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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 October, 2011
Number staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Stuttgart
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Funded by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Bio Ökonomie
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Andreas
Schäffer
Cluster Manager
+4979619256233
andreas.schaeffer@euraconsult.de
Stefan
Durm
Internationalisation Responsible
+4979619256229
stefan.durm@euraconsult.de
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD)
Bio-refineries for energy
Biobased materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Power generation / renewable sources
Biotechnology
Waste collection, treatment&disposal activities, materials recovery & remediation activities
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
31
Number of SME members: 
17
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
12
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
0
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Website
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Idea

The recent decision of the German government to stop atomic energy production has intensified the debate between energy production and energy consumption. 
Besides, the German government in accordance with the guidelines of the European Union laid down a concept in September 2008 for an environmentally and reliable energy supply. It is intended that by 2050 the following goals should be achieved. These are:

  • Reduction of the emission of greenhouses gases by at least 80 % as compared to 1990;
  • Extension of the use of renewable energies that shall contribute to at least 60 % of the gross energy consumption.

According to the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR), biomass shall contribute to at least 23 % of the entire energy supply that shall cover the demands for heat, electricity and fuel.

Our Vision

Biomass alone covers 70 % of the energy production when all other renewable energy sources are put together. 90 % of heat is produced by biomass from the combustion of wood. Although wind energy still plays a crucial role in the production of electricity, the potential of biomass in this regard is not to be underestimated. In the field of fuels, biomass remains the only renewable source.

The regional and worldwide available biomass should not only be used energetically but also materially so that platform molecules, bio-based materials et cetera with a high-added value could be produced. This is the vision of biomastec. The cluster sees itself as a strategic marketing and information platform to deliver innovative and efficient solutions for the efficient use of available biomass to enhance and encourage a bio-based economy not only in Germany and Europe but to the entire world.

Our Goal

Biomastec is a network that is sponsored and under the tutelage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Its goal is to initiate and oversee innovative market-orientated research and development projects in which new products, technologies and services can be produced for the efficient use of biomass. In order to achieve this goal a stark and coordinated cross-talk between academia and industry is mandatory.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Colombia
Mexico
Philippines
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Bulgaria
Denmark
Portugal
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

biomastec is actively collaborating with several European clusters in order to initiate and facilitate joint cooperation projects and business activities.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
FEMAC
Agrocluster
INBIOM
CREA Hydro&Energy
VEGEPOLYS
INNOSKART
Green Synergy Cluster
Green Chemistry
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
Other

In Europe: Horizon2020, COSME

In Germany: ZIM, DBU, FNR, BMBF, BMWi, KMUinnovativ

 

Relevant Project References: 
biomastecDanube
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Successful implementation and realisation of R&D projects in various national (ZIM, DBU, FNR, BMBF) and European funding programmes.

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Very strong collaboration with other bio-based as well as energy-related clusters and networks to facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation between SMEs, Industry and Research.