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The main objective of the STAR4BBI project is promoting a level playing field for bio-based products by contributing to the establishment of a coherent, well-coordinated and favourable regulatory / standardization framework for supporting the development of a cutting edge bioeconomy for Europe.
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The 3.8 million project is committed to build new, innovative, cross-border and cross-sectorial value chains in the bio-based economy that have the potential to disrupt existing value chains in the fossil oil based economy. 

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Led by agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun, this 4 year project aims to demonstrate an integrated and cost-effective cascading biorefinery system to refine sugar beet pulp and isolate high value products for detergents, personal care, oil & gas, paints & coatings and composites. 

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This project aims at filling this gap by developing procedural recommendations for the life cycle assessment of bio-based materials and chemicals and the political utilization of these assessments.

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In this project the nova-Institute is responsible for assessing and evaluating the environmental impact of the newly developed processes under application of Life Cycle Assessment.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreement number: 635340

Contact: Christin Liptow, +49 (0)2233 4814 62, christin.liptow@nova-institut.de

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Led by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, this 4.5-year project aims at reducing the dependence of Europe’s oleochemical industry on imported plant oils by turning camelina and crambe into profitable, sustainable, multipurpose, non-GMO European oil crops.

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InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, aims to develop a community of public procurement practitioners interested in innovative bio-based products and services. 

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Opening new industrial routes for the production of important chemicals from renewable sources rather than traditional petrochemical sources: this, in summary, is the aim of the BIO-QED project, financed by the European Union as part of the Seventh Framework Programme, involving 10 partners from 6 European countries (Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Croatia and Spain).

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MIRACLES is an industry-driven R&D and innovation project aimed at developing integrated, multiple-product biorefinery technologies for the production of specialties from microalgae for application in food, aquaculture and non-food products.

Contact: Elke Breitmayer, +49 (0)2233 4814 57, elke.breitmayer@nova-institut.de

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The Open-Bio project aims at increasing the uptake speed of standards, labels and harmonized product information lists for bio-based products. It covers research and demonstration on direct and indirect biomass content methods, biodegradability and eco-toxicity tests. Practical solutions for stakeholders, lab and field tests on for instance sampling or capability of being recycled will be studied.

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Biomass is a natural resource of particular importance. To satisfy the needs of the world population, a more efficient and sustainable use of biomass is essential. Many experts agree that raw materials like biomass should be used several times in a cascading sequence of material uses as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, biomass should only be used energetically at the end of the materials life cycle. This principle is defined as cascading use of biomass.

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The ambition is to develop an integrated hemp-based biorefinery in which improved feedstock is subject to efficient and modular processing steps to provide fibre, oil, construction materials, fine chemicals and biofuels using all components of the harvested biomass, and generating new opportunities within the developing knowledge based bioeconomy.

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The 4-year SPLASH project will develop a new biobased industrial platform using microalgae as a renewable raw material for the sustainable production and recovery of hydrocarbons and (exo)polysaccharides from the species Botryococcus braunii and further conversion to renewable polymers.

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 - Towards Technological Innovation and Solid Foundations for a Growing Industrial Biotech Sector in Europe

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Ziel dieses Projekts ist es, Handlungsempfehlungen für die Durchführung und politische Inwertsetzung von Ökobilanzen für die stoffliche Nutzung von land- und forstwirtschaftlicher Biomasse zu erstellen. Der Fokus liegt hierbei besonders auf den methodischen Herausforderungen, die spezifisch für die Ökobilanzierung der stofflichen Biomassenutzung sind. 

Das Projekt wird durch das Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) gefördert. 
Förderungskennzeichen: 22007014

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