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Subject:Bioeconomy-related H2020 project BioSPRINT gets its way started towards intensified biorefinery operations!

On the 18th of June 2020, the BioSPRINT project ‘Biorefining of sugars via Process Intensification’ held its online kick-off meeting.  This new Research & Innovation Action, funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), is coordinated by Mr. Andreas Scharf representing Dechema, the expert network for chemical engineering and biotechnology in Germany. 

Ms Elena Tsangaridi and Mr. Christos Skoufis, R&D Project Managers, represented eBOS Technologies at the meeting which brought together the project’s 13 partners from 8 European countries. The BioSPRINT consortium combines researchers, technology providers, industrial actors, end-users and support organisations and provides a cross sectorial and transdisciplinary opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate and share technical knowledge and market expertise. The kick-off meeting was the opportunity to introduce the project partners involved and confirm their operational capacities, knowledge, and experience. The discussion mainly focused on general issues and project procedures. It was attended by the European Commission’s Project Officer Mrs Luisa Mascia.

BioSPRINT is geared towards improving biorefinery operations through process intensification and new end products. It will last 4 years and conclude in May 2024. At the core of its concept, it applies the methodology of process intensification in the context of biorefining operations, so as to improve the efficiency of the purification and conversion of sugars from the hemicelluloses fraction of lignocellulosic biomass and, thus, enable their transformation into new bio-based resins for substituting fossil-based polymers in a range of applications. 

The scientific research and research work undertaken as part of BioSPRINT will focus on 4 activity areas:

  1. Upstream purification; 
  2. Catalytic conversion; 
  3. Downstream purification; 
  4. Polymerisation.

Ultimately, the project inserts itself into pan-European efforts towards the growth of a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry providing jobs and growth that contribute to a circular bio-society. Together with the Bio-based Industries consortium, it shares the vision of climate-neutral industry operations where fossil-based products are replaced by efficiently produced bio-based products that contribute to mitigating climate change.

The BioSPRINT project complements the portfolio of eBOS R&D projects, whose application domains now include Clean & Secure Energy, the Environment, Resource efficiency, the Bioeconomy and Raw materials. In BioSPRINT, eBOS’ role is focused on leveraging ICT and related technologies that can make producing and managing bio-resources more efficient, improve information exchange along the value chain, and help increase productivity as well as resource and energy efficiency. eBOS will provide expertise mainly in the areas of Interactive dashboards, Data Visualisation & Data analytics, Quality Assurance and Risk Assessment, as well as Open-standards APIs development, application integration and interoperability. Updates and news will be frequently posted on the project’s website during the course of the project. Until the official website launch, the project’s factsheet is available on CORDIS website  

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 887226.