Success story overview

18 December 2017

A consortium made up of companies, research institutes and consultants has embarked upon an ambitious flagship project to introduce a plant-based cellulose ten-times as strong as steel into widespread use that could one day replace fossil fuel-based alternatives.

BBI JU Exilva project: Maximising the commercial potential of super-strong microfibrillated cellulose
21 November 2017

One of the many joys about writing about the business of bio-based is learning more about the varied uses of feedstock. Before speaking to Gerald van Engelen and Harry Raaijmakers of agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun, who head up the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertakings (BBI JU’s) demonstration project, PULP2VALUE, I would have said that sugar beet pulp, when added to hay, was a great winter feedstock for horses, but would have struggled to name other uses.

BBI JU PULP2VALUE project: Extracting high value products from sugar beet pulp
10 October 2017

The straw leftover from harvested wheat could be turned into bio-based chemicals that offer high greenhouse gas savings and do not compete with food supplies or damage ecosystems. The BBI JU OPTISOCHEM project is creating bio-isobutene with it.

OPTISOCHEM is a BBI JU project converting wheat straw into bio-based chemicals.
06 October 2017

The BBI JU's project, First2Run, uses marginal land and hardy native plants to produce valuable chemicals for the possible manufacture of a range of products including cosmetics and bioplastics. The goal is to harness the potential of local areas and build a sustainable, profitable and job-creating value chain.

Creating value from stony ground

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