The BioBIGG project aims at mobilizing the innovation potential related to unutilised and new biological resources, especially by-products and residuals along the agro-industrial value chains in the South Baltic Area. The project hereby seeks to strengthen the small and medium-size enterprises (SME) innovation capacity by the means of cross-border knowledge transfer, advisory activities and innovation activities for preparation of piloting and investments.
Bioeconomy is the production and utilisation of biological resources, innovative biological processes and principles to provide sustainably produced food and industrial goods and energy. Bioeconomy can be described as the next economic development wave shaping the post-fossil society. Thus the bioeconomy and its biological resources represent a unique platform for innovation efforts and business opportunities. In many countries SMEs are key drivers of biomass-based innovation. Yet there is a lack of innovation capacity and a need to empower the SMEs to participate in bioeconomy development in the South Baltic Area. The materials deriving from the agro-industrial value chains can be converted into a variety of food, non-food products and energy. Emerging from the biomass resources, the enterprises and the production systems in the participating regions concrete proposals for biomass-based products and production processes will be identified and developed, and existing and new knowledge will be transferred between the regions and disseminated to SMEs and other actors in the bioeconomy business eco-systems. Based on the interaction with the SMEs and other stakeholders the project will provide new knowledge and concrete solutions for innovative products, processes and business opportunities. The development of innovative products and modified production processes aim at better resource management eventually decreasing the amount of non-recycled waste from production processes, and therefore decreasing pollution discharges in the area.
Founding: The project is financed by the European Union within the Saouith Baltic Area Interreg framework.
Duration of the project: 2017-2020
Homepage of the project: https://biobigg.ruc.dk/
Project Leader: Thomas Prade (for the SLU contribution; lead partner: Roskilde University)
Other SLU contributors: Sven-Erik Svensson, Bill Newson and Eva Johansson