Process center for the use of renewable raw materials
In view of the finite nature of fossil resources, the growing demand for resources and climate change, the use of renewable raw materials has already acquired great significance. Plants, straw, wood or microalgae can in the long term replace oil as a raw material for the chemical industry. Industrial biotechnology, and combining this technology with chemical processing methods, are here seen as key technologies on the way towards a sustainable chemistry. Scalable new methods, especially with a view to cost efficiency, are required that have to be closely interlinked with existing production structures.
However, especially small and medium-sized enterprises are hardly able on their own to manage the transfer of these new technologies from the laboratory or pilot plant to industrially relevant orders of magnitude. The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna closes the gap between the pilot plant and industrial implementation. By making infrastructure and plants/ miniplants available, the Fraunhofer CBP makes it possible for cooperation partners from research and industry to develop and scale processes for utilizing renewable raw materials up to an industrial scale.
The construction of the Fraunhofer CBP was made possible by start-up financing provided by the Land of Sachsen-Anhalt, project funding via the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) as well as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.