Overseas market access
We have been part of several international projects, our expertise range from project management, communication and dissemination support to accessing our research and development expertise and equipment.
Access to equipment and expertise
We are a partner in two Hydrogen BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) Innovation Programme projects which has been funded by the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) that have been awarded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The first project; Utilisation of Biorefinery Residues for Blue Hydrogen Production will look at the growing use of biofuels produced through fermentation and digesters. We will work with the other project partners to produce hydrogen through gasification of digester sludges and focus on cost effective treatment of bio-refinery waste for use as a gasifier feedstock, which will also have process efficiency benefits. The project is led by the University of Hull, other partners include Aston University, Jesmond Engineering and Teesside University.
For the second project, H2-Boost we are responsible for the project management. This project aims to produce biohydrogen for the UK transport sector in an environmentally sustainable and commercially viable manner. Led by the University of Leeds, other partners include Greenthread Solutions, NNFCC and Aardvark EM.
We are the communication, dissemination and work package leader for AgriLoop. A €7.8 million international collaboration between 35 European and Chinese partners to push the frontier of circular agriculture by converting residues into novel economic, social and environmental opportunities for the food and farming sectors. As the UK is no longer part of the EU we have accessed the UKRI Guarantee Scheme for this project.
Agrimax was a five-year, €12 million EU-funded project with 29 partners which built two ground-breaking pilot plant facilities in Spain and Italy. We were the communication and dissemination partner, the project successfully demonstrated how unavoidable crop and food-processing waste can be turned into multiple, high-value bio-based products for the food-ingredients, food-packaging and farming sectors.
We were the project management partner for the Newton Babba project which brought UK and India scientists together to take a major by-product of the sugarcane industry and turn it into the valuable bio-based chemical, citric acid. This £1.8 million project, sponsored by the Newton Bhabha Fund, brought together academics along with UK and Indian companies to work in partnership to reduce industrial waste and generate innovation in industrial biotechnology. Our technical role was to bring the whole process together and test at a larger scale using our state-of-the-art facilities. The Newton-Bhabha Fund is a programme funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, both part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as well as the Department for Biotechnology (DBT) India.
We have shown in the Newton Babba project that we can use the sugars from this waste product to produce citric acid. This versatile chemical has applications in a number of different sectors, such as food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and so on, because it’s generally regarded as safe and a material that can be eaten. Dr Deborah Rathbone, Bioscience Innovation Team Leader, BDC
Case study highlight
UK-India collaboration successfully tackles industrial waste from sugarcane processing in India
Scientists in the UK and India have successfully come together to take a major by-product of the sugarcane industry and turn it into the valuable bio-based chemical, citric acid. This £1.8 million project, sponsored by the Newton Bhabha Fund, brought together academics along with UK and Indian companies to work in partnership to reduce industrial waste and generate innovation in industrial biotechnology.
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We work with bio-based businesses and projects to increase awareness of their products, processes or project.
Entrepreneurial skills development
If you are an entrepreneur or a start-up in the bioeconomy, we can help you develop and commercialise your product or process.
Laboratory and office access
We have state-of-the-art research and development biorefinery, pilot scale laboratory facilities and flexible office space available for hire.
We add value through market research activity, new and existing product or customer discovery research.
Overseas markets access
We have been part of several international projects, our expertise range from project management, communication and dissemination support to accessing our research and development knowledge and equipment.
We have a vast amount of experience in managing national and international projects as well smaller one to one projects for our pre-funded support programmes aimed at regional SMEs.
As part of responsible research and innovation, we actively encourage our academic, industry partners and clients to examine the associated processes, including intellectual property as well as understanding the appropriate regulatory environment.
Valorisation options appraisal
Bio-based materials including various types of waste, can be assessed to determine how they can be used to produce valuable products.