Range of services

A unique, modular platform with more than 2000 m² of floor space for facilities, technical departments, laboratories, offices and storage space was created to represent complete process chains – from processing raw materials by way of various conversion processes to product separation and purification.

Contract research and project cooperation

Fraunhofer CBP develops, implements and optimizes processes, products and equipment in all the application-relevant fields of expertise in contract for partners from industry and the public sector. In addition, we apply for joint projects – funded by the EU or German Federal Ministries – with the participation of major enterprises, small and medium-sized companies, universities or non-university research establishments.

With the available technical facilities and the combination of various types of process engineering expertise (biochemical, chemical, mechanical and thermal process engineering) an excellent, time-saving and cost-cutting way of scaling up new technologies is offered especially for small and medium-sized enterprises – with the aim of faster product development and market launch.

Interested firms and institutes are welcome to get in touch with us for further information and concrete advice.

Processes for the manufacture of products from renewable raw materials

The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP focuses on the development of sustainable processes along the entire value creation chain for the manufacture of products on the basis of renewable resources. The aim, working on the principle of a biorefinery, is the integrated and cascading material-energetic utilization of, as far as possible, all the substances derived from plant biomass.

Joint projects involve partners from industry, academia and non-university research establishments, and currently focus on the following specializations:

  • Obtaining high quality extractives from biogenic raw and residual materials
  • Pulping of lignocellulose, separation and use of its components to make further products
  • Development of processes to obtain new technical enzymes
  • Manufacturing of biobased alcohols, acids and olefins using fermentation and chemical processes
  • Funktionalization of vegetable oils, e.g. biotechnological epocidation and ω-functionalization 


Process center with modular technology platform

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The Fraunhofer CBP's range of service

To solve process-technical issues, Fraunhofer CBP provides modular process capacities of up to 10 m3 fermentation volume and continuous plants capable of high-pressure processing up to 20 kg per hour, plus a wide range of processing, treatment and reconditioning techniques and methods.

This versatile “flexible biorefinery” facilitates the conversion of raw materials such as vegetable oils, cellulose, lignocellulose, starch and sugar into chemical products.

Pilot plants and focal points

A total of six pilot plants consisting of flexible unit operations are available for the smooth integration of laboratory protocols, the scale-up and further optimization. Supported by state-of-the-art analytical equipment and process simulation tools, the team of bioprocess engineers, chemists, engineers and technicians is pursuing the following key objectives across a wide range of projects:

  • Maximum use of the carbon synthesis potential of nature
  • Optimization of the energy and resource efficiency of the processes
  • Robust process control and validation of parameters for plant design
  • Minimization of waste streams
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Use of raw materials that are unsuitable for food or feed production
  • Integration of the newly developed processes into existing production networks