Process center for the use of renewable raw materials

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Location Leuna

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Scaling up processes to industrial dimensions

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70 years of Fraunhofer

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Welcome to Fraunhofer CBP

In view of the finite nature of fossil resources, the growing demand for resources and climate change, the use of renewable raw materials has acquired great significance. The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna focuses on the combination of biotechnological processes with chemical processes, and with its pilot scale technical equipment it closes the gap between the laboratory and industrial implementation.

By providing the infrastructure and technical facilities as well as a staff of highly qualified experts, it enables partners from research and industry to develop and scale up processes for the utilization of renewable and petrochemical raw materials to production-relevant dimensions, and also to accelerate process developments. Focus is laid on the use of vegetable oils, the disintegration of lignocelluloses and the production of technical enzymes.

Fraunhofer CBP is a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.

Current issues


Press release / 3.5.2019

Successful commissioning at EthaNa project

After five month of construction, the rapeseed pilot plant was successfully put into operation. 


UNRAVEL Press release / 28.4.2019

Successful scale-up of the FABIOLA™ process

Scale-up of the FABIOLA™ fractionation process in the lignocellulose biorefinery pilot plant at Fraunhofer CBP.


Press release / 2.11.2018

Producing everyday products with fungi

At Fraunhofer IGB biobased and CO2-neutral basic chemicals for detergents, cosmetics, and clothes, to name just a few products, are produced with the help of fungi.


Image movie / 3.7.2018

Bioeconomy Saxony-Anhalt

Innovation and Management company (IMP) introduces Fraunhofer CBP.

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Annual Report 2018|19

Fraunhofer IGB Annual Report with numerous projects and results from IGB and CBP research.

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