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2015|16 Annual Report Fraunhofer IGB

FRAUNHOFER CENTER FOR CHEMICAL- BIOTECHNOLOGICAL PROCESSES CBP 4 8 COMPETENCES The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Process- es CBP in Leuna, central Germany, closes the gap between the lab and industrial implementation. By making infrastructure and plants (pilot scale and miniplants) available, the center makes it possible for cooperation partners from research and industry to develop and scale up biotechnological and chemi- cal processes for the utilization of renewable raw materials right up to industrial scale. With more than 2000 m² of space for plants, technical infra- structure, laboratories, office and storage spaces, a uni ue platform is available for the development of new processes up to commercially relevant dimensions with a direct connection to the chemical industry on the one hand, and Fraunhofer research on the other fter the five-year start-up period and a successful evaluation in 2014, the project group became a permanent branch of Fraunhofer IGB. Joint projects involve partners from industry, academia and non-university research institutions and currently focus on the following specializations: Obtaining high-quality extractives from biogenic raw and residual materials Pulping of lignocellulose, separation and use of its components to make further products Development of processes to obtain new technical enzymes Functionalization of vegetable oils, e.g. biotechnological epoxidation and ω-functionalization Manufacturing of biobased alcohols, acids, and olefins using fermentation and chemical processes Cultivation of microalgae for the production of high- quality ingredients The core focus of Fraunhofer CBP’s activities is the sustain- ability of processes along the entire value chain involved in generating products based on renewable raw materials. The goal is to achieve an integrated, cascading material and ener- getic utilization of ideally the entire components of any given plant biomass, using biorefinery concepts Process development thus concentrates on the following aspects: Exploiting the carbon synthesis potential provided by nature The energy and resource efficiency of the processes developed Minimizing waste streams Reducing CO2 emissions Material utilization of plant biomass that is not suited as either human food or animal feed Integration of the processes developed into existing systems/infrastructure Small and medium-sized enterprises frequently do not have the resources of their own to realize the transfer of these new technologies from the laboratory to industrial implementation. The center’s pilot scale and miniplant facilities offer these customers an excellent platform for process development. Indeed, this can also be used for the optimization of existing processes. 48