Virtual network of equipment for bioresource processing
Businesses and researchers throughout New Zealand can now access a range of test facilities and pilot plants to trial new bio-based products without having to invest in costly equipment.
A new online database called the ‘Virtual Pilot Plant Network (VPPN)’ provides business owners and product developers with information on equipment, plant facilities and technical expertise available around the country to help with all aspects of bioresource processing.
The VPPN has been put together by the Bioresource Processing Alliance, a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funded research and development programme to help the primary sector turn its low value, high volume biological waste into high value products. The alliance combines the science expertise and technical facilities of four research institutes, Scion, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation and Plant & Food Research, and their wider research and industry partner network.
The VPPN is free to access via the alliance’s website, and is available for any New Zealand business or research organisation to advertise and showcase their pilot scale facilities at no cost.