SCALE-UP Project Successfully Concludes International Study Tour on Bioeconomy Along the Danube

The SCALE-UP project has successfully concluded its International Study Tour focusing on the bioeconomy in Austria and Germany. The tour, which took place from April 16-18, 2024, showcased innovative projects and initiatives in the field of sustainable biomass utilization.
The study tour commenced in Linz, Austria, where participants visited the Biomass power plant of the city of Linz and the Wood K plus research institution, which focuses on wood and wood-related renewable resources. The tour also included a city tour of Linz and a presentation of the business model of HochBROTzentig, a bakery that started a cooperation with a distillery to produce high quality spirits from leftover bread. 

On the second day, the tour proceeded by bus to visit the Oilmill Raab, an organic farm and oil mill that produces high-quality oils and has participated in a project using oil press cake for protein extraction. The group then visited the Eggenberg Brewery to learn about the use of spent grains as feed and other applications. The day concluded with a visit to Lenzing AG, the world-leading cellulose fibre producer.
The final day of the study tour took place in Straubing, Germany, where participants visited Anatol Donkan, a fish leather manufacture that creates crafts and art projects from fish hide. The tour also included a visit to the BioCampus Straubing, a location development and business promotion company that supports start-ups and existing companies involved in the material or energy utilization of biomass.
The International Study Tour successfully showcased the potential of the bioeconomy in the Danube region and fostered collaboration among researchers, industry stakeholders, and policymakers. By sharing knowledge and best practices, the SCALE-UP project has contributed to the development of sustainable and innovative solutions in the bioeconomy sector.


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