The implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy is the key to solving many of the grand challenges faced worldwide, as the increasing world population and their growing needs increases the demand for food, feed, for energy and raw materials. At the same time the availability and management of land, of fossil fuels and of raw materials have exceeded the limits of sustainable use.
The Helmholtz Association intends - coordinated by the "Sustainable Bioeconomy" portfolio project - to make a significant contribution to the integration of the bioeconomy research in Germany. The focus of this project is on the discipline and cross-sector cooperation between the Helmholtz Centres FZJ, GFZ, HMGU, KIT and UFZ, together with their regional partners from universities and other research institutions.
Major goals of the Portfolio Project "Sustainable Bioeconomy" are:
- To bundle the bioeconomy research within the Helmholz Association, as well as to establish and to take advantages of synergies among partners.
- To promote partnerships with universities and other research institutions and industry, for the integration in bioeconomy research.
- To carry out interdisciplinary research at the international level within the Helmholtz Program and with external partners.
- To initiate particularly innovative approaches for a sustainable bioeconomy.
- To promote technology and know-how transfer to the industry as well as to policy makers and administrators
In order to reach these goals, the following instruments are foreseen to be carried out within the project:
- Networking projects
- Innovative Topic Projects
- Information offices (Bioeconomy Information Office (BIO))
Tasks of the BEN Department:
- Comparative system analysis of material flows in production systems
- Optimization of microbial processes and development of concepts for the provision of basic products for material and energy uses (polygeneration)
- Biogas potential of novel production systems and waste materials
- Evaluation of technical and economic development potentials of future biomass-to-gas conversion processes (with the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ))
- Analysis of the regional availability and use of biogas and syngas
- Bioeconomy Information Office "Bioeconomy and Land use"