Today’s chemical industry is, to a large extent, dependent on fossil resources. These resources are not only finite but using them also contributes significantly to global warming. Highly ranked on society’s list of priorities is, therefore, finding alternatives to fossil raw materials.
BioBUF is a five-year project where researchers, together with industry, investigate new opportunities to use renewable domestic resources to produce bulk and fine chemicals. The renewable resources in focus are forestry residues and microalgae.
In BioBUF, the holistic perspective is important. Therefore, the project not only assesses the specific technologies needed to convert the biomass to demanded products. It also investigates possible process layouts for full-scale implementation as well as integration with existing industry in order to achieve maximal economic as well as environmental benefits.
The BioBuF project consortium organised one of the workshops, entitled “Future Biorefineries from raw materials to bio-products: development and analysis” at EUBCE 2017, which took place in Stockholm from June 12th to June 15th, 2017. The EUBCE covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, to network, and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations, the vision is to educate the biomass community and to accelerate growth. The EUBCE gathers participants from industry, academia as well as from the public sector and public authorities.read more
At the International Science Festival in Gothenburg (Vetenskapsfestivalen), the BioBuF project held a session focused on biorefineries and the research done within the project.
The products we use in our everyday life, such as fuels, chemicals and materials, are made from a variety of raw materials, but in many cases they are made from the refining of oil or other non-renewable, fossil, resources. However, if these non-renewable resources could be replaced by biological resources in the production of a product, for instance bio-plastics, the product’s environmental impact could hopefully be reduced.read more