The online kick-off meeting of the project BioSPRINT ‘Biorefining of sugars via Process Intensification’ was held on the 18th of June 2020. The BioSPRINT consortium consists of 13 partners from 8 European countries and is coordinated by the German non-profit professional society DECHEMA e.V. The project consortium combines researchers, technology providers, industrial actors, end-users and support organisations and provides a cross sectorial and transdisciplinary opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate and share technical knowledge and market expertise.
BioSPRINT aims at the development and validation of process intensification methods to improve purification and conversion of the hemicelluloses fraction of lignocellulosic biomass. Thus, the transformation into new bio-based resins is enabled and fossil-based polymers can be substituted. The overall goal is striving towards ‘zero-waste’ bio-based operations by concentrating on technologies which can intensify processing methods and applying an integrated biorefinery concept leading to an increased resource efficiency and thus reduction of energy resources and greenhouse gas emissions.
BioSPRINT has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 887226. The project duration is four years, until May 2024.