BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg and its partners are presenting tangible products and processes related to the theme of a biobased economy in the exhibition “View on Biobased Economy – Bioeconomy” from April 8th - 12th, 2013. Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann and Science Minister Theresia Bauer visited the booth on Monday afternoon.
Science Minister Bauer was especially impressed with BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg’s support for the two federal ministries in preparing the participation in the joint exhibition. “This is a sign that in Baden-Württemberg we are taking a leading role in bioeconomy-related issues.”
Germany is currently preparing the shift from a fossil fuel-based economy to a biobased economy. Designed in shop-window fashion, the joint booth showed what is already possible today and what is feasible for the future. Visitors can follow live at the trade fair how moulded parts made from biobased plastics are produced using 3D printing. The exhibition also showcases prototypes along with the first serial component made from biobased polymers used in the automotive industry, a photobioreactor in which algae growth and biodiesel production or feedstock for plastics production can be explored, a leather armchair tanned with olive leaf extracts as well as biosurfactants for use in textiles, detergents and cosmetics.
"On the first two days, we have already had many interesting discussions. People are excited to hear about and see what can be achieved with modern biotechnology,” said Dr. Ralf Kindervater, CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH.
According to the definition given by the Bioeconomy Council, the independent advisory board to the German Federal Government, a biobased economy or bioeconomy covers all industrial and economic sectors that use renewable biological resources and apply biological and technological processes. These processes not only replace conventionally produced products, but also create new products. At present, bioeconomy techniques exist in the agricultural, forestry, energy, chemistry, pharmaceutical, food, industrial biotechnology, textile and environmental protection sectors.
The “View on Biobased Economy – Bioeconomy” exhibition is coordinated by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH and is a joint booth of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), Jülich Project Management (PTJ), BIO Deutschland, the BIOTECHNICA team of Deutsche Messe AG and the BioIndustry clusters BIOKATALYSE2021 coordinated by TuTech Innovation GmbH (Hamburg), Integrated Biotechnology (CIB) Frankfurt coordinated by Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (Wiesbaden) and the Biopolymers/Biomaterials Cluster coordinated by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH (Stuttgart).