A collaborative project that deals with the biomass transformation from fields to final products was launched on March 1, 2010. About 28 partners from 14 countries are taking part in the European Multilevel Integrated Biorefinery Design for Sustainable Biomass Processing (EuroBioRef) project. This 4-year project is coordinated by CNRS, France and funding is provided through the European Union’s 7th Framework Program.
Prof. Franck Dumeignil, UCCS, France, the project coordinator, said that the EuroBioRef project will help to fill the existing gap between the chemical industry and agriculture. The entire biomass chain is integrated into an adaptable and viable commercial approach enabling a sustainable bio-based economy in Europe. By advancing innovative biomass technologies, Europe can compete successfully with global companies in the biomass sector. The project will also enable tropical countries and Europe to form fair and fruitful partnerships in this high-technology area, Dumeignil said.
To build a sustainable bio-based economy, the development of innovative technologies for bio-refinery process is vital. The EuroBioRef project aims to develop a diversified and an integrated concept including non-edible multiple feed stocks, multiple processes such as thermochemical, biochemical, and chemical, and multiple products such as chemicals and aviation fuels. The objective of the project is to integrate the biomass industry through better coordination, cooperation, and networking among a broad variety of players in this sector.
The EuroBioRef project will help to stimulate the biomass production, develop the industry as well as help to achieve biomass sustainability in Europe.