BioConSepT – Integration of Bio-Conversion and Separation Technology for the production and application of platform chemicals from 2nd generation biomass

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 and fats as cheap, abundantly available feedstocks, which cannot be used as food. The main achievements expected for BioConSepT are: (1) to develop the robust enzymes and micro‑organisms suited for 2nd generation feedstocks; (2) to reduce costs by the integration of bioconversion and highly selective separation technologies; (3) to facilitate easy integration in existing production chains by deploying combinations of bio- and chemical conversions for bio‑based polymers, resins, plasticizers, solvents and surfactants and (4) by realisation of the 1st demonstration of integrated production chains from 2nd generation feedstocks to platform chemicals at industrially relevant scale. The consortium consists of 15 SMEs (suppliers of equipment, bioconversions, separation technologies and services), 10 large industrial parties (producers, end-users, engineering and consultancy companies) and 5 leading RTOs from 11 different countries.

BioConSepT – From woodchips to lipsticks: biochemicals for you, for me, for everybody!


Project information

Project titel

BioConSepT – Integration of Bio‑Conversion and Separation Technology for the production and application of platform chemicals from 2nd generation biomass


Project duration

Januar 2012 – Dezember 2015


Project partners

Research institutes: 

  • TNO - Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Netherlands (Project coordinator)
  • VITO - Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV, Belgium
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • VTT - Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus, Finland
  • LEITAT Technological Center, Spain


Industrial partners:

  • Archer Daniels Midland Europe BV, Netherlands
  • Evonik Industries AG, Germany
  • Novamont S.p.A., Italy
  • Pöyry Management Consulting Oy, Finland
  • Proviron Holding BV, Belgium
  • Rhodia, France
  • Süd-Chemie AG, Germany
  • Taminco NV, Belgium
  • Fluor, Netherlands
  • SMEs from Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Great Britain


The research leading to results in the project “BioConSepT“ receives funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 289194.