Meet our projects
BBI JU is showcasing its ongoing projects in the first exhibition of its kind.
You can find BBI JU's flagship, demonstration, research and innovation, and coordination and support projects there.
Project representatives will be available throughout the day to answer your questions and explain the way in which they are tackling the topics they cover.
You can find more information about each project, including its objectives and expected impact in the project list.
Non BBI JU CSAs will also be present: BioLinX, CommBeBiz, InnProBio, ProBio and Star-ProBio.
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The exhibition demonstrates BBI JU's key role as a cornerstone of the European Commission's bioeconomy strategy. The projects are critical in accelerating the implementation of a bio-based economy for Europe.
We are bringing the bio-based industries community together to facilitate an exchange of ideas & best practise.
The projects provide the concrete evidence of how the BBI JU initiative is tackling the challenges of moving Europe to a post-petroleum era.
The ABACUS project has been designed to synthesise a range of new molecules, in terpenoids family, from microalgae that will help bring competitive products to the market.
Advanced Filtration TEchnologies for the Recovery and Later conversIon of relevant Fractions from wastEwater
The AFTERLIFE project proposes a flexible, cost- and resource-efficient process for recovering and valorising the relevant fractions from wastewater. It will represent an advance on existing approaches to wastewater treatment, which rely on physic-chemical and biological methods.
The AgriMax project is designed to establish the technical and economic viability using bio-refining process on waste from crops and food processing to deliver new bio-compounds for the chemical, bio-plastic, food, fertilisers, packaging and agriculture sectors.
BARBARA will develop novel bio-based engineering bio-plastic materials that will be validated using functional prototypes in the building and automotive sectors. This will ultimately allow development of improved mechanical, thermal and aesthetic properties of novel bio-based engineering polymers as well as demonstrators of final parts for the automotive sector and moulds and tools for hybrid manufacturing in advanced building applications.
BioBarr will develop new bio-based and biodegradable food packaging materials by improving the barrier function of the biopolymer PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates). These have the potential to replace conventional polymers, possessing similar properties with higher biodegradability and better functional properties and mechanical strength.
The BioCannDo project will help bridge awareness gaps, and inform about the potential and long-term benefits of a vibrant bioeconomy sector to the wider public. It will show to the public that the bio-based economy offers something desirable, with new products, functionalities and day-to-day applications.
BIOFOREVER aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of bio-refining 5-lignocellulosic (LC) feedstocks – predominantly sourced from woody biomass - that can subsequently be converted into biochemical materials establishing LC biomass as a feedstock for the chemical industry.
BioLinX supports participants in FP7 and H2020 projects to commercialize their innovative ideas, and to connect them to knowledge, regional networks, new partners and funding opportunities.
The BIOMOTIVE project aims to demonstrate, in relevant industrial environments, the production of innovative and advanced bio-based materials (i.e. thermoplastic polyurathanes, 2-k thermoset polyurethane foams and regenerated natural fibres) specifically for the automotive industry. The improved performance of these materials within the automotive sector, will allow massive penetration of biobased polyurethanes and regenerated fibres into additional “large volume” markets.
The BiOPEN project is a specialised consortium made up of five European bio-based clusters, three open innovation expert companies, and one research centre. It intends to drive a programme of collaboration and knowledge sharing within the bio-based industry.
BIOrescue aims to demonstrate and develop the concept of an integrated bio-production process based on the cascading use of SMS supplemented with wheat straw (WS) and other underutilised lignocellulosic feedstocks. When applied within a conventional mushroom production farm, this will turn it into an efficient and sustainable bio-refinery.
The BIOSEA project aims to validate and scale up an entire production process of ingredients from the lipid, protein, carbohydrates and minority compounds fractions of four algae, including upstream and downstream steps.
The BIOSKOH project has the general ambition to demonstrate the first of a series of new second generation bio-refineries for Europe. These will be sustainable and financially sound. It has identified four ‘Innovation Stepping Stones’ that will allow a breakthrough in the techno-economic viability of lignocellulosic bio-refineries. These four stepping stones will deliver Superior Bio-refinery Technology, delivering a biomass to ethanol yield 15 – 20% higher than current state of the art processing.
The BIOSMART project proposal will develop active and smart bio-based and compostable packages to meet the needs of both fresh and pre-treated food applications. In addition, the novel packaging system will form the basis for tailoring performance and functionality to specific flexible and rigid food packages in diverse market segments.
Increase public awareness of bio-based products and applications supporting the growth of the European bioeconomy.
CARBOSURF is working to produce specific biochemicals (glycolipid biosurfactants and specialty carbohydrates) where market interest is already high, rather than trying to create a new market.
CommBeBiz provides a bridge from bioeconomy research to business, and for social innovation. CommBeBiz works with FP7 and H2020 project partners at all stages of their ideas and research development to enable more effective and speedier transfer of knowledge to the marketplace, to policy-players and for the public good.
Demonstrating more efficient enzyme production to increase biogas yield.
Dendromass4Europe (D4EU) aims at establishing sustainable, Short-Rotation Coppice (SRC)-based, regional cropping systems for agricultural dendromass production on marginal land. The dendromass produced in SRC (ligneous biomass, bark and wood) will be supplied to bio-based value chains which will create additional job opportunities in rural areas.
Bio-based recyclable, reshapable and repairable (3R) fibre-reinforced EpOXY composites for automotive and construction sectors.
Efficient forestry by precision planning and management for sustainable environment and cost-competitive bio-based industry.
Establishing a Multi-purpose Biorefinery for the Recycling of the organic content of AHP waste in a Circular Economy Domain.
The EnzOx2 project aims to provide innovative answers to the specific challenge of improving processes already in place in current bio refineries. It will do this by incorporating bio-chemical (enzymatic and chemo-enzymatic) technologies making them more efficient and cost-competitive and by developing a new generation of bio-chemical technologies for future bio refineries.
EUCALIVA aims to create a whole value chain from lignin, using Eucalyptus waste as its source. The project’s main focus will be to increase the efficiency, yield and cost-effectiveness of technologies through new approaches.
Flagship demonstration of an integrated plant towards large scale supply and market assessment of MFC (micro fibrillated cellulose).
Flagship demonstration of an integrated biorefinery for dry crops sustainable exploitation towards biobased materials production.
The FRESH project will demonstrate an innovative, cellulose-based alternative to existing fossil-based plastic trays, which is a fully bio-based and biodegradable composite material.
The FUNGUSCHAIN project aims to extract value from the agricultural offcuts of commercial mushroom farming. It seeks to process these offcuts into bio-based functional additives and biopolymers using a cascading approach to separate the valuable components into a spectrum of products. It also seeks to prove its industrial viability by building a new bio-refinery and modifying industrial current manufacturing lines.
The GRACE project will explore the potential of the non-food industrial crops miscanthus and hemp as a source of biomass for the bio-economy. Both miscanthus and hemp are relatively under-exploited, but offer an interesting business opportunity for farmers and industry. When cultivated on marginal, contaminated or unused/abandoned land, the impacts on food security can be minimized, and the potential introduction of pollutants into the food chain can be prevented.
The GreenLight project will demonstrate a value-chain for creating a new bio-based, renewable and economically viable carbon fibre precursor – lignin – that will be produced in Europe with European raw materials.
GreenProtein is an industrial demonstration project that aims to produce high-added value, food grade proteins and other ingredients from vegetable food waste streams. The primary objective will be to extract and purify food-grade, fully functioning, RuBisCO protein on an industrial scale using discards from the vegetable processing industry.
Demonstration of solvent and resin production from lignocellulosic biomass via the platform chemical levulinic acid.
HYPERBIOCOAT examines how existing technology can be used to develop biodegradable polymers derived from food processing by-products, which can provide the high levels of protection required for the demanding areas of food, cosmetic and medical device packaging. Ultimately, this would permit packaging without the need for non-biodegradable additives.
The InDIRECT project aims to develop the use of indirect cascading biorefinery processes to convert underspent side streams from the agricultural and processing sectors into useful and marketable products.
InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, aims to build a community of public procurement practitioners interested in Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) of Bio-Based Products and Services (BBPS).
The Andean lupin has long been grown in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. These plants are also suitable for cultivation in Europe, where they can thrive on what is currently marginal land. The LIBBIO project will aim to increase the crop yield and the percentage of lupin beans in the overall harvest weight (known as the ‘harvest index’).
The LIBRE project will utilise lignin-rich side stream feedstock from the pulp and paper industry, blended with a biopolymer precursor fibre, to create a more resource-efficient and sustainable carbon fibre production process.
The aim of LigniOx project is to demonstrate the techno-economic viability of the unique alkali-O2 oxidation technology (LigniOx) for the conversion of several lignin-rich side-streams into versatile dispersants, and especially high-performance concrete and mortar plasticizers.
Commercial flagship plant for bio-ethanol production involving a bio-based value chain built on lignocellulosic feedstock.
LIPES is dedicated to bringing the first market replication of greener and healthier fatty acids. The objective is to create high purity bio-based intermediates and end products from vegetable oils and fats.
The MACRO CASCADE project will prove the concept of the cascading marine macroalgal biorefinery. This is a production platform that covers the entire technological chain for processing sustainable cultivated seaweed into highly processed value added products.
MAGNIFICENT seeks to develop a new value chain for food, aquafeed and cosmetic ingredients based on microalgae. Currently, market opportunities for microalgae-based products are restricted to high-value products, as production costs are currently prohibitive to use it as a feedstock.
The NeoCel project will develop innovative and techno-economically feasible processes for producing high quality textile fibres from reactive high cellulose pulps. It will enhance the use of cellulose from sustainable sources, with a special focus on textiles.
NewFert plans to design and develop technologies that will re-use and valorise biowaste components, making them suitable as secondary raw material in the fertilizer industry. The idea is to fill the gaps in nutrient recovery technologies and develop specific solutions to realise a new food value chain in fertiliser industry.
The OPTISOCHEM project will demonstrate the feasibility of transforming excess wheat straw into bio-Isobutene (bio-IBN) derivatives. It will develop and scale up the demo production of bio-IBN from straw. Ultimately this will lead to production and validation in pilot facilities.
PEFerence will establish a unique, industrial scale, cost-effective biorefinery flagship plant producing FDCA (furan dicarboxylic acid), a bio-based building block to produce high value products.
PERCAL will use Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a feedstock for developing intermediate chemical products, producing high yield with high purity, making it attractive for industry. These will be complementary to the bioethanol (existing PERSEO Bioethanol® technology), thus creating a cascade of valorisation from the MSW components.
A network of bioeconomy open access pilot and multipurpose demo facilities.
The PolyBioSkin project seeks to broaden the use of biopolymers in strategic and demanding skin-contact applications by developing skin-contact bio-polymer based product parts with increased performance and functionality derived from biomass and food waste, providing a more environmentally friendly end of life given their biodegradability allowing organic recycling.
Professional support to the uptake of bioeconomy RD results towards market, further research and policy for a more competitive European Bioeconomy.
Protein Mining of Cereal side-streams Exploring Novel Technological Concepts.
PROVIDES will develop a new, sustainable and techno-economically feasible pulping technology for wood and agro-based lignocelluloses. Using a new class of solvents, known as deep eutectic solvents (DES), offers the ability to reduce process energy intensity at least 40%and investment costs by 50% over existing chemical pulping technology.
The project will demonstrate an integrated and cost-effective cascading bio-refinery system to refine sugar beet pulp and identify applications for approximately 65% of its mass in high value markets, increasing its current value by as much as 20-50 times.
Project PULPACKTION will develop cellulose-based packaging solutions for the specific demands of the food and electronic packaging industries, reducing dependence on non-renewable fossil fuel based plastics.
RefuCoat seeks to develop hybrid bio-based high oxygen/water barrier and active coatings to be used in monolayer bio-based packaging (films and trays) as alternative to current metallised and modified atmosphere (MAP) packages.
ReSolve sets out to replace two hazardous solvents - toluene and NMP (N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone) - with safer alternatives derived from non-food carbohydrates. These new solvents will omit parts of the molecular structure that cause toxicity – namely aromatic rings (toluene) and amide groups (NMP). The new, safer solvents will have a wide range of applications; project ReSolve with bring them to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5. It will also demonstrate their sustainability, low health impact and high application performance.
RoadToBio will create a platform to bring together the chemical industry, civil society and governing bodies to establish a dialogue on the activities needed to deliver the full potential of the action plan.
The SHERPACK project will develop a renewable, biodegradable and recyclable flexible paper-based packaging material that can be converted by heat-sealing and folding, with improved stiffness and grip. It will replace materials currently used to manufacture FFS (Form Fill Seal) packaging, such as plastics or aluminium foil with an advanced biomaterial.
SmartLi will develop valorisation routes for lignin, creating materials – notably composite materials and resins - with the potential to replace those that presently depend on fossil raw material sources. Importantly, it will source them from underutilised lignin by-products from pulp and paper industry.
The SSUCHY project seeks to contribute to developing bio-based composite products with advanced functionalities and high structural properties for transportation sectors and in high value market niches.
STAR-ProBio supports the European Commission in the full implementation of European policy initiatives, including the Lead Market Initiative in bio-based products, the industrial policy and the European Bio-economy Strategy.
STAR4BBI will support adaption of the regulatory framework and of relevant standards for selected existing value chains and the development of new value chains based on biomass from forests, from agriculture and from organic waste.
The SYLFEED project will start to bridge this gap by upscaling a bio-refinery concept that can convert woody biomass into high-value Single Cell Protein (SCP) for use as animal feed, most notably in increasing fish production.
By developing a state-of-the-art knowledge-based decision-support system aimed at increasing efficiency, TECH4EFFCT will offer a novel way to exploit the increasing amounts of data generated in modern forestry. TECH4EFFECT seeks to implement the developed efficiency management tool in five participating countries.
The URBIOFIN project will demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of converting the organic fraction of MSW on a semi-industrial scale. It will create chemical building blocks, biopolymers or additives using the biorefinery concept applied to MSW - i.e. urban biorefinery. Ultimately, URBIOFIN will offer a new feasible and more sustainable scenario alternative to the current treatment of the OFMSW.
The US4GREENCHEM project aims to design a bio-refinery concept for the complete valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass that is energy and cost-efficient and based solely on green technologies.
The ValChem project aims to demonstrate the viability, both technically and economically, of producing wood-based chemicals that are competitive with similar products based on fossil-based raw materials in terms of quality and production costs.
VALUEMAG aims to provide ground-breaking solutions for microalgae production and harvesting as well as scaling up biomass transformation systems in order to provide new technologies for aquatic/marine biomass integrated bio-refineries.
The Zelcor project intends to demonstrate the feasibility of transforming lignocellulose recalcitrant side streams (lignocellulosic residues from ethanol production, lignins dissolved during pulping and lignin-like humins formed by sugars conversion) into high added-value bio-based products, including fine chemicals. This will be achieved by combining chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insect-based bioconversion.