BoostLab1: From local renewable raw materials to valuable materials and materials science valorization
BoostLab1 covers a central area of Bio4MatPro: In the light of moving from fossil-based resources to renewable raw materials, industry needs new raw materials and routes to produce intermediates for existing and novel polymers and active ingredients. Furthermore, it is necessary to provide the latter with diverse functional properties. In BoostLab1, eight subprojects, BoostLab1-1 to BoostLab1-8, address different value chains from local, renewable raw materials, which - in the sense of the economic and structural program - contribute to accelerate the change from fossil-based resources to renewable raw materials in the Model Region Bioeconomy in the Rheinisches Revier.
The subprojects aim not only to simply replace fossil raw materials, but also to create new, future-oriented intermediates and recyclable polymers/materials through the associated know-how. The latter either contribute new functionalities themselves or can generate new functions in existing polymer applications.
Together with other biomass projects in the model region, this biological transformation thus creates a molecular and material science basis for developing high-quality products for a sustainable use of local renewable raw materials. Five of the eight subprojects are coordinated by companies in a way that enables industrial applications and the expansion of the business models of these companies.
Due to the broad and locally available resources and the many further projects in the Rhenish Revier, it is to be expected that a large number of new application fields for molecules/polymers/materials originating from renewable raw materials will be developed in a sustainable circular economy. These developed processes/products will both expand business models and promote new business models as well as company start-ups with the involvement of venture capital, which will be made available to further industries in the Launch Center "start-up factory with scalable and biocompatible production processes" planned in the second Bio4MatPro phase from the year 2026 until 2031.
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