The leading-edge BioEconomy Cluster integrates research and industrial activities relevant to the bioeconomy in Central Germany. The cluster’s core objective is the sustainable value creation from non-food biomass such as wood as input for the production of materials, chemical products and energy. The Fraunhofer CBP assumes a pivotal role in scaling up and industrial implementation of the production processes developed.
Within the BioRaf cooperation network, concepts and business opportunities for biorefineries as well as innovative products and processes are especially developed for small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition, synergetic effects should be established in order to tap into the full potential in the field of biorefinery. Fraunhofer CBP is an associate member of the BioRaf network.
The strategic goal of the High-Performance Center Chemical and Biosystems Technology is to investigate and optimize process chains in the plastic-processing, chemical, biotechnological and biomedical industries – from raw materials to the product – in the Halle-Leipzig region. To this end, the scientific institutions in greater Halle-Leipzig and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg will work even more intensively with companies in the area in order to decisively stimulate added value in the Halle-Leipzig region. The High-Performance Center Chemical and Biosystems Technology will advance both excellence in research and sustainable regional development through the transfer of knowledge and technology.
HYPOS aims to convert excess renewable electricity into the storable chemical energy carrier hydrogen and integrate, by means of an intelligent connection of hydrogen production, with the infrastructure of gas pipelines and gas storage facilities into the energy system. Via the “green” hydrogen, the chemical network, the natural gas supply system, and the electricity supply network in East Germany are connected in an exemplary manner. Within HYPOS, Fraunhofer CBP acts as a research partner mainly in the use of “green” hydrogen.
The Science Campus Halle (WCH) pursues the systematic and sustained development of a multi-disciplinary center for plant-based bioeconomy. The WCH thus provides an important base for future applications such as those implemented industrially in the neighboring regional leading-edge BioEconomy cluster, as well as interdisciplinary-trained professionals for industry. The Fraunhofer CBP is an associate member of the WCH.
The Competence Center Wood k plus is one of the leading research institutes in the fields of wood composites and wood chemistry. The Fraunhofer CBP is a partner in the COMET program (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies), where it contributes its expertise in lignocellulose fractionation and the development of biotechnological and chemical processes.