Reference projects

Fraunhofer CBP  is working successfully in numerous (joint) projects funded by German Federal Ministries or by foundations. Here we present a selection of current and completed projects.

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  • Pilot plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP
    © Gunter Binsack / Fraunhofer CBP

    In the pilot plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP researchers are producing oil substitutes from renewable raw materials.

    Funding: BMELV || Duration: May 2009 – April 2012 || The objective of the integrated project is to increase the use of renewable resources and, in the long term, to convert chemical production processes for the production of synthesized building blocks to renewable resources. By means of an integrated development along the whole value creation chain from the pilot scale through to production scale the aim is to implement an integrated production on the basis of renewable resources.

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    Integrated process for the production of of second generation sugars.

    Funding: BMEL; FNR || Duration: June 2016 – Mai 2019 || The goal of this project is to design an integrated process for the production of second generation sugars using ligninolytic enzymes and novel cellulases. Basis for this is the organosolv process of Fraunhofer CBP, which is already established in pilot scale. The enzyme production will be integrated into the overall sugar production by using fractions originated from the organosolv process as fermentation substrates. The primary feedstock used in this project is beech wood. The overall process will be demonstrated in pilot scale.

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  • Funding: state Saxony-Anhalt; IB LSA || Duration: July 2016 – June 2019 || In order to connect for instance wood or cork, mostly petroleum-based adhesive systems are used. Non-natural chemicals are also used to protect the natural materials against microbial infestation as well as fire loads. Thus, the ecological potential of the wood and cork products are reduced.

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  • © Fraunhofer IGB

    Funding: BMBF || Duration: August 2015 – August 2017 || Isobutene is a key molecule for the petrochemical industry. It is currently produced exclusively from fossil sources such as petroleum. Using an alternative manufacturing process developed by Global Bioenergies, biobased isobutene is produced from sugars in a demonstration plant at the Leuna site. In the Bio-FAA project, biobased isobutene was successfully converted into fuels and fuel additives such as isooctane and ETBE for the first time ever.

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  • Funding: BMBF; PTJ; Spitzencluster BioEconomy || Duration: October 2015 – June 2017 || Within the project Bio-M a new flexible and sustainable process for the production of bioethanol from biogenic carbon dioxide and "green" hydrogen is to be developed and their technical feasibility as well as industrial relevance to be demonstrated.

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  • Funding: BMBF; PTJ; Spitzencluster BioEconomy || Duration: September 2014 – June 2017 || The focus within this project is the synthesis of 100 percent bio-based Solketal (Isopropylidene glycerol) carried out in a semi-continuous reactor. Solketal can be catalyzed from glycerol and acetone under acidic conditions. This synthesis was developed in a laboratory scale by the GLACONCHEMIE GmbH using biogenic glycerol (purely vegetable, by-product from the biodiesel production).

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  • Funding: EU || Duration: Januar 2012 – Dezember 2015 || BioConSepT aims to demonstrate the technically feasibility of White Biotech processes for the conversion of 2nd generation biomass into platform chemicals. BioConSepT uses lignocellulose and non-edible oils & fats as cheap, abundantly available feedstocks, which cannot be used as food.

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  • Microscope image of the fungus Aspergillus terreus.

    Funding: EU || Duration: January 2017 – December 2017 || In the EU project Bio-QED, Fraunhofer IGB and its branch institute Fraunhofer CBP are conducting research into fermentative production processes to produce basic chemicals and regarding the scale-up of the processes. The Institute is concentrating in particular on the itaconic acid value chain. In 2017, the Fraunhofer CBP held a demonstration workshop on this topic in which project highlights and results were presented.

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  • Funding: BMBF; PTJ || Duration: March 2015 – September 2017 || The aim of the project "Biomass disruption Phase 2" is to promote the implementation of the process in a demonstration plant at various levels. The focus is on the following tasks. The precipitation of lignin from the digestion solution by evaporation of the ethanol is to be implemented in the pilot plant as part of the project. A particularly advantageous method has already been developed and patented in the predecessor project together with the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems.

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