EBA has recently started a cooperation with Pilots4U, a H2020 project which has set up an easily accessible database of open access pilot and demonstration infrastructures for the European bio-economy.
As pilot- and demo equipment is very expensive and requires specific expertise, open access infrastructures are the most cost-effective manner to support the deployment of industry-driven innovations in the market. However, there is a lack of awareness of the availability, type of facility and equipment modules these infrastructures offer, which impedes actors from localising relevant facilities. The Pilots4U database will help companies and research institutions operating in the bio-economy sector to gain easier access to testing facilities that can provide solutions to support the development of innovations into products.
At present, the Pilots4U database already contains 353 equipment entries from 99 organisation located in 19 countries. We are continuously expanding the current network and aim to map all existing facilities relevant with regard to the topic and the Technology Readiness Level. The technology areas covered by the database are: Algae cultivation and harvesting, Anaerobic digestion, Chemical processing, Industrial biotechnology, Material technologies, Mechanical separations, Physicochemical separations, Pre-treatment, Pulping and Thermochemical conversions.
Are you looking for faster, better and cheaper ways to scale-up your innovative process from lab to industrial scale using one of the technologies listed above? Search the database for free by clicking on the following link: https://www.biopilots4u.eu/asset-database
Do you have open access pilot or demonstration equipment relevant for the bio-economy that is not yet included in the database? Add your equipment to the database using the following link: https://www.biopilots4u.eu/content/pilots4u-asset-database
If you are curious about the project and wish to find out more? You can attend one of the upcoming workshops.
Lieve Hoflack: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tukiainen Pauliina : Pauliina.Tukiainen@vtt.fi