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Bio refining, conversion and recirculation

It is one thing to develop theoretical models based on lab scale experiments. for using biomass in a circular bioeconomy, but something completely different to make it happen in industrially relavant scale and doing so for entire circular systems

This area carries out research and development of biomass conversion technologies and integrated biorefinery systems that enable production of food, feed, biomaterials and bioenergy, with the view to increasing the value of biomass streams. Focus is on applying the newest research results to optimize the biorefinery systems as a whole, and to develop integrated pilot and demo-scale biorefinery processes to ensure that operation results are readily scalable to an industrial level and provide more realistic costing for technoeconomic forecasting.

The work in this research area aims consistently at:

  • increasing the value of the biomass resources via technology development to produce desired and marketable products
  • ensuring full exploitation of biomass resources by applying a cascading biorefinery approach and no waste generation
  • developing fully integrated systems in which circular value chains can be completed.

Great perspectives

CBIO’s technology platforms have so far enabled the initiation of commercial implementation with regard to green Biorefining and production of grass-clover protein concentrates to substitute soy meal import.

Based on CBIO’s biogas plant, the world’s largest for research purposes, our researchers also work on developing promising technology platforms for chemical catalyst methanisation and biomethanisation of biogas, among others. These technologies have the potential to play a leading role in the important research efforts regarding optimisation of the use of fixed carbon in green biomass.

Based on CBIO´s HTL pilot plant, research and industry collaboration has now enabled an initiation of a demonstration scale commercial facility for production of bio-oil from sewage sludge.

Participating scientists and their research groups :