On the Occasion of the Regional Innovation Award on Circular Economy, ShineBright on the region of Noord-Brabant, in Netherlands that presented its project Green Chemistry Campus: Waste2Aromatics project by Biorizon.
The Green Chemistry Campus is a business accelerator for developing biobased chemical building blocks for the chemical industry. The Campus thus contributes to the realisation of a biobased economy.
One of the multiple programs and projects that are hosted by the Campus is Shared Research Center Biorizon. It’s aim is to develop technologies to produce aromatics from organic waste. Aromatics are one of the main feedstocks of the chemical industry, constituting 40% of the total market. Currently, these are exclusively produced from fossil sources, generating considerable CO2 emissions. Biobased aromatics reduce dependence on petroleum, lead to lower CO2 emissions, enable the transition to a circular economy and offer profitable and sustainable prospects for the chemical industry and its supply chain.
One of the multiple technology development projects in Biorizon focusses on turning waste, that would otherwise be incinerated or end up in landfill, into valuable raw materials for the chemical industry. Biodegradable waste, nappies, compost and sieving material from wastewater will be converted to aromatic compounds, such as those used in the production of plastics. This innovative Waste2Aromatics project will bring the commercial production of cost-competitive bio-aromatics, along with the circular economy, significantly closer. Biorizon is now working towards its ultimate goal: commercial production of bio-aromatics.
For more information check out the Green Chemistry Campus website!
The next Regional Innovation Award will take place in 2018 and will be dedicated to the Silver Economy in the context of AER SEED project.
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