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Bioprocess Pilot Facility

Finite supplies of fossil fuels and raw materials, climate change issues and peak oil prices urge our society to start using renewable resources such as plant materials or agricultural waste for the production of chemicals, materials, products and fuels. By (re)using such green resources we move towards a biobased economy based on sustainable production processes.

Research & Development

However, scaling novel production processes up from laboratory scale to a larger, industrial scale currently presents a major bottleneck. The need for complex equipment to investigate scale-up issues slows down scientific as well as commercial progress. This is why the research consortium BE-Basic is developing a unique multi-purpose facility where companies, universities and knowledge institutions can investigate and learn how sustainable production processes respond to larger scales and how they can be scaled up.

Center of expertise and technology

Located in Delft, the Netherlands, the facility will be a center of expertise and technology open to researchers and students from all over the world. Both its scale and its open nature make it unique, and make the Netherlands a pioneer in the development of the biobased economy.

Cooperation

The Bioprocess Pilot Facility is funded by universities, companies, the European Union, the Dutch Ministries of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality and Economic Affairs, the Province of South Holland and the Municipalities of Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague.