Together towards a sustainable chemical industry
A sustainable chemical industry that contributes to a sustainable society. That’s what we're using our innovation power for. With innovative research in public-private partnerships, we are committed to making the chemical industry and its products more sustainable.
Alternative raw materials
Feedstock flexibility is about which raw materials we use in a process. And how we develop sustainable alternatives that help reduce carbon emissions. Research and development has enabled us to find alternative raw materials. This will make the chemical industry less dependent on fossil fuels, such as oil. At the same time, we make sure that the products manufactured by the industry are more sustainable.
Biorizon: a new way to aromatics
A large part of the research into feedstock flexibility is carried out at Biorizon. This is a joint research centre of VITO and TNO. The main location is at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom. At Biorizon, we are developing technologies to enable the commercial production, by 2025, of aromatic compounds from biological waste. We are engaged in both developing and scaling up the technology.
Energy from renewable sources
How do you organise the conversion of raw materials into sustainable alternatives as efficiently as possible? That's what efficient processing is all about. We devise solutions that ensure that the energy a process requires comes from sustainable sources, e.g. the sun and the wind. We also ensure that these conversions result in the highest possible selectivity, with as few by-products as possible.
VoltaChem: electrification in the chemical industry
We do most of our research on efficient processing in the shared VoltaChem innovation programme This is an initiative by us and the Chemicals top sector. In this programme, we focus on the use of renewable energy for the production of heat, hydrogen and chemicals.
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Within improved product functionality, we work to make applications more sustainable through innovative solutions in polymeric materials. For example, the coating on a window or the film on laminated glass to keep the heat out of a building in summer. This reduces the need for cooling. In winter, radiated heat needs to be inside the building. A coating that automatically regulates the amount of reflected heat is an example of a sustainable functionality that saves the user money.
Brightlands Materials Center: innovations using polymeric materials
The Brightlands Materials Center is an initiative by TNO and the Province of Limburg. We work with industry partners in joint programmes on these and other applications. Other examples are:
- Innovative polymeric materials for ‘Continuous Fiber Additive Manufacturing’. This technology makes it possible to print solid but lightweight objects from composites (fibre-reinforced plastics) using a 3D printer. We use these to reduce the weight of parts used in aeroplanes or cars, for example. The lighter the vehicle, the less fuel is needed and the less carbon emissions.
- Innovative coatings for solar control glass.
- Lightweight, thermoplastic composites for the automotive industry.
In addition to performance and predicting the behaviour of composite for the entire use phase, we focus on another important advantage: its good recyclability.
Collaboration with industry
Feasibility studies, sustainability analyses and the drafting of development plans are important parts of our work in the sustainable chemical industry. We have a proven track record in strategic business analysis and life cycle analysis. We pay a lot of attention to mapping the necessary context of innovations. We do this together with the business community.
For example, we are partners in a public-private partnership called Brightsite, in which we work on projects ranging from fundamental research to the implementation of pilot plants, including the chemical recycling of plastics. We also assist Chemelot and the process industry in achieving their sustainability and safety goals.
Do you also want to contribute to making the chemical industry in the Netherlands more sustainable?
Using innovative solutions and together with industry, governments and other knowledge institutions, we contribute to making the Dutch chemical industry more sustainable. Many of the technologies also lend themselves perfectly to developments in the value chain. The German car industry, for example, makes plenty of use of Dutch suppliers.
Do you have any good ideas, do you see exceptional opportunities or do you want to contribute to making the chemical industry more sustainable? We would like to get in touch with you!
Eugene VeerkampFunctie:Business developer
Eugène can rely on an impressive career in international business as a chemical & materials engineer that spans 25 years. He understands that the commercial and financial aspects are essential for new sustainable solutions to become successful. Cooperating closely with the industry and launching new innovation onto the market are two key drivers in Eugène’s daily work, along with sharing his own business development experience within an enthusiastic team of specialists.
Hans van der PolFunctie:Business developer
Hans completed his formal education and earned his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry at Utrecht University, and went on to study economics (Open University) and business (Nyenrode Business University). He has a wealth of experience with various international and start-up companies, such as Akzo Nobel, Eastman Chemical Company, Purac, Corbion and Vibers. This background gives Hans an exceptionally broad view of the biobased chemicals, industrial biotechnology and (bio)plastics industries. Examples are product development, application and market development, as well as strategic business development. In addition, he has fulfilled roles in R&D, product and account management, strategic marketing, innovation management, and in venture development and strategy.
Martijn de GraaffFunctie:Clustermanager
Martijn is in charge of programme management and business development for the VoltaChem Shared Innovation Programme on Power-2-X, and for cluster management at TNO’s programme on industrial transformation. “Transformation of our society, and more specifically the industry, towards CO2 neutrality will take a tremendous collaborative effort of public and private stakeholders, nationally and internationally. It is my aim to connect people across disciplines and organisations, employing the latest innovation, technology and business insights, in order to help them accelerate towards a carbon-neutral society.”
Nadine WennersbuschFunctie:Senior Project Manager
"Wanting to know how the world works and then improve it". Nadine Wennersbusch is senior project manager in the Sustainable Process & Energy Systems department. With her analytical eye she likes to contribute to everything that concerns the project execution. So project management suits her down to the ground.
Pascal BuskensFunctie:Program manager
Pascal specializes in designing, manufacturing, characterizing and validating optical materials, coatings and films that interact in distinct ways with sunlight. The materials are mainly used in the photochemical and photoelectrochemical production of chemicals and fuels, as well as for regulating sunlight transmission through windows and for improving the efficiency and aesthetics of integrated solar panels in buildings.
Paul is passionate about technology development that facilitates the creation of new value chains in the pursuit of a sustainable industry, and thereby a sustainable society. One of Paul’s main responsibilities as programme manager is setting out the research and business strategy of the industrial sugar-based pathways towards furanic and bio-aromatics building blocks (Sugar Horizon) within Shared Research Centre Biorizon. Paul has an extensive background in bioprocess engineering and obtained his PhD degree at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, on the topic of thermo- and biochemical conversion of residual biomass into bulk chemicals.
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Webinar: Materials Scarcity for Hydrogen Production
Join VoltaChem's open webinar on the 27th October 2022 on the topic of Materials Scarcity for Hydrogen Production.
9th Biorizon Annual Event on Bio-Aromatics - Webinar
Are you active in the bio-aromatics value chain and curious about the latest developments? Follow the webinar of Biorizon on 1 December 2022.
Biorizon bio-aromatics networking event
Come to this networking event for the latest developments in bio-aromatics and to accelerate biobased business together.
Research programme energy storage and conversion
Brightlands Materials Center for new sustainable materials
At the Brightlands Materials Centre research centre, we work on new, sustainable technologies for plastics, such as additive manufacturing. Find out more.