Bioprocess pilot facility now open acces for pilot testing
Tuesday, April 29, 2014: 1:30 PM
Grand Ballroom F-G, lobby level (Hilton Clearwater Beach)
Arno H. van de Kant, BPF, Delft, Netherlands
The Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V. (BPF) is a unique open access facility where companies and knowledge institutions can develop new sustainable production processes by converting bio-based residues into useful chemicals or fuels and production processes for Food and Pharma.

The facility has been specifically designed to enable the transition from laboratory to industrial scale. The facility has a modular setup. BPF allows users to construct complex operations by linking the separate process modules: Pretreatment, Hydrolysis, Fermentation and/or Downstream Processing.

Investing about 37 Million Euro in expanding the facilities with pretreatment and food grade capabilities and also building a modern state-of-the-art control unit from which all the pilot plants can be controlled.

Research and innovation activities

BPF is well equipped to be able to upscale the process of the technology holder, and use our experience to improve the processes.

We have 4 different pilot plants which can interact being:

  • Pretreatment (biomass, also lignocellulosic) on benchscale and pilot scale.
  • Fermentation from 10l up to 8m3. (ATEX, GMO)
  • Downstream processing, chemical processing (ATEX)
  • Food grade pilot plant.

All product streams can be connected, to mimic a downscale of a commercial plant. The upscaling of the lab process can than be proven on pilot scale with a good prediction of the process on commercial scale.

With a special focus on processes that are biobased/biotechnology for products in chemistry, pharma and food.

Chemicals like lactic acid, succinic acid, ethanol, FDCA, enzymes. Pharma like API’s, antibiotics and food ingredients like proteins, probiotics.