Oilseeds biorefinery

Oilseeds biorefinery

The oilseeds biorefinery at Fraunhofer CBP aims at the development and optimization of alternative methods for the processing of oilseeds. New processes will enable the holistic utilization of raw materials and provide higher quality product fractions compared to conventional industrial processing. In addition to the production of high-quality vegetable oils, the processing of protein-rich fractions in particular contributes to increasing the value chain. In addition, alternative extraction processes are used to extract other valuable plant ingredients from oilseeds.

At Fraunhofer CBP, new processes for processing oilseeds are being transferred from laboratory to pilot scale. Various facilities are available at the site for this purpose. From 2020, the pilot plants for peeling and ethanol extraction of rapeseed will be put into operation. A rapeseed biorefinery will be used to demonstrate a new process from seed peeling and subsequent disruption to the processing of valuable vegetable product fractions.

The flexible design of the pilot plants makes it possible to test and optimise various methods for processing oilseeds. The focus is on the future integration of alternative oilseed processing lines into the existing infrastructure of existing oil mills. The development of novel processes will not only lead to new products but also to the potential for worldwide marketing of innovative processes and plants.

Reference projects


EthaNa® – Piloting the Ethanolic Native Extraction of Peeled Rapeseed

The aim is to set up a pilot plant at CBP and to demonstrate the entire process from the peeling of rapeseed and the subsequent digestion to obtaining the oil from the rapeseed kernels.


DaerPa – Ecological insulation material made from rapeseed hulls and biobased epoxy resin

When dehulling oilseeds, the hulls accumulate as a by-product that has not yet been further utilized. In the DaeRpa project funded by the state of Saxony-Anhalt, an innovative approach to using rapeseed hulls as an insulating material is being investigated. To this end, the rapeseed hulls are to be covered with a biobased coating to improve their physical and microbial stability as well as their flame-retardant effect.