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2015|16 Annual Report Fraunhofer IGB

20 FRAUNHOFER CBP’S NETWORKING ACTIVITIES PROFILE Leading-edge Cluster BioEconomy The leading-edge cluster BioEconomy integrates research and industrial activities relevant to the bioeconomy in Central Germany. The cluster’s core objective is the sustainable value creation from non-food biomass such as wood as input for the production of materials, chemical products and energy. Fraunhofer CBP assumes a pivotal role in scaling up and indus- trial implementation of the production processes developed. Science Campus Halle – Plant-based Bioeconomy (WCH) The Science Campus Halle (WCH) pursues the systematic and sustained development of a multi-disciplinary center for plant- based bioeconomy. The WCH thus provides an important base for future applications such as those implemented industrially in the neighboring regional leading-edge cluster BioEconomy, as well as interdisciplinary-trained professionals for industry. Fraunhofer CBP is an associate member of the WCH. Competence Center for Wood Composites and Wood Chemistry (Wood K plus) The Competence Center Wood K plus is one of the leading research institutes in the fields of wood composites and wood chemistry. Fraunhofer CBP is a partner in the COMET program (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies), where it contributes its expertise in lignocellulose fractionation and the development of biotechnological and chemical processes. Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions East Germany (HYPOS) HYPOS aims to convert excess renewable electricity into the storable chemical energy carrier hydrogen and integrate, by means of an intelligent connection of hydrogen production, with the infrastructure of gas pipelines and gas storage facili- ties into the energy system. Via the “green” hydrogen, the chemical network, the natural gas supply system, and the electricity supply network in East Germany are connected in an exemplary manner. Within HYPOS, Fraunhofer CBP acts as a research partner mainly in the use of “green” hydrogen. ZIM Cooperation Network Biorefineries (BioRaf) Within the BioRaf cooperation network, concepts and busi- ness opportunities for biorefineries as well as innovative products and processes are especially developed for small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, synergetic effects should be established in order to tap into the full potential in the field of biorefinery raunhofer BP is an associate mem- ber of the BioRaf network.