FRACTION Roundtable in Denmark – The journey from research to industry

Roundtable in Denmark – The journey from research to industry – challenges and opportunities for fractionation technology in the bioeconomy

This Roundtable is the 4th in a series of 6, organised in the FRACTION project to stimulate discussions and knowledge sharing for a better uptake of the bioeconomy. The upcoming Roundtable will shed light on the challenges and opportunities that may occur when taking a new technology from research to industry. The Roundtable will take place in Denmark on June the 1st  at 10.00 – 15.30 CET. 

A key outcome of the FRACTION project is the improved catalytic pathways of the fractionation process targeted at lignocellulosic biomasses. Researchers from CSIC in Spain have achieved to improve the efficiency of the fractionation process as the use of water and GVL-solvent is significantly reduced. This achievement makes the process relevant for industry because of the attention that companies in the bio-based industries have on resource efficiency and circularity.

However, one side of the story is the good news about process efficiency, and another side is the implementation of a new process in an industrial context. The latter may prove very difficult due to issues related to scalability of the technology, connecting with existing equipment and processing, and business economics. Here to should be added customers’ perception of bio-based products; an aspect that is often under-estimated by industry.

The Roundtable in Denmark will discuss about how to overcome challenges and exploit opportunities that appear when companies in the bio-based industries are looking for new technologies. The Roundtable will feature keynote speakers from public and private organizations in the Nordic countries. Please register here by 22th May 2023.

Time June 1, at 10.00-15.30 CET
Venue Pharmakon Conference Center, Milnersvej 42, 3400 Hillerød and Teams

10.20-10.25 Introduction to the Roundtable, Karen Hamann, IFAU, Denmark and Tiina Witikkala, CLIC, Finland
10.25-10.40 What is GVL fractionation and why is this process interesting for the biobased industries. Dr. David Martin Alonso, lead researcher and coordinator of FRACTION project, CSIC, Spain
10.40-11.00 Biosolutions Zealand, a Lighthouse project to promote the biobased industry in Region Zealand. Signe Værbak, senior innovation manager, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark, Denmark

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-11.45 Lignocellulosic material as a resource to advanced biofuels and chemicals – How to make it happen. Erik C. Wormslev, Director Innovation, Climate change, Energy and Resources, NIRAS, Denmark
11.45-12.15 Lixea – the journey from lab to plant for a lignin-based biorefinery. By Dr. Florence Gschwend, CTO and Co-Founder, Lixea, United Kingdom and Sweden
12.15-12.30 Q&A Getting started – From lab to next step

12.30-13.10 LUNCH

13.10-13.35 Motivating market-pull for sustainable and biobased materials for the construction sector – the project “4 to 1 Planet”. Michael K. Rasmussen, project manager, Denmark
13.35-14.00 Company example: Biorefining of straw for high-value products. Henrik Maimann, CEO, Meliora Bio A/S, Denmark
14.00-14.10 Q&A Engaging with the market

14.10-14.30 Coffee

14.30-15.00 Strategies and pitfalls – overcoming business and financing challenges. Dr. Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen, CEO, Gate2Growth, Denmark
15.00-15.15 Q&A Towards the business case
15.15-15.30 Closing the roundtable, Karen Hamann, IFAU and Tiina Witikkala, CLIC

Read more from roundtable concept here.