€10 million for developing sustainable raw materials for chemical industry

Thursday November 30, 2017 13:17

ECN, TNO, the province of Noord-Brabant and the Flemish VITO are jointly investing €10 million in the development of bio-aromatics: sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry. The four parties made this announcement in Antwerp during Biorizon's annual event.

Biorizon plans to use the financing to accelerate the development of bio-aromatics. Together with industry, Biorizon is developing technologies for extracting aromatics from vegetal residual and other streams. In this way, Biorizon is keen to offer the chemical and supply industry an alternative that is both profitable and sustainable to extracting raw materials from petroleum. Potentially this offers scope for replacing 40% of all chemicals.  

Investment of millions acts as flywheel

The province of Noord-Brabant is investing 5 million euros up to 2020 and TNO, ECN and VITO are investing another 5 million in total. This investment is intended to act as a flywheel to connect companies and other stakeholders over many years to one or more of the Biorizon research lines. These horizons are:

1. Thermochemical conversion of biomass into aromatics led by ECN
2. From sugars to aromatics led by TNO
3. From lignin, which gives wood its stiffness, to aromatics led by VITO

Revenue arising from participation by companies will subsequently be invested in part by Biorizon in the research program. In this way we are building the ecosystem in a future-proof manner.

Biorizon: profitable and sustainable prospect for the chemical industry

Shared Research Center Biorizon, an initiative of TNO, VITO, ECN and Green Chemistry Campus, is cooperating with partners to develop technologies for extracting aromatics from vegetable residuals. This reduces dependence on petroleum and leads to reduced CO2 emissions. By using waste streams as a raw material, Biorizon is contributing to the transition to a circular economy and offering the chemical industry and the supplying industry a prospect that is both profitable and sustainable.

More information

More information about Biorizon: www.biorizon.eu 

Category: Corporate, Biomass