Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

EFIB Stakeholder Profile​

Company/Organisation type: SME

Focus area/active in:

  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Animal Feed & Additives
  • Bio-based Chemistry
  • Bio-based Materials
  • Biorefinery / Pilot Plant
  • Engineering / Scale-up
  • Enzyme Technologies & Bioprocesses
  • Feedstock / Biomass
  • Food / Nutrition / Ingredients
  • Fuels / Lubricants
  • Homecare (e.g. detergents)
  • Packaging
  • Personal care (e.g. cosmetics)
  • Plastics


The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP, is a flexible and diversified open access pilot plant for the development and up-scaling of new, biobased processes. It is a not-for-profit SME with a myriad of pilot scale equipment for pretreatment, fermentation, biocatalysis, green chemistry and downstream purification. It is capable of scaling up and optimizing a broad variety of biobased processes up to an industrial level (from 5L to 15m3 scale). It can perform the entire value chain, from the resources up to the final product. BBEPP intends to close the gap in the innovation chain of the bio-based economy, bridging science and industrial production. It is operating according to the open innovation service model: companies and research institutes throughout the world that are active in the bio-based economy can make use of this test facility for their technological developments. It is located in the port of Ghent, Belgium. The activities of BBEPP can be categorized in development of bio-based and sustainable processes (TRL 2-4), scale up (TRL 5-6), and pilot and demo production to allow market introduction (TRL 7-8). The BBEPP team combines over 50 years of experience in fermentation development and scale-up, and also has extensive expertise in biocatalysis, green chemistry, and the development of industrial recovery and purification techniques. BBEPP is responsible for these tasks in several publicly funded projects of which 29 are ongoing. BBEPP was and currently is also coordinator of several EU funded projects, and hence can build on a vast experience in that area. In addition, BBEPP is a service provider to many companies in the biotech domain and bio-based economy. Since 2010, BBEPP has served over 80 customers in over 150 private projects in the field of development, scale up or pilot production.


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The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an open innovation pilot and demonstration facility for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased products and processes from lab to multi ton scale. A wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations combined with a team of highly trained and experienced engineers, process operators and technicians facilitates the translation of biobased laboratory processes into viable industrial processes.

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