ERIFORE – Research Infrastructure for Circular Forest Bioeconomy

ERIFORE is an infrastructure development project under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. The aim is to establish an open access research infrastructure to facilitate the development of technologies enabling research and commercialization of new value added products from forest biomass.

ERIFORE builds on a new firm alliance aiming to establish open access distributed forest bioeconomy research infrastructure across Europe enabling scientific discoveries to be transferred to new business models, novel products and services asserting sustainable growth. The vision is that ERIFORE will realize the European potential to consolidate its place as a world leader in biomass based research and innovations.

Utilization of forest biomass to new value added products require the combined understanding of the whole development chain, from biomass sourcing, composition, its deconstruction and further conversions to products. Future biorefinery concepts will go beyond of how biomass is used today. This is directly reflected in the infrastructure needs to realize the most up-to-date education, excellent research and new innovations that are required for industrial renewal.

Due to its unique equipment, Fraunhofer CBP is a partner in this project and contributes with its know-how along the entire value chain to support the success of the project.

Project information

Project title

ERIFORE – Research Infrastructure for Circular Forest Bioeconomy

Project duration

January 2016 – January 2018


Project partners

  • Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (VTT), Finland (Coordination)
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy - Finland (Coordination)
  • Aalto University, Finland
  • Fraunhofer CBP, Germany
  • Fraunhofer ICT, Germany
  • RISE Processum AB, Sweden
  • Kungliga tekniska högskolan, Sweden
  • Stinfelsen SINTEF, Norway
  • Institut Technologique Foret Cellulose Bois-construction Ameublement, France
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France
  • Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Spain
  • Wood K plus – Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH, Austria
  • Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, Latvia
  • “Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Romania
  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Belgium


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 654371.

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