Germany opens chemical biotechnological processes centre


The Fraunhofer Institute has opened its new Fraunhofer Center for chemical-biotechnological processes (CBP) in Leuna, Germany.

"Linde Engineering Dresden has provided the needed infrastructure and media utilities for the centre as part of the contract."

The Fraunhofer CBP will transit biotechnological and chemical processes to industrial-scale production to assist companies in manufacturing basic chemical products from regenerative raw materials.

Linde Engineering Dresden has provided the needed infrastructure and media utilities for the centre as part of the contract.

Dr Aldo Belloni, Linde executive board member professor, said: "By paving the way for a cross-connect between established and bio-based process steps, the CBP is opening up attractive growth opportunities for Linde's site in Leuna and the region as a whole."

The new CBP is expected to minimise the gap between laboratory and industrial-scale production for increased use of regenerative raw materials.

Linde will manufacture oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen at the site, to meet the rising demand from customers based at the Leuna chemical park and across Germany.

Since 1991, the company has invested more than € 500m ($645m) into the site.

Fraunhofer CBP is part of the BioEconomy cluster in central Germany, and primarily focuses on producing chemicals, materials and energy from wood.