Biobased Products

A ‘biobased economy’ uses as many renewable raw materials as possible for products such as chemicals, materials and energy. This is vital if further depletion of non-renewable raw materials and an increase in CO2 emissions is to be avoided. The Biobased Products business unit works on the development of a more sustainable economy based on the Biorefinery, Biobased Chemicals and Biobased Materials research programmes.


Biorefinery includes key technologies to effectively use (components from) biomass. Biorefinery involves converting biomass into valuable components and marketable products such as food and animal feed, chemicals, materials, fuel and energy. With our extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of pre-treatment and processing technologies, and our insight into the entire biomass value chain, we provide clients with detailed advice on biomass usage, processing and end products.

Biobased Chemicals

Current chemicals are often based on fossil fuels, but the use of renewable biomass as a raw material is an excellent alternative. Food & Biobased Research has years of experience in the efficient conversion of biomass into both existing and new chemicals with unique product characteristics, and helps clients produce biobased chemicals in a cost-effective way.

Biobased Materials

Biobased plastics are increasingly used in a variety of products, including packaging, consumer electronics, coatings, and construction and biomedical materials. We develop renewable materials (such as thermosets, bioplastics and composites) that can compete with petroleum-based products. In this process we use our knowledge of the characteristics of the material to develop new biobased materials which are strong, durable and low-cost.

Interactive infographic: The Biobased Economy Value Chain

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