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24.10.2006 » Pressrelease » Solar Energy
Renewable Raw Materials - New Opportunities for the Energy and Chemical Industries
Limited resources and the continuously rising price of crude oil are leading to an increasing need for alternative resources for fuels, energy as well as for chemical processes. This inevitable reorientation from fossil raw materials to renewable resources will be one of the biggest challenges in the future.
In this context, new biological and chemical processes will play a major role in the conversion of renewable raw materials from different kinds of plants and biomass to new materials, chemicals or biofuels. Numerous opportunities for new businesses and collaborations are emerging as the usage of renewable raw materials is increasing.
There is for example a need for breeding technologies to develop tailor-made plants or for cheap fermentation processes enzymes that make cellulose resources accessible. There is also a need to expand the raw materials base to other sources of biomass such as wood or organic waste.
A biobased economy will be accompanied not only by a vast requirement for new technologies but also by huge investments and changes in the traditional value chain. In the future, products from a biobased industry, e.g. bioethanol, will be available as a standard and at competitive prices. By-products such as glycerine from biodiesel production could also be used for new chemical processes.
In a biobased industry, numerous opportunities for new integrated production chains will appear and new partnerships for cooperation will be necessary. In particular, traditional chemical sites have the opportunity for an early re-orientation to a production network based on renewable resources.
In the Bavarian Chemical Triangle region for example, some companies have already implemented processes on the basis of renewable resources. At the Degussa site in Schalchen, the establishment of a new bioenergy park with biodiesel and bioethanol production is planned. This facility could become a future nucleus for the development of subsequent process steps for the usage of renewable resources in the region.
On this basis, Bayern Innovativ is organising the Cooperation Forum ‘Renewable Raw Materials - Potential for Energy and Chemistry’. The forum will bring partners together from the chemical and energy industry and from biotech and agriculture as well as scientific institutes and investors to discuss new opportunities for future projects using renewable resources. Focuses include plant breeding, novel enzyme technology, bio- and chemo-conversion of biomass as well as novel biomaterial development and processing.
Bayern Innovativ GmbH
Dr. Matthias Konrad
Phone: +49 (0) 911-20671-148