9 at BiobasedWorld at ACHEMA – the green thread of the bioeconomy Today biobased processes can be found in all areas of life, often without the consumer being aware of it. Visitors to ACHEMA cannot fail to be aware of this, since BiobasedWorld weaves through ACHEMA like a green thread, making the bioeconomy tangible. Renewable resources are the future, and many branches of industry are already using them as an alternative to oil, and not only as fuel. In terms of quantity, bioethanol in petrol and, more recently, in aviation fuel ranks among the most important products of the bioeconomy. The list of products produced on the basis of renewable sources is, however, substantially longer and is steadily increasing; it spans such diverse commodities as construction materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, lubricants, textiles and fi ne chemicals. Positioned at the interface between the process industry and biotechnology, ACHEMA is part of the bioeconomy and vice versa. As the forum for new trends and developments, it offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and know-how across disciplines and borders. The exhibition showcases the complete spectrum of processes, technologies and services related to biomass processing, the production of biobased chemicals and biofuels, and biorefi nery design. The management of renewable resources is knowledge-based, it thrives on innovations from biotechnological research. The ACHEMA Congress is dedicating 14 lecture series to Biobased World, which will shed light on the current state-of-theart. Biorefi nery concepts will be presented, as will novel biocatalysts. Another focus will highlight bioprocesses, from modeling to reactor design, process monitoring and product processing, through to special and bulk chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients and biogenic fuels. With Horizon 2020 the European Commission has launched its most comprehensive innovation programme ever. From 2014 to 2020, 80 billion euros of funding will be available; this calls for a strategic vision. During the Bioeconomy Day on 18 June (CMF, Room Harmonie 3) experts will discuss the status of the biobased economy in Europe: “EU bioeconomy and Horizon 2020 revisited: How far have we come since ACHEMA 2012?” What is the situation in the different EU member states? What sustainability criteria must be complied with? What fresh momentum will the funding programme trigger? These are just a few of the issues that experts from industry, associations and the European Commission will address. 17 June will see the presentation of the Integrated Roadmap Automation 2025+ “Industrial Biotechnology”, compiled by the Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung (Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment) on behalf of ZVEI. The study identifi es the drivers and inhibitors affecting the use of biomass for chemicals and elucidates the prospects of a biobased chemical industry (see congress programme, page 28). An exhibition in the foyer of Hall 4.1 brings home the fact that biobased products are part and parcel of our everyday lives. What the future may hold in store can be viewed in the Bioeconomy Window in the Galleria. From there, a variety of renewable crops along the Via Mobile make the green thread of the bioeconomy tangible.
ACHEMA 2015 Programme
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