Biorefineries are boosting the bio-based industries across Europe

Flagship Biorefineries

Since 2014, Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has funded 11 flagship biorefineries in Europe,  leveraging €1.3 billion in private investments to support the design and construction of the biorefineries, creating 3,500 new direct jobs and 10,000 indirect ones. Projects that have received funding include FARMŸNG, Exilva Cellulose Fibrils, First2Run, AgriChemWhey, PEFerence, AFTER-BIOCHEM, SWEETWOODS, Plenitude, Resolute, abacus, and Lignoflag.

 

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Biorefinery

What is a biorefinery?

A biorefinery is a refinery that converts biomass to energy and other beneficial byproducts (such as chemicals). The International Energy Agency defined biorefining as “the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of bio-based products (food, feed, chemicals, materials) and bioenergy (biofuels, power and/or heat)”. As refineries, biorefineries can provide multiple chemicals by fractioning an initial raw material (biomass) into multiple intermediates (carbohydrates, proteins, triglycerides) that can be further converted into value-added products. Each refining phase is also referred to as a “cascading phase”. The use of biomass as feedstock can provide a benefit by reducing the impacts on the environment, as lower pollutants emissions and reduction in the emissions of hazard products.

 

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IFF Merges With DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences Business

Combined company to operate under the name of IFF

The previously announced merger of IFF and DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences will be completed. The combined company will continue to operate under the name IFF. The combined company’s global reach and enhanced capabilities will enable the creation of innovative solutions to respond to customer demands and increasing consumer preferences for natural, healthier and “better for you” products.

 

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Braskem invests 61 mio US$ in biobased ethylene

Biobased ethylene capacity

Braskem is expanding its production capacity of green ethylene, the main feedstock derived from sugarcane ethanol. Bioethanol is used in the production of renewable resins, such as polyethylene and ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA). These materials can claim to capture CO2. This raw material is produced at the company’s plant in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul. The plant’s capacity will be increased to 260 kton/year. Ten years ago Braskem started with 200 kt capacity for biobased polyethylene.This was complemented by EVA production in 2018.

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Crop Trader ADM Invests Money Into Firm Making Meat Out of Air

ADM Ventures invests in Air Protein

ADM Ventures, the venture capital arm of ADM  is pouring money into a start-up making meat from elements of the air. The California-based company Air Protein combines carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen with water and minerals in a probiotic production process that converts the elements into nutrients. ADM one of the world’s largest agricultural commodity traders.

 

     

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DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Partners with Kemira

Enzymatic polymerization-based polysaccharide platform technology

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences and Kemira announced an exclusive partnership for the development and commercialization of DuPont’s enzymatic polymerization-based polysaccharide platform technology. The collaboration will bring new, biobased and inherently biodegradable product lines to Kemira’s strategic markets.

 

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Genomatica to scale bio-nylon 50-fold with Acquafil

Demonstration scale facility

Clean manufacturing leader Genomatica signed a deal with Aquafil to build a demonstration scale facility to produce 100% renewable nylon-6. Responding to surging consumer interest in sustainable products, the material will go to leading global brands eager to explore and develop renewable products. The deal is a 50-fold expansion over previous production levels and represents significant acceleration toward commercializing renewably-sourced nylon-6 — a material that is poised to reshape a $960 billion textile industry, Genomatica CEO Christophe Shilling says.

 

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DSM announces integrated portfolio for plant-based meat alternatives

Ingredients for plant-based meat

Royal DSM now offers a complete portfolio of integrated solutions for creating plant-based meat alternatives. The range is designed to enhance taste, texture and nutritional value, while also managing sodium content in meat alternative applications. Featuring a selection of yeast extracts, process flavors, hydrocolloids and nutritional ingredients, DSM’s full portfolio provides food producers with the tools they need to get to this thriving market fast, and meet growing consumer demand.

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Marine Microalgae

What are microalgae?

Microalgae have been used as biofactories commercially because they present a promising source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are found in animals, plants, fungi and many microorganisms. Because they are typically extracted from fatty fish, they put additional pressures on global fish stocks. As primary producers, many marine microalgae are rich in EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids, for instance.  Also, a strong interest in has emerged in recent years as microalgae are being developed as biofuel crops. 

 

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White Biotechnology

What is white biotechnology?

White biotechnology, or industrial biotechnology is using living cells—from yeast, moulds, bacteria and plants—and enzymes to produce a variety of industrial products. Well know examples are citric acid, lactic acid or ethanol, but nowadays en endless list of of products is in development or already produced fermentatively. For instance, the US company Genomatica has developed technology for the fermentative manufacturing of 1,4-butanediol and is developing technology for the manufacturing of caprolactam, the monomer used for nylon production. In another example, the French company Global Bioenergies is developing technologies for the fermentative production of isobutene. Even polymers can be fermentatively produced, for instance PHA’s, while enzymes used in a variety of applications are also fermentatively produced.

 

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