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AppliSurfSubmission 

Screening the Application potential of a yeast-based bioSURFactant portfolio

Surfactants are performance molecules that intervene in nearly every product and aspect of human daily life with a global turnover of $ 31 billion in 2016. Despite the efforts to move towards a bio-based economy, only 4 % of the surfactant market is 100 % bio-based (e.g. APGs and MESs). An even smaller part (<0.1 %) of the market is not only 100 % bio-based, but also produced through biological processes, such as microbial, plant-based and/or enzymatic processes. Although a lot of companies are striving towards such sustainable solutions, current limitations blocking valorisation of such technologies can be mainly defined as 1. higher production costs and 2. limited structural variability and thus a lack of physicochemical (and biological) properties.

In AppliSurf a combination of genetic modification, fermentation development/optimization and green chemistry will be applied to enable commercial production at an acceptable cost of an innovative and broad portfolio of biosurfactant structures. The unique properties of these ‘new-to-market’ biosurfactants will be identified by high throughput screening for industrially relevant properties (foaming, emulsification, wetting, gelling, antimicrobial properties, etc.). Subsequent structure-function modeling of this family of compounds will enable the prediction of the properties of compounds not included in the screen. The latter will maximize the output of the project, also after the projects’ end. Scale-up of the optimized production processes will generate samples for in-house evaluation by the interested industrial members of the user group.

JOIN the Industry User Group of this project

The project partners are looking for companies that wish to be involved in the user group of this VIS project. The user group is open to all interested companies, including companies established outside the Flemish region. Interested companies can contact Catalisti (info@catalisti.be)

Project type: VIS
Approved on: 01/10/2017
Duration: August 2018 – July 2022
Total project budget: EUR 624.827
Subsidy: EUR 499.853
Partners:     

 

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Brainstormmeetings: Voedingsverpakkingen voor de toekomst

In 2030 zullen alle voedselverpakkingen circulair moeten zijn en ook aan de snelle evolutie van digitalisatie en personalisatie kunnen we niet voorbijgaan. Pack4Food en de speerpuntclusters Flanders’ FOOD (voeding), VIL (logistiek), SIM (nieuwe materialen) en Catalisti (chemie en kunststoffen) werken sinds september aan een Roadmap rond de voedselverpakkingen voor de toekomst. Deze Roadmap moet de onderzoekslijnen uitzetten voor de komende jaren (2018-2030) om samen met de industrie, overheids- en kennisinstellingen geavanceerde verpakkingen te ontwikkelen, gefocust op de noden van de toekomst.

Om deze Roadmap vorm te geven, willen we de specifieke noden, barrières & uitdagingen van bedrijven via interactieve brainstormsessies in kaart brengen om zo cross-sectorale opportuniteiten te identificeren. Hierbij nodigen we jullie vriendelijk uit om deel te nemen aan 1 of meerdere brainstormmeetings al naargelang uw interesse.

Data van de brainstormmeetings:

·        Algemene Brainstorm Meeting: maandag 15 okt, 10-15u, Living Tomorrow, Indringingsweg 1, 1800 Vilvoorde

·        Thematische Brainstorm Meeting “Smart & Personalised” packaging: maandag 5 nov, 9-17.30u, TBD

·        Thematische Brainstorm Meeting “Extra thema”*: vrijdag 16 nov, 9-13u, TBD

·        Thematische Brainstorm Meeting “Circular” packaging: donderdag 29 nov, 11-15.30u, Huis van de voeding, Spanjestraat 141, 8800 Roeselare

*Extra thema: op basis van de uitkomst van de algemene brainstorm meeting bestaat de kans dat er nog extra thema’s geïdentificeerd wordt. Deze zouden dan aan bod komen op 16 nov.

Een meer gedetailleerde agenda met locatie volgt nog naar de ingeschreven bedrijven.

Gelieve zo snel mogelijk jullie deelname met het aantal personen te confirmeren via de inschrijvingsmodule: https://goo.gl/forms/bykgzqpZSAdhgAtK2

Indien u nog vragen heeft of meer inlichtingen wil over dit project, aarzel niet Pack4Food of één van de speerpuntclusters te contacteren!

We hopen op jullie massale belangstelling en deelname!

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MATTERExecution 

MATTER: MECHANICAL AND THERMOCHEMICAL RECYCLING OF MIXED PLASTIC WASTE

The MATTER-project, a two-year Catalisti-ICON project (2018-2019), wants to evaluate the recycling of mixed (post-consumer) plastic waste streams and to use the generated data to develop a decision supporting framework. The MATTER-project is a cooperation between four companies (Indaver, Borealis, Bulk.ID and ECO-oh!), Ghent University (4 research groups) and University of Antwerp (2 research groups). Organizations such Fost+, Plarebel and OVAM will be closely involved in the project execution.

AIM

Within the MATTER-project, technical and market-based criteria will be developed to support an optimal plastic waste management system. More specifically, the project will focus on the P+ fraction (all plastics packaging waste) of the extended P+MD collection and recycling scheme. Partners from across the whole value chain are included in the project consortium: separation and pretreatment (Indaver and Bulk.ID), mechanical recycling (Borealis and ECO-oh!) and thermochemical recycling (Indaver and Borealis). Sustainability analyses will enable the development of a decision-supporting framework.

IMPACT

By generating general knowledge on the recycling of mixed plastic waste and specific knowledge on the optimization of the P+MD recycling scheme, the valorization of the project is twofold. On short-term, the collection of an extra 50.000-150.000 tons of mixed plastic waste is expected for the P+MD scheme, most of which are packaging materials for which not always alternatives to incineration are available today. The results of the MATTER-project will therefore be essential for the development of sustainable recycling solutions for this significant amount of waste. In the longer run, the general recycling knowledge can result in extra activities on the processing of other plastic waste fractions.

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DAP²Definition 

Introduction

Chemical or pharmaceutical companies generate a lot of valuable data which are currently not fully explored because of laborious (pre-)processing activities and the limitations of the available software tools which are typically designed to meet one specific objective. Data generation, however, is going to intensify over the coming years with the growing number of sensors, software applications and data storage capacity. This project aims to maximize data usage in a real-time manner for the benefit of chemical process development and manufacturing ensuring improved process optimization and operational excellence.

Goal

The main goal of the DAP² project will be to effectively implement real time data usage on several test-case processes/unit operations.
Specific tasks and goals to achieve the main goal:

  • To develop and setup a suitable data architecture (data warehousing) that allows machine learning enabled feedback loops in highly regulated environments
  • To develop and test machine-learning/AI data analysis platform
  • Perform test and learns on real time cases and evaluate modelling and data warehouse strategies
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RESCOSubmission 

Reduction of emissions and sustainable (solvents in) polyurethane coating

Project information
Project type: COOP Cooperative Research and Development
Starting date: July 1st 2018
Total project budget: To be determined
Subsidy: To be determined
Introduction

With certain textile PU coating processes solvent is used or even combinations of solvents. For the removal of the solvent gas emissions, the companies use air purification techniques like scrubbers, rotor concentrators and post combustion. In cases where the gas streams have a medium or high load, the efficiency of current technologies is not high enough to reduce the solvent to the required minimum concentrations. The textile coating companies in Flanders are subjected to stricter controls, by the regulation agencies, compared to competitors outside Flanders. The companies need a robust, reliable and efficient emission gas treatment to be combined with their current technique to secure their operations in Flanders.
A feasibility desktopstudy was already performed. This study screened 16 technologies for this use and concluded that 6 technologies show potential to meet the screening criteria: compatibility with running production systems and installations, (expected) effect and efficiency on removal of solvent, ecological and economical sustainability and “user friendly” (working conditions for operators, etc).

Goal

The overall goal of this project will be to tackle persistent issues in the use of the solvent in polyurethane coating applications. The main, short term development will consist of pilot scale solvent emission reduction. The secondary, longer term goal comprises the development of new, sustainable solvents for PU dispersions and coating processes to replace the current solvents while striving to preserve existing coating infrastructure.

Expertise

There is no knowledge gap in the project. No additional partners are required. This document is a notification of a new project.
Please contact Leentje Croes (lcroes@catalisti.be, +32 472 889 776) if you have questions concerning this notification.

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DIGICHEMExecution 

Innovation plan Industry 4.0: towards a digitized chemical and plastics sector in Flanders

Framework

Industry 4.0 is the general term used to describe the technological revolution driven by digitization of products, processes and services. Also known as the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ or simply ‘industry 4.0’.
Industry 4.0 offers interesting possibilities, but for many companies this revolution is a big challenge. The DIGICHEM project was established to help (both large and small) companies in the chemicals and plastics sector to find their way in the complex world of industry 4.0.

Goal

The concrete aim of this study is to develop a collective innovation plan on i4.0 for the Flemish sector of chemistry, plastics and life sciences. This innovation plan must outline the actions that can accelerate the integration of i4.0 technology into the sector.
More specifically, the following actions will be taken in the project:

  • Determine the scope and meaning of i4.0 for the target group
  • Mapping the questions, needs and challenges of companies from the target group regarding i4.0
  • Identification of barriers (internal to companies, legal framework, liability, etc.) regarding i4.0
  • Mapping the supply of services and products with respect to i4.0 with evaluation of the possible added value for the process industry in Flanders
  • Converting acquired insights into a concrete innovation plan i4.0
  • Making the innovation plan i4.0 known to the various stakeholders
Expected results and impact

By drawing up an innovation plan i4.0 in collaboration with actors across the entire value chain, collective business opportunities (= new value chains) and the possible ways to achieve them can be identified and realized. All opportunities that allow growth in the chemical sector in Flanders by implementing i4.0 technologies will be identified and an estimate can be made of where the best return-on-investment lies.
In the long term, the objective is to enable as many companies as possible to integrate the digital possibilities into their business processes, according to their own needs. This project will contribute to the awareness of companies that a transition is needed. It will also identify the different options and provide companies with a knowledge basis for starting the transition in their own company. The project will also offer the companies the opportunity to find the most suitable partners to assist them.

Project information
Project type: VIS Study
Approved on: 05/12/2017
Duration: 01/02/2018 – 31/01/2019
Total project budget: EUR 124.943
Subsidy: EUR 99.955
Partners:
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RECYCOATExecution 

With view on circular economy, recycling of products after use is key. Currently merely 30% of our plastic and textile waste is being recycled. The vast majority of recyclable products are actually one component materials, circumventing the necessity of a separation step.

Coated and laminated materials are difficult to recycle because of their hybrid nature: the coating layer is difficult to separate from the bulk material or the coating layer can be cured to prevent melting or dissolution in conventional solvents.

The current routes for end-of-life of “complex”-composite products are mainly focusing on burning or converting into RDF pellets (Refuse Driven Fuel). The energy content and presence of a fusible fraction (carrier and possibly also coating) explain why this waste disposal method is widely spread. Another commonly used route is mechanical reduction via shredders and subsequent use as filler material.

The project RECYCOAT aims to investigate various technologies to separate the different layers present in complex coated or laminated (multilayer) materials (in particular textiles and plastics). The focus is on developing a good design (eco-design) of the multi-layered products and/or altering the chemistry of the coating or adhesive layer. The material should be developed in such a way that maximum separation (i.e. recycling) is made possible: the different layers present in the complex material must be completely separable from each other.

An example of such a technology is an adapted adhesive layer of a carpet allowing separation in boiling water. After 30 seconds the secondary backing is split off.

This collective project, funded by Catalisti, started beginning of March and will run for two years. Companies are still welcome to join the user committee of the project. For more information, please contact us.

Ine De Vilder (textile) – ivi@centexbel.be

Isabel De Schrijver (plastic) – ids@centexbel.be

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CO2PERATEExecution 

All renewable CCU based on formic acid integrated in an industrial microgrid

The 2030 framework for climate and energy policies contains a binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions in EU territory by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and has the ambition to further reduce them by 80-95% by 2050. As theoretical limits of efficiency are being reached and process-related emissions are unavoidable in some sectors, there is an urgent need to develop efficient carbon capture and utilisation systems. In the past, most research has focused on the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), also referred to as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). CCS is a technology directed to CO2 abatement and removes carbon from the economy. In addition to CCS, CO2 can also be transformed into valuable added products. This is known as carbon capture and utilization (CCU). Since the use of CO2 as a carbon feedstock has the potential to create attractive business cases for production of chemicals, more and more novel CCU technologies are being reported and the range of CO2-derived products is expanding. However, these emerging technologies all have different technology readiness levels (TRL) and a comparison for different technologies is missing.

The main objective of the project is the development of technologies for the conversion of CO2 to value-added chemicals using catalysis and renewable energy. To benchmark, compare and develop the various technologies, the formation of formic acid was selected as the initial target. Formic acid is the first product of the hydrogenation of CO2 towards value-added chemicals. In the project, the development of 4 catalytic routes (homogenous & heterogeneous catalysis, photochemical plasma-catalysis, electrochemical catalysis and bio-catalysis) is planned, enabling the sustainable synthesis of formic acid and more complex value-added chemicals (Single Cell Proteins, etc.). Sustainability is the common denominator of the different routes investigated in the project as they will enable the creation of a circular economy using (i) abundant reagents: CO2, H2O and electricity produced by surplus of renewable energies production through electrolysis and (ii) sustainable catalysts: earth-abundant metals will be used in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, in photochemical and electro-catalytic syntheses, and set-ups will fully exploit renewable electricity. Finally, the potential of enzymatic catalysts (microbes and bacteria) will be exploited to use nitrogen from waste water sources to produce organic molecules of added value and microbial proteins for feed/food applications. At the end of the project, the partners want to be able to select the best technology  (CO2 source, purity and intended product, availability of excess electricity) for the conversion of CO2. A decision support framework will be developed to support this decision process. Via a techno-economic analysis, the different catalytic routes towards formic acid will be benchmarked against each other and against the classical process via base-catalyzed carbonylation of methanol.

The second objective is the valorization of formic acid. On the one hand, formic acid will be used as a building block for the bio-catalytic production of value-added chemicals such as Single Cell Proteins. On the other hand, formic acid is considered as a H2 carrier to propose a circular economy with CO2 and H2/electricity generated from renewable sources (POWER to CHEMICALS): when renewable sources (solar, wind, …) produce energy surplus, this energy can be converted in H2 (through electrolysis) that is chemically converted with CO2 into formic acid. When utilizing the H2 upon conversion of formic acid, CO2 is released and can be used recycled/reused with a new supply of H2 for the formation of formic acid generating a true circular approach.

This project has the ambition to strengthen the position of Flanders in terms of research into CO2-based processes and materials. The relevance of this cluster SBO project is further emphasized by an industrial advisory board, who are eager to implement the results and create economic valorisation. Current members of the advisory board include: 3M, Alco Biofuel, Arcelor Mittal, Avecom, Borealis, Cargill, Eastman, ENGIE Laborelec, Hydrogenics, INEOS, Messer, Monsanto, Nutrition Sciences and Smart Bioprocess.

Project type: cSBO
Approved on: 14/12/2017
Duration: 01/03/2018 – 01/03/2022
Total project budget: EUR 2.612.101
Subsidy: EUR 2.612.101
Partners:  VITO logo blends
 

Advisory Board:

 

                             

 

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BAFTAExecution 

Bio-Aromatics Feedstock and Technology Assessment

General purpose:

Due to lignin’s wide availability, its aromatic structure, as well as the variety of potential modifications offered by its chemical structure, many studies have shown that the real commercial opportunity offered by lignin lies in its valorization as a renewable feedstock of aromatics for the chemical industry. This renewed interest in lignin has stimulated research for the development of an economically viable lignin conversion route into high-added value bio-aromatics as phenol and phenol derivatives.

The intrinsic properties of lignin, the variability of the resource, heterogeneous and polydisperse molar masses and hype-branched structures have, until now, hindered technological and commercial developments. While technology for isolating lignin from biomass is no longer the main obstacle for effective valorization, extensive research is currently being undertaken globally to propose innovative concepts of biorefinery based on disruptive processing/purification technologies.

The objective of the current BAFTA project is to initiate the first steps in closing the virtual “valley of death” between research (knowledge institutes/universities) and industrial scale, thereby focusing on the general aim of the transition towards a biobased chemical industry in Flanders using lignocellulosic feedstock. The target group of companies that will benefit from this project are found throughout the value chain of bio-aromatics, from paper, wood, and waste treatment companies as a primary/secondary source for feedstock, over producers of polymers or fine-chemicals based on phenolic compounds, to formulators in the area of adhesives, UV-stabilizers, dyes, inks, coatings.

Innovation goal:

The main goals of this project are fivefold. First, a technology mapping for the conversion of lignin and wood biomass into useful chemical building blocks will be done. Secondly, a feedstock overview will be worked out both quantitative and qualitative for three different types, being virgin wood, waste wood and lignin. Another goal is creating a clear overview of the IP landscape and freedom-to-operate for conversion technologies of lignin and wood biomass. This will lead to the selection of 2 most promising technologies per feedstock (lignin and wood) based on a decision support framework. A detailed analysis of the two selected technologies per feedstock and recommendations for future research and follow-up projects will be provided. The last goals is the sampling of 4 different technologies at kg-scale and characterization of obtained samples on both stability and reproducibility.

Project type: VIS
Approved on: 05/12/2017
Duration: 01/01/2018 – 31/05/2019
Total project budget: EUR 199.945
Subsidy: EUR 159.956
Partners: KULEUVEN_CMYK_LOGO VITO logo blends