Annual meeting has concluded

At this year’s annual meeting the theme was “Industrial Perspectives”.  With intent on focusing on how all the work done in the BioValue platform could find industrial application or relevance.
Therefore many different stakeholders were present, from the PhD-students and Post Docs to industry leading companies. The first, with a focus on showcasing the business perspective of their research and the latter with their focus on strategy, for either their protein bio-refinement or exploitation of the lignocellulosic material for their respective businesses.

Day 1:

After an informal lunch the annual meeting was opened with welcoming notes by platform coordinator Jan K. Schjørring.

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Next up both Johan Mogensen, Novozymes, chairman of the board and platform manager Jane Lindedam painted a clear picture of the future in biorefinery and where BioValue as a platform was heading.

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In the three years since kick-off BioValue is progressing towards its goal of ensuring that Danish companies and research institutions are global technology leaders in conversion of biomass into commercially competitive and sustainable products. With the main objectives being:

  • Delivering novel knowledge based on scientific excellence
  • Demonstrating sustainable competitive large-scale upgrading of biomass
  • Developing core technologies

It was a pleased platform manager stating that all projects are delivering on these objectives.

The recently completed midterm reflections revealed that biorefinery as a societal challenge calls for complex structures to focus on complete value chains. This will allow and require bridging between different technology sectors, while having in-depth research and innovation organized in clearly defined projects. BioValue has experienced a market demand to maintain focus on core technologies for processing yellow biomass while investing in validation for a sustainable protein source. Last but not least it is evident that there is a continuously need for flexibility in funds and structure to handle changes in partners and new project ideas. With the above mentioned objectives and lessons in mind, a roadmap for BioValue’s completion in 2018 is clear. As all projects continue, the integration of value chains is very much in focus. BioValue’s projects will work together to build two demonstration cases based on the value chains of yellow and green biomass. There will be an increased focus on technology innovation and reaching technology suppliers and end users. The innovation-pool will be opened and not only limited to SMEs.

The BioValue platform still faces challenges to reach the commercial potentials but the optimism in the biorefinery agenda is fully intact as is the trust in the platform’s strategic effect with maturation.

The next two hours had been set aside for the presentation of the research and innovation conducted in the different projects. Focusing again on the industrial perspective of the results there was ample input from the various industry partners.

dsc_0048 This carried well over to the young researchers pinning up their posters so that everyone in attendance could ask questions about the specific research. Many used their breaks discussing these posters, which lead to a broader perspective on the research and provided opportunities for closer contact between the academic and industry partners.

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As inspiration to the theme ”Protein and value-adding refinement” industrial partner Arla Foods Ingredients presented their case of producing an array of high-value products from whey – formerly regarded as a low value by-product stream. Also, an update on project 2’s upcoming large scale feeding trial and protein activities spurred by an SME-project was given by the Saponin Innovation Center Europe.

After a well-deserved dinner the protein-theme continued with presentations from DLG and KMC focusing on the perspectives of feed and food protein in the future.

The evening was then concluded with bowling for those who wished to join. Reports say that the BioValue participants had some interesting but very effective bowling techniques.

Day 2:

The second day kicked off with a brief recap of the key points from the day before and headed into theme two: Exploiting Lignocellulosic Material.

In this theme talks from SEGES, Novozymes and Haldor Topsøe focused on perspectives in utilization of straw, the business development side of 1G/2G bioethanol, and Topsøe’s approach to bio-based chemicals, respectively.

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DSE Test Solutions included us in their promising results for the In-line dry matter measurement unit and floor discussions were opened on how to complete the demonstration cases of both yellow and green biomass value chains. The SeSE project concluded the internal part of the program by describing the models they have developed for assessing socioeconomics, sustainability and ethics in biorefining scenarios.

The final presentation was from Maabjerg Energy Concept (MEC), delivering a status on the project and dealing with certain what-if scenarios.

Thank you

All in all there was a lot to take in over the two day period that the annual meeting spanned across. This year’s focus on the industrial perspective seemed to be well received and a lot of fruitful discussions and dialog transpired.   

Below you can find the pictures that were taken during the two days. Feel free to save the ones you want, or contact us if you would like some of them in full resolution.

We thank all in attendance for their contributions to this year’s annual meeting. We hope you all had an informative and inspiring annual meeting and we hope to see you again next year.

Presentations are available to partners in the BioValue Collaboration Agreement. Please contact platform manager Jane Lindedam

Gallery for the 2016 BioValue annual meeting: