European research project for developing biochemicals from renewable sources.
Opening new industrial routes for the production of important chemicals from renewable sources rather than traditional petrochemical sources: this, in summary, is the aim of the BIO-QED project, financed by the European Union as part of the Seventh Framework Programme, involving 10 partners from 6 European countries (Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia and Spain) who will collaborate to define innovative and sustainable industrial processes for the production of biochemicals from renewable sources.
BIO-QED fits perfectly with the EU’s Bio-economy strategy, which is intended to guide the European economic system towards a broader and more sustainable use of resources, reconciling the requirements of agriculture and food safety with the sustainable use of renewable sources for industrial purposes. It will concentrate on the sustainable upscaling of the production of itaconic acid and 1.4 butanediol.
The project was officially launched on January 1st 2014 and will last for 4 years.
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