07 May 2009 16:22 [Source: ICIS news]
The organisation, which is a joint initiative of Netherlands-based Biopark Terneuzen and
The Ghent-based pilot plant will cost some €13m ($17.3m) and will go on line early next year, creating 35 new jobs, according to the organisation.
Prof Wim Soetaert, who is leading the pilot plant project, said: “The Bio Base Europe pilot plant will operate on the open innovation model and will focus on companies throughout
The pilot plant will be used to determine how agricultural by-products such as wheat, wood chips, Jatropha and algal oil can be converted to biofuels, bioplastics and other bio-products, said Soetaert.
An investment of €8m is also being made in a training centre in Terneuzen, the
Peter van den Kieboom, head of the Bio Base Europe training centre, said: “The idea is to turn out skilled operators and technical maintenance specialists for the bio-based economy.
“Like very other industrial sector, the bio-based economy is struggling to make up a short-fall of qualified technical personnel.”
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