AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) has started
a 2-year research project to stimulate the development of the bio-based
economy in Europe. It will also overcome technical hurdles in the innovation
The focus areas are to develop lignocellulosic biomass processes for modern
biorefineries and the extraction of algae. The aim is in particular to create
new, valuable lignin products and cheap technical sugars for the production of
The AERTOs BBE – Bio-based Economy – project will strengthen the collaboration
of European research organizations in the field of bioeconomy and improve the
mobility of researchers. It combines different technologies available from the
following partners: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tecnalia,
Fraunhofer, Sintef, CEA, TNO and SP. The programme is coordinated by Research
Professor Kristiina Kruus from VTT.
The R&D work in the programme will be funded by the partners. The total budget
is EUR 2.6 million.
“The project gives us a great possibility for close research collaboration in
the very topical area of bioeconomy. We are very excited about it,” says
Kristiina Kruus from VTT.
Associated European Research and Technology Organisations AERTOS
key actors of AERTOs are seven major research organizations (VTT, TNO,
Fraunhofer, CEA, SP, Tecnalia and SINTEF) from six member states (Finland, the
Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden and Spain) and one associated state
(Norway). Originally AERTOs was created under the ERA-Net (2008-2012). Since
all partners wanted to continue their successful cooperation, the project
continues as AERTOs Community.
AERTOs ERANET has been supported by EARTO. www.earto.eu