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.
The process of making these new products, be they food, chemicals or fuels, can be described as biorefining. Here, Sweden has a great position to take the global lead in the development of biorefineries with its abundant natural resources, excellent research and industrial infrastructure. The BioBuF project is part of this process.
In a series of talks, BioBuF researchers introduced the biorefinery concept and also covered some of the key issues the different research groups within the project are investigating. Topics addressed during the session included: Enzymes and biorefinery; Microorganisms: small but efficient factories in the biorefinery; Nylon from the forest, how can that be? Algae: green slime or food? Does cutting trees for plastic help the planet?
Text: Veronica Saez Jimenez
This popular scientific session was held May 10, 2017 and was open to the general public who wanted to know more about biorefineries and their future possibilities.