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BE-Basic newsletter -  April 2015 

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the BE-Basic partnerships. During our annual symposium, we took a look at our accomplishments and a selection of our start-ups so far. The next step we now focus on, is achieving the implementation of the biobased economy on a larger scale!

Topics in this newsletter:

BIO World Congress, 19-22 July in Montreal

BE-Basic coordinates the Holland Biotech Pavilion at the upcoming BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology! Together with a delegation of Dutch companies, we will represent Dutch knowledge and expertise in the fields of industrial biotechnology and biochemistry. The congress is the world's largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers. Companies that want to join the delegation are welcome to subscribe. Contact us at +31(0)15 278 27 36, or send an e-mail. More information can also be found on the 
BIO Congress website. 

SCOPE report: 'Land availability is no limiting factor'

On 14 April 2015, the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) launched its report on Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps. The report is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries. It concludes that land availability is not a limiting factor and that bioenergy can contribute to sustainable energy supplies even with increasing food demands, preservation of forests, protected lands, and rising urbanisation. Click here for more information about the report

MoU signed by BE-Basic, Biobased Delta, Biobased Delta ZH and EemsdeltaGreen

During the Biobased Industry Congress in Delft on 9 April 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by BE-Basic, Biobased Delta, Biobased Delta ZH and EemsdeltaGreen. The aim of the collaborations is to build the necessary infrastructure for new large scale biomass processing chains in the Netherlands. BE-Basic will support the project plans through its RD&I programming. For more information, click here (article in Dutch), or contact us.

Subsidies available for Biobased Economy projects 

Starting from the 1st of April 2015, subsidies are made available by Topsector Energie for Biobased Economy projects. There is an open tender for projects, which will close on the 15th of September 2015. More information can be found here on the TKI BBE website (in Dutch). In case you would like more advice about your project proposal, you can also contact BE-Basic.

Successful opening Bioprocess Pilot Facility on March 19, 2015

The director of the Bioprocess Pilot Facility (BPF), Hans van Leeuwen, together with shareholders and governmental institutions, started the first pretreatment of woodchips in the newly build pretreatment pilot plant. This extension of the BPF makes it a unique open access facility for scale up of sustainable production processes. The foundation of the BPF was initiated by BE-Basic.
Also, congratulations to the Innovation Voucher winners at the BPF opening: DAB (partner of BE-Basic), Photanol and Pectcof! Click here for the full press release.  

BE-Basic Foundation celebrates 10th year anniversary

On March 31 and April 1, BE-Basic Foundation celebrated its tenth anniversary during the annual symposium with several guest speakers (i.e. Erick Fernandes from World Bank and Sean Simpson from LanzaTech) and 250 participants in conference centre Leeuwenhorst in Noordwijkerhout. Again, thank you everyone who contributed to the event! And congratulatons to Youri van Nuland and Willem Dijkman, for winning the Poster Pitch and the Poster Award! During the symposium, BE-Basic launched its Annual Report 2014 video:
BE-Basic Annual Report 2014 video

Important dates

  • 15-19 June 2015 Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels
  • 19-22 July 2015 BIO World Congress in Montreal
  • 11 Sept. 2015 Deadline Abstract Submission ECO-BIO 
  • 6-9 March 2016 ECO-BIO in Rotterdam
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