Germany's Fraunhofer opens €53m renewables centre at Leuna chem hub

02 October 2012 16:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany’s government-funded Fraunhofer research institute on Tuesday opened a €53m ($68m) centre for non-food biomass raw materials at the Leuna petrochemicals hub in Saxony-Anhalt state.

Fraunhofer’s centre for chemical and biotechnological processes will focus on renewables – in particular wood - to replace oil as a raw material for chemicals production.

The centre at Leuna aims to “close the gap between laboratory and industrial-scale use of renewables”, Fraunhofer added.

It would offer a unique platform in Europe that connects the chemical and biotechnology sectors with the aim of developing new processes and products for the chemical industry, Fraunhofer said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who officially opened the centre, said that the investment was an outstanding example of the rebuilding of industry in Germany’s eastern regions - and in particular the Leuna chemical site - following the country’s reunification more than 20 years ago.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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