BIOSKOH

Novel Second Generation Biorefinery
Project lead:
Biochemtex |
ABOUT THE PROJECT

A circular bioeconomy project, BIOSKOH will transform a brownfield industrial site in eastern Slovakia into a 55 kton cellulosic ethanol production facility.

KEY FACTS
Type of Project

BBIFlagship

Start Date

Jun
2016

Duration

4
Years

BBI Funding

€ 9
Million

Total Cost

€ 30
Million

PROJECT AIMS

A flagship research project, BIOSKOH will demonstrate a first-ofits kind commercial-scale second-generation biorefinery.

Boosting the sustainable conversion of renewable biomass into bio-based products, chemicals and energy is central to Europe’s transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy. Currently, there are no full-scale producers of second generation (2G) bioethanol in Europe. BIOSKOH aims to change this by using ‘Innovation Stepping Stones’ to produce cellulosic ethanol for EU biofuel mandates.

The project will also explore emerging bio-based materials, such as lignin and bioethylene.

EXPECTED RESULTS
  • Establish cross-industry collaboration between the agroindustry, bio-based, chemical and energy industries to build a first-of-its-kind second generation (2G) bioethanol refinery.
  • Develop a novel bio-based value chain and improve regional infrastructure. Make new storage and shipment facilities for agricultural products available to local farmers and businesses.
  • Introduce farmers to new biomass uses, which will help them to diversify, seize new business opportunities and exploit currently under-used resources.
  • Verify, optimise and upscale design and process solutions already proven at pilot/demo scale. Pave the way for a secondstage investment to scale-up the biorefinery to 110 kton.
  • Create an estimated 160 direct and 500 indirect jobs (in both energy and biotechnology) across the value chain.