Bio Base DEMO

In brief: Investment in a fully equipped 75 m3 fermentation line
RRF Project Bio Base DEMO, Contract Nr. VV021/02 with support from:

BBEPP’s largest fermenter scale currently stands at 15 m3 and these fermenters, like all other bioreactors present, are in high demand and permanently operational. For certain bio-based products, however, this scale is still too small for production trials or to generate sufficient quantities for application research. Large-scale demonstration is often the last essential step before a company makes the decision to invest in an industrial production installation. Through Bio Base Demo, BBEPP is investing in a fully equipped 75 m3 fermenter (50 m3 working volume). In this way, the project contributes to the objectives of the Relance Plan “Vlaamse Veerkracht” (EU Recovery and Resilience Facility, RRF), with, as central spearhead “towards a more sustainable economy”.

Status of the Project:

Status by August 17th, 2023: arrival and safe installation of 75m3 bioreactor in dedicated process hall

Status by July 12th, 2023: Installation of 35m3 feed tank for 75m3 bioreactor

Status by June 15th, 2023: chillers and utilities for 75m3 bioreactor finalized

Status by November 15th, 2022: frame utility building in place + start dismantling and relocation falling film evaporator


Status by November 4th, 2022: polishing the floor of the utility building for Bio Base Demo … until the late hours

Communication tools:

Press Release – 8 October 2021 (in Dutch only):

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant EXPERTISE FOLDERS

The equipment purchased during the Bio Base DEMO project has been included in the (digital) equipment and expertise folders, the folder can be viewed HERE. (Open file in Google Chrome of Acrobate Reader!).
Bio Base DEMO is mentioned in the section “Fermentation” and in the section “New Investments”.

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant DRONE FLIGHT 2.0

Release date: 15 September 2023. The NextGen investment is included in the new drone flight, see 3 Min 25 Sec – 3 Min 35 Sec.


The video below gives an impression of all substantial investments BBEPP made since its establishment in 2008.  (This video can also be found on our website (“who we are” section) and YouTube channel). 
Microbial Protein Transition: See 2:36 – 3:06

Supported by:

RRF Project Bio Base DEMO, Contract Nr. VV021/02 with support from:






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