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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.

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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.

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DAFIA

January 2017 - December 2020

Biomacromolecules from bio-waste fractions for high added value applications 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. Municipal solids wastes represents more than 500 kg/capita (EU-27 average) and 300 million tonnes overall every year in […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Marisurf

September 2015 - August 2020

Novel, sustainable marine bio-surfactant/bio-emulsifier for commercial exploitation Surfactants and emulsifiers are surface-active (SA) performance molecules used in a wide variety of applications in households, industry and agriculture. Industry is looking to replacing many of its synthetic SA ingredients, with more sustainable, natural and eco-friendly counterparts. Microbially-derived SAs offer a viable solution as they can be […]

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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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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.