BIOREFINERY2021 - Energy from Biomass

New approaches towards the biorefinery of the future

biocat 2012 - September 2-6 - at Hamburg University of Technology

6th International Congress on Biocatalysis - Register now!

The successful concept of biocat, under the chair of Professor Garabed Antranikian (President of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Coordinator of BIOREFINERY2021), is due to an interdisciplinary approach integrating the know-how of well acknowledged biologists, biochemists, chemists and engineers from academia and industry. Special rates apply for members of the International Society for Extremophiles (ISE). Online registration is open now.

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Germany’s largest cellulose ethanol plant inaugurated in Straubing

Clariant launches biofuel of the future

Muttenz, July 20, 2012 – Clariant, the Swiss specialty chemicals company, today inaugurated Germany’s biggest pilot plant for the production of climate-friendly cellulose ethanol from agricultural waste. Located in Straubing, Bavaria and supported by the Bavarian government and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the futuristic project will produce up to 1,000 tonnes of cellulose ethanol from around 4,500 tonnes of wheat straw based on the sunliquid® technology developed by Clariant. Studies show that Germany potentially has around 22 million tonnes of straw that could be used for energy production without compromising essential soil regeneration. This would be sufficient to cover around 25 Percent of Germany’s current gasoline requirements.

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POWTECH 2011: Optimized integration of individual process steps as technological challenge

Meet our Experts from 11-13 October 2011 in Nuremberg

POWTECH in Nuremberg, Germany, is the meeting place for representatives of many industries: from chemicals & pharmaceuticals, food & feed, building & quarrying to ceramic & glass and wood & paper. Mechanical processing technologies are key technologies in all these branches of industry. The world’s leading exhibition for plant and equipment for size reduction, dosing, mixing, screening, conveying and particle analysis shows a broad spectrum of products and services from 11–13 October 2011. BIOREFINERY2021-Partner Professor Stefan Heinrich, (Hamburg University of Technology) will present his Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology in Hall 8/8-332.

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Berlin is the meeting point for European process engineers and biotechnologists

ECCE & ECAB - Meet our Experts

From September 25 till 29 Berlin will be the focal point of European process engineering and biotechnology. More than 3,000 participants from Europe and beyond are expected for the 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE) and the 1st European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB). About 800 lectures cover the complete range of current topics from simulation to plant design and safety technology and from systems biology to biorefineries. About 1,000 scientific posters, an accompanying industry exhibition and an attractive social program stimulate discussion and offer an opportunity for networking. BIOCATALYSIS2021 will be presented together with the German BioIndustry 2021-Clusters on Stand B14, Side Lobby red (East).

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B2B matchmaking at waste to energy+recycling 2011 in Bremen!

Find new business contacts and cooperation partners! Registration deadline is May 4.

Messe Bremen/WFB and Enterprise Europe Network are organizing the b2b matchmaking on May 18 at waste to energy+recycling 2011. Waste to energy+recycling 2011 is the future forum for energy and materials recovery from waste and biomass. Over 200 exhibitors and 2000 professional visitors are expected to come. International delegates amount to over 30 percent. Partner nation 2011 is Poland.
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Professor Garabed Antrankian - President of the Hamburg University of Technology

Scientific Head of BIOREFINERY2021 has taken up his new challenge

April 1, 2011 - Welcome Address of Professor Garabed Antrankian as new President of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH): "TUHH is a small but high-class university with a clear profile in research and with modern, practice-oriented learning methods. Proximity is an important aspect of our dealings with our students. They experience it at first hand during project-based learning in small groups and in close contact with our eminent academic staff. Our goal is to educate creative minds with an individual specialist profile and a high level of social skills.

Sunday Times - News Insert "Life Sciences Biotechnology and Food Security"

"Biological systems to refine biomass to produce a wide variety of products"

The British Sunday Times has published with its issue 16/01/2011 the news insert "Life Sciences Biotechnology and Food Security ". On 65 pages biotechnology is viewed in this briefing by internationally recognized experts as key technology offering an enormous potential for solving problems in almost all areas of life. The interview with Professor Garabed Antranikian about the clusters BIOREFINERY2021 & BIOCATALYSIS2021 shows that the industrial biotechnology has the function of an innovative motor giving decisive impetus to numerous fields of application. And that this sector of biotechnology owes its strength to the interdisciplinary cooperation of chemists, biologists and engineers.

3 December 2010 at TuTech in Hamburg

Symposium "On our path to a sustainable bioeconomy - The potential of integrated biorefineries"

The association Industrial Biotechnology North in cooperation with TuTech Innovation GmbH are inviting to an event on integrated biorefineries. In addition to the range of different biorefinery concepts in Germany, the symposium offers the opportunity to learn more about innovative approaches from Scandinavian countries.

Annual Meeting of Cluster BIOREFINERY2021 in Hamburg

New approaches towards the biorefinery of the future

On 30 of November 2010 TuTech Innovation GmbH is host for the first annual meeting of Cluster BIOREFINERY2021. All partners will meet in Hamburg an present the progress of the different project modules. Together they discuss about the ongoing strategy on their way to a second generation biorefinery based on lignocellulose.

International Conference on Polygeneration Strategies with special Focus on Integrated Biorefineries

7 - 9 September: International Conference ICPS 2010 in Leipzig

The 10th International Conference on Polygeneration Strategies has a Special Focus on Integrated Biorefineries. Chairman is Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltschmitt from Cluster BIOREFINERY2021.


5th International Congress on Biocatalysis, August 29 - September 2, 2010, at Hamburg University of Technology

August, 31, 2010 - In behalf of the Biocat Scientific Advisory Board Congress-Chairman Professor Garabed Antranikian honoured with the Biocat Award 2010 in recognition for their outstanding contributions to biocatalysis:

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IBN 2010: Industrial biotechnology & biorefinery of the future

Save the date: IBN 2010 on 17th and 18th of June in Hamburg

Device of IBN 2010 is "Industrial biotechnology and its input for the biorefinery of the future" with several experts from the US an Germany. The symposium is under patronage of Karen E. Johnson, Consul General of the United States of America. For the first time the IBN-Award is granted. An "IBN-Pupils-day - Open Lab" finalizes the program.

biocat2010 - save the date

Save the date: International Congress on Biocatalysis, August 29 until September 2, in Hamburg Technology

On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committees, Professor Garabed Antranikian invites scientists from all over the world to the 5th International Congress on Biocatalysis - biocat2010 - to be held from August 29 until September 2 at the Hamburg University of Technology.

Kick-off Meeting with partners of BIOREFINERY2021

"BIOREFINERY2021" launched successfully

The research project BIOREFINERY2021 was launched on 29 October 2009 with the kick-off meeting with the associated partners at TuTech in Hamburg. The aim of the project "BIOREFINERY2021" is the further development of existing bioethanol plants into an integrated biorefinery.

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Welcome on our Cluster Website in english language

We are pleased to announce that the content of our website is now also available in English language. Most of the pages have already been translated and further contents will follow soon. Switch between languages by clicking on the appropriate flag, which can be found in the upper right corner of the homepage.


Cluster BIOREFINERY2021 - Energy from Biomass - New approaches towards the biorefinery of the future (archived website)