processing technologies to agro-industrial residues of legumes, fungi and coffee in order to recover significant amounts of proteins/peptides, fibres and other value-added compounds.

SAVE THE DATE: PILOTS4U Horizon Scan Workshop @ 8th NWBC 2018

Pilots4U has set up one easily accessible database of open-access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for the European bioeconomy. The project also carried out an online survey to understand the equipment and related services required by (potential) users of open-access pilot facilities.

SAVE THE DATE: PILOTS4U Horizon Scan Workshop @ EFIB 2018

Pilots4U has set up one easily accessible database of open-access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for the European bioeconomy. The project also carried out an online survey to understand the equipment and related services required by (potential) users of open-access pilot facilities.

AppliSurf

August 2018 - July 2020

Screening the application potential of a yeast-based biosurfactant portfolio. In AppliSurf a combination of genetic modification, fermentation development/optimization and green chemistry will be applied to enable commercial production at acceptable cost of an innovative and broad portfolio of biosurfactant structures.

BIOCON-CO2

1 January 2018 - 31 December 2021

BIOtechnological processes based on microbial platforms for the CONversion of CO2 from iron&steel industry into commodities for chemicals and plastics

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.

Do you have open access pilot/demo infrastructure for the bioeconomy?

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Do you have pilot and demonstration infrastructure relevant for the bioeconomy that is not yet included in the Pilots4U database? Pilots4U, a network of bioeconomy open access pilot and multipurpose demo facilities, is compiling a database on bioeconomy pilot-scale equipment hosted at open access facilities across the EU.

The launch of Pilots4U heralds a boost for the bioeconomy in Europe

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Pilots4U is a European project funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The purposes of the project is to map open access pilot and demo-infrastructures across Europe, to help companies and research institutions operating in the bioeconomy gain easier access to testing facilities to bring their ideas from development to market.

Marisurf

September 2015 - August 2020

The MARISURF project will use marine bacterial strains to produce new SAs. To ensure the newly discovered SAs satisfy their requirements and demands, MARISURF will place the industrial end-users in a leading role in guiding the search for new SAs.

Press Release, 21.06.2017: Europe, Flanders, the Province of East-Flanders and the City of Ghent invest €9,36 million in the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

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ERDF Flanders and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) signed an agreement for an investment of €9,36 million within the framework of the IMPACT project.

REHAP

October 2016 - September 2020

Rehap aims to strengthen the European bio-economy industry by creating novel materials from agricultural and forestry waste, and considering how they can be used commercially in the green building sector.

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.

DAFIA

January 2017 - December 2020

The main objective of DAFIA is to exploit the organic fraction of municipal solid wastes (MSW) and marine rest raw materials (MRRM) as feedstocks for higher value products.

Press Release, 26.1.2017: BBEPP partner in DEMETER project: DuPont Industrial Biosciences Awarded Grant for High-Efficiency Biogas Enzyme Production

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences has been awarded a grant from the European Commission to demonstrate high-efficiency enzyme production to increase biogas yields as part of the DEMETER project, funded from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program.

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.

BIO-HArT

March 2016 - February 2019

Biorizon has developed three commercially promising technologies for the conversion of wood, sugars and lignin into aromatics. By demonstrating the technology within this project on a larger scale, the confidence in the applicability of the technology on an industrial scale enhances and the risk to invest diminishes.

Inbiose and DuPont Nutrition & Health Partner to Bring Novel Infant Nutrition Ingredients to Market

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On November 3rd, 2016, Inbiose, a Belgium-based producer of specialty carbohydrates and DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont, USA) announced a joint development and licensing agreement for exclusive rights to selected fucosylated human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), including 2’-fucosyllactose. HMOs are a group of unique oligosaccharides found in mother’s milk, with 2’-fucosyllactose being the single most abundant […]

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant assists REG Life Sciences (USA) in bringing first commercial product to market

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(AMES, USA, 31.10.2016) REG Life Sciences, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Renewable Energy Group has delivered its first commercial product, a specialty fatty acid. REG developed, produced and delivered approximately one metric ton of the renewable, multi-functional chemical to Aroma Chemical Services International (ACS), a leading specialty manufacturer and supplier of flavor and fragrance […]

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 […]

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TeeGene Biotech Ltd. (UK) successfully conducted biosurfactant manufacturing process at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

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What a nice experience for a start-up to conduct a feasibility study! by Dr Pattanathu Rahman, Founder TeeGene Biotech Ltd. ‘It was one of the great moments, when I met a Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) facilities representative at the Industrial Biotech Leadership Forum (IBLF) at London in Feb 2015. I picked up a […]

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Celtic Renewables (UK) partners Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

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In 2014, the feasibility of Celtic Renewables’ innovative process to produce biobutanol from byproducts of the whisky industry was evaluated at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, using a Bio Base NWE Innovation Coupon. This assessment enabled Celtic Renewables to gather a next round of investments worth €1,5million and was the start of a succesful collaboration. In September […]

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).

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Pectcof (The Netherlands) extracts pectine from coffee pulp

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Pectcof B.V. (The Netherlands) is a start-up company that developed the technology to transform coffee pulp biomass into valuable compounds. To speed up this innovation from the laboratory to an industrial process, we were introduced to Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. Here we did two production runs under the support of innovation vouchers from Bio Base North […]

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 […]

Nano3Bio

October 2013 - October 2017

The Nano3Bio project aims to develop biotechnological production systems for nanoformulated chitosans. Chitosans are among the most versatile and most promising biopolymers and have excellent physico-chemical and material properties as well as a wide range of biological functionalities.

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).

IB2Market

December 2013 - March 2016

IB2Market aims to bring industrial biotechnology from the research lab to the market and to solve the bottle-necks in industrialization. The project covers process development, scale up, market exploration and the drafting of a valorization plan to support a successful market introduction.

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.

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.

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.