As the communications partner for the bio-based materials project REHAP, we have been tasked with creating a film that tells the story of the work done so far. We began the shoot at the Bio-based European Pilot Plant (BBEPP) in Ghent, Belgium, where we filmed some of the processes for upscaling to pre-industrial capacity at the impressive facility. Project partners were interviewed at the plant, providing insight into their successful work on developing industry-viable processes for the recovery of tannins, lignin and sugars from agroforestry waste and how this work has been upscaled from lab-scale batch protocols to a continuous process at pilot scale.
Our filming also focused on the work of project partner Biosyncaucho and their work in developing a fermentation and subsequent downstream process protocol for the production of 2,3-BDO. The success of the project here is that Biosyncaucho did not have internal resources and equipment to scale up this process, so BBEPP served as a scale-up partner, offering a wide range of flexible process units on the pilot scale, in combination with their experience in upscaling as a whole.
After finishing the shoot in Belgium and dealing with cancelled and re-routed flights, our crew landed in Bilbao for two days of filming at Tecnalia, in Miñano and Azpeitia, where filming focused on several aspects of the project’s research and development work.
In Miñano, both plant and lab work were filmed, focusing on fermentations at lab scale to 2,3 BDO, the work with NIPUs and the validation and characterisation of superplasticizers in concrete as well as the commercial exploitation potential of the project.
In Azpeitia, project coordinator Aitor Barrio was filmed at length to provide a valuable overview of the work of every partner over the past four years, while filming also took place into the development of bioplasticisers and biofireretardants and the work of RINA and its life cycle analysis and commercial exploitation.
Our crew is now home safely, working from home studios to edit the film for release by the end of April. It is hoped that despite not being able to film every aspect of REHAP on the ground with each partner, due mainly to coronavirus travel restrictions, the film will reflect the successes that all partners have achieved in REHAP. The story will be one of a project that really has delivered on its ambitious aims, set out four years ago, and has delivered to the market several products and novel processes that can have a significant impact on the bioeconomy and society as a whole.