Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Ghent, Belgium)
is an open innovation pilot and demonstration facility fro process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of bio-based products and processes from lab to multi ton scale. A wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations combined with a team of highly trained and experienced engineers and operators facilitates the translation of lab processes into viable industrial processes.
SERVICES: Technological scale-up and industrial proof-of-concept: Development and scale up of biobased processes i.e. biomass pretreatment, fermentation, biocatalysis, product recovery and purification, if needed under ATEX conditions. The coupon corresponds to a technical feasibility study at pilot scale and can comprise a desktop study, lab work and/or pilot tests performed at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.
Materia Nova (Mons, Belgium)
Research teams in this Material Research and Development Centre are mainly involved in activities linked to biobased products: bioplastics, white biotechnology... It has a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) team that has developed a vast expertise in using LCA tools for evaluating the environmental performance of innovations with the aim to assess at R&D stage the final environmental impacts associated with final product's life of the project.
SERVICES: Life-cycle assessment (LCA) of of biobased processes. Assessment of environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from cradle to grave (i.e., from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling). LCAs can help SMEs to avoid a narrow outlook on environmental concerns even at R&D or scaling-up stages (e.g. selection of the best environementally friendly pathway to produce).
NNFCC, the bioeconomy consultants (York, UK)
NNFCC offers a range of market research SERVICES which can be accessed through the BioBase4SME project. NNFCC undertakes market landscape reviews providing information on market size, geographical breakdown, product value, key stakeholders and industry trends. Stakeholder mapping exercises are performed to provide insight into key actors with value chains, supply chains or innovation chains. Stakeholder mapping includes competitor and potential collaborator analysis. NNFCC also offer strategic market reviews covering political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) considerations, as a basis for trend impact analysis. Strategic reviews are completed with strengths, opportunities, threats and weaknesses (SWOT) analysis and recommendations for next steps. For longer term market research NNFCC are also able to offer horizon scan and scenario planning.
Association des Chambres d’Agriculture de l’Arc Atlantique, AC3A (Poitiers, France)
AC3A is an expert in Social Acceptance studies and training. Creating new bio products and integrating them in SME’s catalogue has necessary marketing needs. Circular economy thinking new and many people are unfamiliar with. Creating social acceptances can be defined as avoiding neighbourhood opposition against new production lines in their vicinity.
SERVICES: AC3A offers 'social acceptance' training to SMEs and provides them with a complete panel of technologies and marketing tools to obtain social acceptance and thus to inform and consult local stakeholders. Social acceptance is to avoid investments that will be protested against by the neighbourhood thus decreases SME development risks. Moreover it interests the neighbourhood (local customers) in the new products.
REWIN West-Brabant (Breda, The Netherlands)
REWIN West-Brabant is a regional development agency. It will not perform the services itself, but will source ‘Application testing’ from a limited number of sourced partners. In total REWIN intends to make available 100.000 Euro of vouchers with a ‘face value’ of 4.000 Euro each (thus, 25 vouchers in total).
The SERVICES REWIN is looking to offer will be linked to the following innovation capacities (analysis, tests, …):
- Natural Fibres
- Natural colors
- Agricultural breeds / crops
- Green Chemistry
More details as soon as the public procurement procedure has been finalized.
CLIB2021 (Düsseldorf, Germany)
CLIB2021 is an international open innovation cluster of large companies from the chemical and bio-based industry, SMEs, academic institutes and universities as well as other stakeholders active in industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy. The membership of the cluster comprises an international share of about 30%. CLIB aims to network its members across value chains within and beyond the cluster to initiate new research and business projects. Another task is to inform policy makers about chances the bioeconomy offers and to signal challenges to overcome. The cluster’s goal is to establish the bioeconomy in industrial application.
SERVICES: In the BioBase4SME project CLIB will be the NWE German contact point and will organise workshops as well as trainings on specific topics (see our events page).
Flanders Biobased Valley (Ghent, Belgium)
is a non-profit organisation supporting the development of sustainable biobased activities and resulting economic growth in the region of Ghent, Belgium. Ghent Bio-Economy Valley promotes the development of the biobased economy of the future through collaborative programs, joint initiatives and synergy creation between the partners in the fields of Research & Development, structural measures and policy, industrial integration and communication towards the general public.
SERVICES: Within BioBase4SME, GBEV will the Flemish contact point (Bio-Innovation Agent) and will organise workshops as well as trainings on specific topics (see our events page).
TCBB RESOURCE (Ireland)
TCBB RESOURCE will operate two central pre-pilot test lines at an integrated pre-pilot facility to provide advanced anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis tests. These test lines will be available in a co-located facility allowing for integrated pre-pilot testing, using both advanced anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis to assist innovators with preliminary process development, scale-up and validation (TRL4) prior to engaging sophisticated pilot plant resources for final process optimisation. TCBBB RESOUCE will provide industrial proof of concept tests bringing biobased developments from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 (validated in lab) up to TRL 6 (demonstrated in a relevant environment). Basic research and commercialisation are thus excluded.
The SERVICES at the integrated pre-pilot will be of benefit to the following SME sectors across all of the North-West Europe region: e.g. dairy processing facilities for low-temperature, high-rate AD wastewater treatment; cheese producers for whey by-products for functional foods and nutraceuticals; apple and other fruit processors (fruit pulp); brewers; marine and sea fisheries sector; forestry wastes and by-products.
The University of York (UK)
The University of York is a world leader in research on novel agricultural products and green chemistry with a particular focus on second generation fuels & chemicals, high value chemicals from from plants and microbes and adding value to biowaste. Its subsiduary, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) bridges the gap between the science base at the University of York and the needs of industry to develop and scale-up new greener processes and products. The University and the BDC are both founding members of the the innovation cluster, BioVale, which helps regional enterprise profit from the valuable business opportunities in the knowledge-based bioeconomy.
The University of York is responsible for design and delivery of Innovation Biocamps. These are aimed at young, innovative companies with high growth potential which are operating in the knowledge based bioeconomy. The Biocamps comprise a week of intensive training, mentoring and peer to peer learning, culminating in a pitch to a panel of specialist investors.