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The 2009 agreement on green growth’s purpose of the agreement is to ensure that a high level of environmental, nature and climate protection goes hand in hand with modern and competitive agriculture and food industries. The agreement consists of the environment and nature plan for Denmark up to 2020, and the strategy for green agriculture and food production industry undergoing growth.
The growth plan for water, bio and environmental solutions supports industrial the strong standing of industrial biotechnology in Denmark and suggests it can be used for the production of biobased materials based on the Danish agricultural sector. The document states the government’s willingness to foster the commercialization of such biobased products and create demand for them.
Who is there?
- Dupont Industrial Biosciences – Genencor
- Centre for microbial biotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark
- Department of Chemistry and bioscience of the University of Aalborg
- Institute of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology at the University of Southern Denmark
Initiatives to watch
Biosynthia has developed a high-throughput screening technology for the development of high performing microorganisms for any type of fine chemicals. For the proof of profitability, the SME currently focuses on developing E.Coli strains producing 2 types of food ingredient chemicals as well as 2 pharmaceutical intermediates. Biosynthia’s biocatalysts are estimated to reduce wastes up to 95% and avoid the formation of hazardous chemicals.
- Biocentrum, Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby – Pilot plant facility for Maxi-fuels project (second generation biofuels)
- BioGasol demonstration plant in Aakirkeby– Maxi-fuels project continued by spin off company BioGasol
- Maabjerg Energy Concept integrated biofuel plant in Jutland – Inbicon project (DONG Energy) demonstrates the integrated production of bioethanol, feed and chemicals from wheat and straw
- Novozymes production facilities in Kalundborg and Copenhagen
- DuPont production facility in Grindsted
The main national funding streams for industrial biotechnology projects in Denmark come from:
- The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Education (DASTI)
- The Danish Council for Strategic Research (DCSR) is part of DASTI and funds research and provides advice for politically prioritized research projects
- The Danish Foundation for Advanced Technology stimulates research and innovation in technology areas where Denmark has special strengths and potential
- The Programme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration (EUDP program) aims to strengthen the development and demonstration of energy technologies
Longstanding experience in the field, gained through fermentation innovation in the brewery sector e.g. Carlsberg