Biomass, residual and waste materials

Due to the limited availability of fossil raw materials there is an increasing demand in alternative resources for the chemical industry. As alternatives may serve biomass, residual and waste materials, which accumulate in many established industrial processes mainly from environmental, agriculture and food sectors. To date, these substances are not suitable for further economical valorization and deposition with costs is necessary. Here, the goal is to integrate biomass, residual and waste material streams into established facilities by developing new processes for value creation.

Bio, Electro and Chemocatalysis BioCat, Straubing branch, developes solutions in lab scale for value creation from biomass, residual and waste materials in industry. The resources are used as substrate most effectively in new manufacturing processes, while replacing existing fossil raw material based products on the one hand and generating new attractive products on the other hand. Both are successful due to development and application of modern chemical and biological catalysts and through respective modification of process parameters. Thus, new commercialization is initiated to establish sustainable industrial cycles.

Reference projects

Chitin from fishery waste as a raw material for the production of specialty chemicals – ChiBio

Project duration: November 2011 – October 2014

In the EU-fundesd project, new processes have been developed for developing the shell waste accumulating in the EU as a raw material’s source for specialty chemicals. ChiBio is adopting the approach of a biorefinery in order to use the biogenic waste material in a holistic way, in other words materially and energetically.

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LIBERATE – Lignin Biorefinery Approach using Electrochemical Flow

Project duration: October 2018 – September 2022

The aim of the LIBERATE collaborative project funded by the EU is to convert low-cost lignin feedstock into high-value and biosustainable chemicals such as vanillin or building blocks for biopolymers by electrochemical processes. For this, LIBERATE will deliver a pilot scale electrochemical plant and demonstrate a process for energy efficient conversion of lignin.

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Terpenes as building blocks for biobased polyamides – TerPa

Project duration: April 2017 – March 2020

In the BMEL/FNR funded project, new amorphous or semi-crystalline polyamides from waste of wood processing are developed for opening up new fields of application for high-performance materials.

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