Category: Foresight, market studies and market roadmaps

BIOPEN PLATFORM

BIOPEN PLATFORM

BIOPEN is the European Open-innovation Platform that will help your companies. Support action include matchmaking among project ideas and stakeholders for joint development, funding opportunities, sharing of information and offering a semantic search engine to perform searches over millions of patents, scientific papers. Discover what BIOPEN can offer and join the BIOPEN community today!

BIOPEN perspective studies

BIOPEN perspective studies

BIOPEN aims to support collaboration and knowledge sharing in the bio-based industry and to stimulate the set-up of co-innovation partnerships for the development of new products and markets in the sector by setting up an open innovation platform capable to involve industries, research centres and universities.

The BIOPEN perspective studies is a collection of perspective studies on five bio-based value chains, covering: 1) Novel bio-polymers and oligomers for plastics (PEF, PA12), rubber, adhesives, additives, surfactants and peptides for feed applications, 2) Environmentally friendly coatings and packaging materials for food, beverages and flowers to obtain prolonged preservation and consumer protection, 3) Products and applications based on lignocellulosic feedstock, mainly wood: technical timber products with enhanced construction properties and base chemicals and building blocks for the chemical industry, 4) Drop-in and functionalized bio-aromatics: greening the conventional aromatics market and offering a portfolio of new applications, 5) Micro and macro algae for the production of specialty chemicals and high end value added products for dietary supplements, cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications.

Generic bio-based product/process value chains are conceptualised and the key enablers involved are defined. Each study follows the value chain from feedstock, it comments on the technologies and emphasizes on the market features. The document identifies weak points in the route for realizing these value chains, but also points to the strengths of EU and suggests measures and strategies to expedite the development of bio-based products at commercial scale.

Report on needs and challenges of SME companies in the bioeconomy in NW Europe

Report on needs and challenges of SME companies in the bioeconomy in NW Europe

Lack of policies related to investment and demand in the bio-based products remain large barriers to small and medium-sized enterprises working in the bioeconomy in North-West Europe. This is the conclusion of a survey carried out as part of the BioBase4SME project in 2018. The project, co-financed by InterregNWE, aimed to support SMEs in the bioeconomy with funded technical and business services, as well as training.
For the survey, bioeconomy SMEs in six countries of North-West Europe were presented with a list of barriers and asked to rate them on how they impact their business development. The SMEs were asked to rate the barrier from 1 to 5, with 5 being a barrier actively preventing business development. The questions were the same as in a survey carried out in 2014 as part of a previous project, Bio Base NWE, also co-financed by InterregNWE. This allows the two surveys to be compared and offers an insight into the progress of the bioeconomy as well as the impact of
bioeconomy policy in NW Europe.

Deliverable 2.4 – Toolkit for a Systems Analysis Framework of the EU Bioeconomy

Deliverable 2.4 – Toolkit for a Systems Analysis Framework of the EU Bioeconomy

This document is based on the contribution of all project partners. It especially builds forward on the three interim project deliverables in Work Package 2. Myrna van Leeuwen, Hans van Meijl and Edward Smeets of LEI Wageningen UR are the editors of this report. Researchers who contributed are Peter Verburg and Marleen Schouten (VUA), Stefan Bringezu and Meghan O’ Brien (WI), Hannes Böttcher and Hugo Valin (IIASA), Yannis Tsiropoulos (UU), Lauri Hetemäki, Marcus Lindner and Alexander Moiseyev (EFI), Franziska Junker and Ralf Döring (TI), and Siwa Msangi (IFPRI).

Deliverable 3.3 Final Report – Design of a systems analysis tools framework for a EU bioeconomy strategy

Deliverable 3.3 Final Report – Design of a systems analysis tools framework for a EU bioeconomy strategy

This deliverable builds on the two interim project deliverables in Work Package 3 ‘Systems analysis protocols’ and on the results of Work Package 1 ‘Scoping and definition of the systems analysis framework’ and Work Package 2 ‘Tools for evaluating and monitoring’. All SAT-BBE partners have contributed to this report.

Deliverable 3.1 – Operational relationship between analytical tools available in the framework

Deliverable 3.1 – Operational relationship between analytical tools available in the framework

This document is part of WP 3 ‘Systems analysis protocols’ of the EU FP 7 SAT-BBE project: Systems Analysis Tools Framework for the EU Bio-Based Economy Strategy.

The objective of this deliverable is to lay out the operational relationship between the various modelling tools that will support the analysis of the knowledge-based bioeconomy.

The essential elements that are needed to describe the evolution of the bioeconomy have already been laid out in the previous deliverables of the project – but this work package component will make the possible nature of the linkages between them more concrete and specific to the various modelling tools that are used within the research consortium. By describing the operational relationships between the analytical components, the possible methods for linkage, and the challenges that are faced in carrying this out – we will lay the groundwork for the actual design and implementation of a workable set of protocols.

This exercise will also serve to highlight the many complex interactions that are considered in the systems analysis tools framework developed in this project.

BIO-TIC Pragmatic recommendations for action

BIO-TIC Pragmatic recommendations for action

The BIO-TIC project comprehensively examined the innovation hurdles in industrial biotechnology (IB) across Europe and formulated action plans and recommendations to overcome them. The projects is built on three pillars: an online industrial biotech community, an assessment of biomass and sustainability in industrial biotech, and an action plan for industrial biotech in Europe.  As part of the action plan for industrial biotech three roadmaps to overcome barriers were developed: Market roadmap, R&D roadmap and Non-Technological roadmap.

Principal barrier to European industrial biotechnology development was cost-competitiveness, both compared to fossil alternatives and compared to other regions of the world. This was affected by many factors including the cost of feedstock, technology readiness levels, and the market support for bio-based products. The cost competitiveness issue was compounded by difficulties in accessing finance for large scale projects, an often low end user awareness of IB derived products and by a lack of skills and operational alliances to drive the sector forward.

This press release discusses ten pragmatic recommendations for action to tackle identified barriers and hurdles, and to ensure that most of the market potential is realised in Europe. These cover feedstock issues (improve the opportunities for feedstock producers within the bioeconomy, investigate the scope for using novel biomass), processing issues (promote the use of co-products from processing, improve the bioconversion and downstream processing steps, identify, leverage and build upon EU capabilities for pilot and demonstration facilities), investment challenges (introduce a long-term, stable and transparent policy and incentive framework to promote the bioeconomy, and improve access to finance for large-scale projects) and support for innovation more generally (develop the skills needed now and in the future for the IB industry, assess and improve public perception and awareness of IB and bio-based products, develop stronger relationships between conventional and non-conventional players).

BIO-TIC Summary of hurdles and solutions in industrial biotechnology

BIO-TIC Summary of hurdles and solutions in industrial biotechnology

The BIO-TIC project comprehensively examined the innovation hurdles in industrial biotechnology (IB) across Europe and formulated action plans and recommendations to overcome them. The projects is built on three pillars: an online industrial biotech community, an assessment of biomass and sustainability in industrial biotech, and an action plan for industrial biotech in Europe.  As part of the action plan for industrial biotech three roadmaps to overcome barriers were developed: Market roadmap, R&D roadmap and Non-Technological roadmap.

This document provides a concise overview of main hurdles and solutions collected during the multi-stakeholders iterative process. Presented solutions are discussed in more depth within either the BIO-TIC R&D roadmap or the BIO-TIC non-technological roadmap.