In view of the finite nature of fossil resources, industrial or white biotechnology has become a key technology for the 21st century. In the long term, sustainable raw materials such as plants, straw, wood or microalgae will be able to replace petroleum as a raw material for the chemical industry. For the efficient and effective use of sustainable raw materials there is a need for new and scalable processes which are closely linked to existing production structures. However, small and medium-sized enterprises are often unable to transfer these new technologies from the laboratory to an industrial scale without support. The Fraunhofer CBP bridges the gap between the laboratory and industrial implementation: Through the provision of infrastructure and pilot plants it enables partners from research and industry to develop biotechnological and chemical processes to utilize renewable resources on an industrial scale.
The Project Center offers modular processing capacities of up to 10 m3 and various processing technologies. Emphasis is placed on the use of vegetable oils, the disintegration of lignocelluloses and the production of technical enzymes. Completion of a new building with more than 2000 m2 floor area is scheduled for mid 2012.
For further information concerning facilities and equipment, projects and contact persons please visit the website of the Fraunhofer CBP.