New €6.2 million project to help European SME’s drive growth in the bio-based economy

The European Commission has launched a new three-year project “Bio Base NWE” to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE).

The €6.2 million project will work mainly with SME’s to help facilitate innovation and business development in bio-based technologies. Bio Base NWE will also provide training and education to help tackle the shortage of skilled professionals in North West Europe’s bio-based industries.

The Bio Base NWE partnership includes organisations from five different countries.

The Bio Base NWE network, representing many leading bio-based economy experts, will advise SME’s from across North West Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products. SME’s can get financial support to demonstrate innovative bio-based technologies at an independent, state-of–the-art demonstration facility in Ghent, Belgium. This flexible pilot plant will selectively invest in equipment for promising technologies to promote further growth. The partnership will also develop and deliver programmes and tools for training skilled professionals for bio-based industries. 

North West Europe is in an excellent position to take a leading role in the emerging bio-based economy. The region is home to a number of prominent research institutes in this field and has a leading chemical industry, including a strong representation of SME’s which can provide a springboard for future development.

For more information, comment or interview requests about BioBase NWE, please contact: Dr Lieve Hoflack, tel: +32 (0)9 335 70 01, e-mail: lieve.hoflack@bbeu.org, www.BioBaseNWE.org

The European Commission has launched a new three-year project “Bio Base NWE” to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (NWE).

The €6.2 million project will work mainly with SME’s to help facilitate innovation and business development in bio-based technologies. Bio Base NWE will also provide training and education to help tackle the shortage of skilled professionals in North West Europe’s bio-based industries.

The Bio Base NWE partnership includes organisations from five different countries.

The Bio Base NWE network, representing many leading bio-based economy experts, will advise SME’s from across North West Europe on how to develop new ideas into marketable products. SME’s can get financial support to demonstrate innovative bio-based technologies at an independent, state-of–the-art demonstration facility in Ghent, Belgium. This flexible pilot plant will selectively invest in equipment for promising technologies to promote further growth. The partnership will also develop and deliver programmes and tools for training skilled professionals for bio-based industries. 

North West Europe is in an excellent position to take a leading role in the emerging bio-based economy. The region is home to a number of prominent research institutes in this field and has a leading chemical industry, including a strong representation of SME’s which can provide a springboard for future development.

The Bio Base NWE partners are:

           Bio Base Europe international non-profit organisation (BE)

           Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE)

           Ghent Bio-Energy Valley (BE)

           Bio Base Europe Training Center (NL)

           REWIN/Biobased Innovations (NL)

           Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie (DE)

           National University of Ireland, Galway, Competence Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (IRL)

           National Non-Food Crops Centre (UK)

 

For more information, comment or interview requests about BioBase NWE, please contact: Dr Lieve Hoflack, tel: +32 (0)9 335 70 01, e-mail: lieve.hoflack@bbeu.org, www.BioBaseNWE.org.

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