In order to build an open-access research infrastructure for the forest-based bioeconomy, the project ERIFORE started under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. The ERIFORE consortium, which consists of key players in forest-based bioeconomy, will hold its first public workshop on the 6th of September 2016 in Leuna, Germany. The large chemical site of Leuna was already established in 1916 when Carl Bosch, commissioned by BASF, founded an ammonia plant in Leuna. After introduction of ammonia synthesis for industrial purposes, large-scale production of methanol was established in 1923 based on a high-pressure process. By this, Leuna quickly earned an international reputation for chemical production. Today it is home to 21 producing companies and the facilities of Fraunhofer CBP, the piloting facility of Fraunhofer for the material use of renewable resources.
Within the workshop, the ERIFORE consortium is happy to invite research institutions and stakeholders to visit the Fraunhofer CBP. In addition, the team of ERIFORE will present data on European forest-based bioeconomy infrastructure in the areas of biomass sourcing, biomass pretreatment, chemical and biotechnological conversion as well as downstream processing. Gathering the main research institutions and key industrial players active in this field further opens up a unique opportunity for networking, discussion of future strategies and exploitation of knowledge.