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Expected results and outcome of Bio4Bio

The Bio4Bio Centre contributes to the security of food and energy supply with its clear focus on 2nd generation technologies using lignocellulosic biomass. Furthermore it supports a unique opportunity for Danish industry to establish a global market and technology lead within 2nd generation bioenergy technologies.

The results from the research within Bio4Bio will advance technologies for biomass
conversion as well as provide knowledge on how biomass structure, feedstock, enzymes & proteins, pretreatment and fermentation are interdependent in the processing of biomass for energy. Bio4Bio is expected to boost Danish research and industry by:

Improving conversion efficiency

  • Identification of molecular- and macro-scale structural characteristics in the biomass responsible for conversion efficiency.
  • Screen and characterize new proteins and enzymes capable of deconstructing remaining cell wall structures.
     
  • Linking lab- and pilot-scale pre-treatment processing and fermentation efficiency to biomass structure and composition.

Enhancing biomass feedstock

  • Layout the fundamental technical parameters for a biomass and feed crop ideotype1.
     
  • Couple genes responsible for relevant characteristics to biomass phenotypes.
     
  • Transform biomass composition for enhanced conversion.

Enhancing environmental sustainability and reducing impact
on food production

  • Assessing and evaluating the different technology and feedstock options based on an ecosystem services and life cycle analysis approach.

Innovative value and impact

The approach and concept of the Centre provides a yet unexplored focus on a parallel development of biomass and proteins to high value energy carriers. This will build knowledge for new industrial technologies building on the interplay between biomass and proteins during the conversion processes. The technology development is relevant not only in the short term for sustainable conversion of biomass to energy carriers, but also in the medium term for the use of lignocellulosic biomass as feedstock for the chemical industry.

Commercial outcome

The commercial outcome will be in the form of optimized processing, new protein tools and potentially new biomass feedstocks, all of which are within the core areas of the participating commercial partners.