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.
A green fresh water algae will now take up the fight with marigolds; but not to embellish the flower beds, but to produce a compound not many have given thought to, the orange carotenoid lutein. Lutein is used both in food supplements, animal feed and cosmetics – and...read more
Phosphorus is needed for growing crops, but is also a finite mineral resource. The increasing interest for microalgae production means that yet another activity will compete for available phosphorus. BioBUF researcher Joshua Mayers, presented a possible solution at...read more