Bio Base NWE has come to an end and proudly presents its results. This network of biobased economy experts advised over 500 small and medium enterprises (SME’s) to facilitate innovation and business development in biobased technologies and to stimulate the growth of the biobased economy in Northwest Europe (NWE). 27 SMEs received financial support through the project to conduct feasibility studies and scale-up trials at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Ghent, Belgium). Almost all of them declared these trials speeded up the commercialisation of their innovation. The work done within the innovation coupons scheme created a substantial leverage effect: up to €71million of investments and the creation of 320 new jobs in the biobased economy in the coming years. Furthermore the project partners discussed policy recommendations with their local and EU policy makers aimed at removing the hurdles SME’s encounter during their journey to bring lab scale innovations to the market.
Digital training tools for the (bio) process industry.
Workshops in October in The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and the UK.
Over 500 people have gathered today at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this pilot facility for biobased processes and products. During the celebration, Minister Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy and Innovation has inaugurated two new 15.000 Liter bioreactors. These new bioreactors form a significant extension of the innovation and demonstration infrastructure of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant.
One of the new 15.000 Liter bioreactors was financed by the Bio Base NWE project (INTERREG IVB and Enterprise Flanders).
The UK Government has published a report detailing the enormous opportunities resulting from growing the bioeconomy. The report ‘Building a high value bioeconomy: Opportunities from Waste’ presents the basis for the growth of the bioeconomy in the UK and the enabling actions required to realise the opportunity.
The Bio Base NWE project has been selected by the INTERREG IVB administration to be put in the 'Spotlight' on their homepage.
Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables has become the first in the world to produce biofuel capable of powering cars from residues of the whisky industry. It now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland after manufacturing the first samples of bio-butanol from the by-products of whisky fermentation.
Celtic Renewables started the scale-up of their innovative process in 2013 using a Bio Base NWE Innovation Coupon.
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP), a leading pilot plant for bio-based products and processes located in the port of Ghent, has been recognised by the French Government as a research facility. French companies making use of the services of Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant can consequently obtain a tax credit of up to 30% on the invoice. The outsourced work must, however, come within the scope of Research and Development activities, or be linked to Innovation. Bio Base NWE previously announced that it would award innovation coupons up to €30,000 to innovative companies wishing to carry out tests at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. Cooperation with BBEPP is consequently now becoming of great interest to French companies, particularly French SMEs.
SME’s can now access ‘Innovation Coupons’ worth up to 30.000€ to assess the feasibility of an innovative biobased process at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Ghent, Belgium.
Brussels, 9 July 2014 - EU and industry leaders have today launched a new European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and 'Made in Europe', tackling some of Europe's biggest societal challenges.
Also launched today is the BBI's first Call for Proposals.
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a member of the Bio-Based Industries Partnership.
Celtic Renewables, the Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles.The partnership, which will allow the company to develop its technology at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, has been made possible by second round funding worth €1.5million, including more than €1million from the UK Government, to help meet its ambition of growing a new €125 million-a-year industry in the UK.
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, a pilot plant for biobased products and processes located in the port of Ghent (Belgium) was selected by the European Commission as a demonstrator multi-KETs pilot line. KETs or Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are considered to directly or indirectly stimulate Europe's competitiveness and generate jobs, growth and wealth in the economy. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a European front runner in terms of industrial biotechnology, one of the six European KETs.
This Shared Research Center is anticipating the expected growing shortage of aromatics from the petrochemical industry and the widely shared ambition to green the chemical industry. Biorizon has received €2,5 million start up funding that enables them to start working on innovative technologies to develop aromatics out of agro-residuals.
EURONEWS, more specifically its program entitled ‘Business Planet’, featured Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant and the Bio Base NWE Innovation Coupon System in November 2013.
17 September 2013 –Released by Bio Base NWE Consortium at the occasion of the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology
Successful launch of the Bio Base NWE Innovation Coupon scheme for European SME’s
23 August 2013 – Released by Autodisplay
Innovation Coupon for Autodisplay Biotech GMBH
10 July 2013 – Released by NNFCC
EU and Industry Invest in Growing Bio-based Products
Coupons worth €10,000 each to help SME's unlock potential of bio-based technologies
New €6.2 million project to help European SMEs drive growth in the biobased economy.