SuperBIO developed its first new and innovative value chains

Posted in: biobased

SuperBIO Press Release, January 31, 2017
SuperBIO is an innovation project supporting SMEs in the bio-based economy – fast and unbureaucratic. SuperBIO aims to bring new cross-boarder and cross-sectional industrial value chains to the market. Since its start in summer 2016, the project has already developed three new and innovative value chains:

Producing more biogas from paper making residues by using Epicellulyse XT

Episome Biotechnologies is a Turkish enzyme development company. They developed an industrial enzyme mixture (Epicellulyse XT) that transforms long cellulose chains in paper sludge to shorter ones. The resultant material becomes pumpable and suitable for digestion by methanogenic bacteria. Flanders Biobased Valley connected them with Sappi Lanaken Mill, a Flemish Pulp and Paper Manufacturer and OWS, a Flemish biogas operator in order to investigate the added-value of their technology in this case. They exchanged samples to test the enzyme mix and to determine the biogas potential and Episome received support in regulatory landscape analysis with NNFCC and economics as well as market research with nova-institute.

Developing a biorefinery business case on citrus peel waste

PeelPioneers, a Dutch start-up, has a clear goal: extracting essential oils from citrus peel waste from industry and restaurants. The remaining material can be used as pectin-ready peel if the waste is food proof, or as fiber in fiber applications. Citrus peel currently ends up in anaerobic digestion, although it is not a suitable substrate. PeelPioneers established access to this waste material, while SuperBIO helped with constructing the value chain consisting of NS (National Railways, NL) for the feedstock, Eco-point (NL) to use the essential oils in cleaning products and Ecotreasures (BE) with expertise in extraction of essential oils from fruit waste. Currently, PeelPioneers is translating its process to an industrially relevant process together with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. They are also looking for subsidy opportunities together with BiotechSubsidy.

Linking Spanish crab waste with a UK biotechnological conversion

SuperBIO supported Pennog ltd (UK) to find feedstock sources in Spain for their biological chitin extraction process. It got connected with Ecocelta, a Spanish waste handler in Galicia, through partner CTA. The chitin produced through the Pennog technology is to be used in the agricultural market and in water treatment. They partner up with Omex (UK) and Seagarden (NO) to find a market for their product. SuperBIO offers business planning (BCNP), market research and regulatory landscape analysis (NNFCC).

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About the project

SuperBIO supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the biobased economy and supports SMEs by providing 10 different professional innovation services 75% funded by SuperBIO. The SuperBIO consortium includes four industrial cluster organisations (from Belgium, France, Spain and Poland), and six service providers (from the UK, Germany and Belgium).

1. Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research&Innovation

SuperBIO ( is funded by the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 of the European Union under the grant agreement no. 691555 for the period of 01.06.2016 to 30.11.2018.

2. SuperBIO Project Office:

The SuperBIO project is coordinated by Flanders BioBased Valley (Ghent, Belgium). For more information, comments or interview requests about SuperBIO, please contact:

3. The SuperBIO cluster organisations are:

From Belgium:
Ghent Bio-Economy Valley, Ghent, Belgium,

  • Project manager: Mr Stefan Ruyters – - Tel.: +32 (0)9 335 70 01
  • EU coverage: Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Turkey

From France:

INRA Toulouse White Biotechnology, Toulouse, France,

  • Mr Olivier Galy – – Tel.: +33 (0)5 61 28 57 91
  • Mrs Marie TRANIER – – Tel. : +33 (0)5 61 28  57 18
  • EU coverage: France, Luxembourg, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia

From Spain:

Fundación Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía, Seville, Spain,

From Poland:

Lodz University of Technology, Polish Technology Platform of Bioeconomy, Lodz, Poland,

  • Prof. Stanisław Bielecki – - Tel.: +48 42 631 34 42
  •  Prof. Beata Kolesinska – – Tel.: + 48 42 631 31 49
  • Mrs Ewa Gromek – – Tel.: +48 42 631 38 93
  • EU coverage: Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia

The SuperBIO partners providing innovation service are:

From Belgium
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent, Belgium,

Biotechsubsidy, Aalter, Belgium,

From Germany:   
nova Institut, Hürth, Germany,

BCNP Consultants, Frankfurt am Main, Germany,

From UK:
NNFCC The Bioeconomy Consultants, York, UK,

Gill Jennings & Every LLP, London, UK,