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Top 20 innovative bio-based products

Task 3 of "Study on support to R&I policy in the area of bio-based products and services" - Study. Written by University of Bologna and Fraunhofer ISI, December 2018
: European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation; Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung -ISI-, Karlsruhe; Università di Bologna


Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2019, 294 pp.
ISBN: 978-92-76-03420-9
Fraunhofer ISI ()
bio-industry; biochemistry; biofuel; biomass; environmental industry; industrial policy; Innovation; land use; plastics; product life; sustainable development; waste

The study mapped the most relevant value chains currently under development that originate from: natural rubber, plant fibres, lignin, renewable oils and fats, terpenes, natural polyelectrolytes, in addition to urban wastes. More than 100 innovative BBPs were monitored; lignin was found to be generating the highest number of innovative products, together with terpenes and urban wastes. More than 30 innovative BBPs are approaching full availability on the market, and more than 20 products are now at the pilot plant level. The 20 most innovative BBPs holding the greatest promise for commercial deployment within the next 5-10 years were identified; selection includes engineering materials, new bioplastics, high added-value products for demanding applications in the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields, as well as sustainable substitutes for critical raw materials. Detailed case studies on these TOP20 innovative BBPs were developed.