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VLAIO informs: EFRO (ERDF)/Interreg Programme 2021-2027

This session for cluster member companies and organisations will focus on the opportunities for cluster members in several EFRO/Interreg programmes for Flanders. Companies in existing projects will share their experience. The session will offer the right insights, inspiration and motivation to apply for these programmes.

EFRO in Dutch refers to ERDF or European Regional Development Fund.
Interreg is an interregional cooperation programma co-funded by the EU.
 
🗒When & where:
Monday 28 November 2022
1000 Brussels, Atelier Vlaams Bouwmeester, Ravensteingalerij 54-59 (5′ from Brussel-Centraal) 
Timing
 12:30-13:30: registration, sandwich lunch
13:30-15:30: information, testimonials, Q&A

Catalisti Day June 8 2022


A warm welcome to our Catalisti Day 2022 on 8 June which will take place at the historical mine site in Genk, Thor Park.
 
The Catalisti Day is a half-day event, with one purpose: Connect to Innovate! For this event we hand-picked some thought-provoking keynotes for you, we crafted an overview with results and updates on Catalisti projects, and finally created the ideal setting for interpersonal exchanges.
 
Let’s dive into the bioeconomy and the renewable plastics perspective, brought to you by Dieter Cuypers (VITO), Dries Maes (EWI) and Peter Goult (SystemIQ). Later we will get inspired by Michael Carus (Nova-Institute) view on the biggest transformation of the chemical sector since the industrial revolution. All presentations will be in English.


Program

Starting at 13h00:
  • Registration & lunch
Part one:
  • Welcome by Ann Verlinden (Managing Director at Catalisti)
  • Keynote: Renewable Carbon from Biomass by Dieter Cuypers (VITO) & Dries Maes (EWI)
  • Keynote: ReShaping Plastics by Peter Goult (SystemIQ)
Break & innovation tour

Part two:
  • Keynote: The biggest transformation of the chemical sector since the industrial revolution by Michael Carus (Nova-Institute)
  • Interactive panel conversation with Catalisti frontrunners
  • Closing remarks by Ann Verlinden & Wouter De Geest (Chairman Catalisti)
  • Networking and walking dinner
Ending around aprox. 19h

Register now!


Innovation Fund: third large-scale call for saving energy and scaling back fossil-fuel dependency

Launch: November 2022 – Deadline: Q1 2023

In the context of REPowerEU, the Innovation Fund has announced that it will double its efforts to save energy and scale back dependency on fossil fuels. The European DG Climate Action already organised a few workshops this summer (heat pumps, energy storage, renewable energy, electrolysers & fuel cells). The third Innovation Fund large-scale call will support:
(1) innovative electrification and hydrogen applications in industry;
(2) innovative clean tech manufacturing (such as electrolysers and fuel cells, innovative renewable equipment, energy storage or heat pumps for industrial uses);
(3) mid-sized pilot projects for validating, testing and optimising highly innovative solutions.
This call has also been announced by the Flemish government (energiesparen.be – VEKA).

More information about the call
REPowerEU Plan

How can citizens and businesses save energy? Factsheet on energy saving (image source)

New to the Catalisti Team

Meet the most recent Catalysts to join our team:

Stef Koelewijn

Stef joined Catalisti in April as Program Manager. He has a background in valorizing (in)organic waste streams within the context of a circular economy. Stef holds a PhD in the field of sustainable chemocatalytic engineering. He will be mainly responsible for project brokerage within the innovation program carbon circularity and resource efficiency.


Otto van den Berg

Otto joined the Catalisti team at the beginning of July. He has a background as an entrepreneur working on renewable intermediates for different industries. Otto holds a PhD in the field of polymer chemistry. He will be responsible for the follow up of projects involving carbon circularity and bio-based materials chemistry.


Aagje Van Cauwelaert

Aagje joined the team in June 2022 as Communication Officer. She has a background in Germanic languages and the history of ideas. She likes to work on communication for societal themes and the transition we need to make to a sustainable planet.


We still have a job opening for Project Manager. Check out our job page!

Catalisti werft aan: Program Manager


Over deze functie

Er beweegt heel wat in de chemie- en kunststoffensector. Elke dag werkt de sector over landsgrenzen heen aan innovatieve technologieën, producten en processen om ons leven te vergemakkelijken en de transitie naar een duurzame industrie te versnellen. Als speerpuntcluster voor de chemie- en kunststoffensector in Vlaanderen, draagt Catalisti actief bij aan deze innovaties.

Ben ook jij gebeten door innovatie? Werk je graag rond concrete innovatieprojecten en toekomstgerichte businessopportuniteiten? Vind ook jij dat duurzaamheid en competitiviteit hand in hand gaan? Wil jij de Vlaamse industrie via internationale partnerschappen versterken? Solliciteer dan als Program Manager bij Catalisti en geef de duurzame industrie van morgen mee vorm!



Jouw profiel

Je beschikt over een PhD in de exacte of toegepaste wetenschappen en je bent opgeleid tot bijvoorbeeld (bio)chemicus, biotechnoloog, burgerlijk ingenieur, bio-ingenieur of industrieel ingenieur. Idealiter heb je aantoonbare kennis en ervaring over kunststofrecylage en circulaire producten en/of processen. Circulariteit en kunststofrecyclage boeien jou, en je bouwt graag je kennis en netwerk hierrond uit. Affiniteit met open innovatie, economische valorisatie, business development of het uitwerken van projectaanvragen is een meerwaarde.

Je wil graag frontrunner zijn, innovatieve technologieën, processen en producten van nabij opvolgen, en baanbrekende innovatieprojecten opzetten.

Je gelooft in de kracht van samenwerking, werkt graag in teamverband, bouwt vlot een netwerk uit, bent in staat om de noden en wensen van verschillende actoren in rekening te brengen, erkent nuances, en gaat van nature op zoek naar opportuniteiten en oplossingen.

Je spreekt Nederlands en hebt een goede kennis van het Engels.

Je bent vertrouwd met het Microsoft Office-pakket.


Jouw verantwoordelijkheden als Program Manager

Als Program Manager verbind je technisch-wetenschappelijke kennis aan bedrijfsnoden en toekomstgerichte innovaties. Je neemt een echte voortrekkersrol op binnen jouw expertisedomein. Je hebt een gevarieerd takenpakket, waaronder:

  • het identificeren van interessante innovatiekansen en -partners in chemie en kunststoffen
  • het opzetten en opvolgen van innovatieprojecten met meerdere bedrijven, universiteiten en/of onderzoeksinstellingen (projectmanagement: van ideedetectie, brokerage en bemiddeling tot projectrealisatie)
  • het selecteren en implementeren van een geschikt projecttype of financieringsinstrument
  • het beschermen van IP door bemiddeling tussen innovatiepartners
  • het identificeren en realiseren van sector- en clusteroverschrijdende initiatieven
  • het uitbouwen van een netwerk met spelers die aansluiten bij jouw expertisedomein, en dat zowel binnen de bedrijfswereld als binnen het academische landschap (community building)
  • het verlenen van business support, subsidie-advies en individuele strategische begeleiding aan Catalisti-leden


Jouw voordelen

Als Program Manager kom je terecht in het hart van het Vlaams innovatielandschap. Je hebt rechtstreeks toegang tot een rijk netwerk aan professionals in chemie en kunststoffen. Je krijgt de kans om je eigen expertisedomein voortdurend te verdiepen en te verbreden. Zo maken we jou bijvoorbeeld wegwijs in subsidiemechanismen en IP.

Je kan je prima ontplooien dankzij de:

  • open werksfeer in onze dynamische organisatie
  • intensieve samenwerking binnen ons klein en enthousiast team
  • flexibele werkomgeving (met combinatie kantoor- en thuiswerk)

Verder biedt Catalisti jou een:

  • contract van onbepaalde duur
  • marktconform loon
  • mooi pakket aan extralegale voordelen (bedrijfswagen, maaltijdcheques, …)
  • leerrijke omgeving

Een match met jouw profiel? Zo solliciteer je:

Grijp snel jouw kans en stuur je cv en een heldere motivatiebrief naar Managing Director Ann Verlinden (sollicitaties@catalisti.be). We kijken uit naar jouw sollicitatie!

Vragen over deze vacature of de functie van Program Manager? Contacteer info@catalisti.be


Wordt uw bedrijf een Factory of the Future?

Catalisti gaat samen met technologiefederatie Agoria opnieuw op zoek naar Factories of the Future. Omarmt uw onderneming de digitalisering binnen industrie 4.0 en heeft uw bedrijf de voorbije jaren uitzonderlijke prestaties geleverd om performanter te kunnen werken, te automatiseren of de kwaliteit te verbeteren? Heeft u grote stappen gezet op het vlak van technologie, arbeidsorganisatie, duurzaamheid of groei van het personeelsbestand? Stel u dan kandidaat voor deze prestigieuze award! Wie weet vervoegt u sectorbedrijven Janssen Pharmaceutica, L’Oréal Libramont, Rousselot, Takeda, TotalEnergies Ertvelde en Vinventions.

Maar eerst: weet hoever u staat!

Bent u klaar om een Factory of the Future te worden? Voer de Factory of the Future-scan uit, ontdek hoever u staat en zet de eerste stap naar een duurzame toekomst. Behaalt u een score van minstens 8/10 op de zeven kerntransformaties? Bevestig dan uw kandidatuur voor 23 juni via het inschrijvingsformulier of via mail.

 Waarom deelnemen?

  • Evalueer uw aanpak en maak de stand van zaken op van uw transformatie naar een Factory of the Future. Ten minste vier experts beoordelen de maturiteit van uw onderneming op het vlak van de zeven dimensies van de methodologie. Na de evaluatie ontvangt u een rapport
  • Valoriseer het werk van degenen die elke dag bezig zijn met de transformatie van uw onderneming
  • Word erkend als inspirerende organisatie op een of meerdere transformatiedomeinen
  • Leer bij, wissel best practices uit en krijg feedback tijdens ons activiteitenprogramma
  • Vergroot uw visibiliteit:
    • Erkenning van uw onderneming op gewestelijk en nationaal niveau
    • Externe erkenning tijdens de awarduitreiking en dankzij de daaropvolgende communicatie
    • Realisatie van een bedrijfsvideo die u in uw eigen communicatiecampagne kunt gebruiken

Timing

  • 23 juni 2022: uiterste datum om kandidaturen te bevestigen via het inschrijvingsformulier of via mail
  • 15 september 2022: uiterste datum om kandidaatsdossiers in te dienen
  • December 2022: validatie van de winnaars door de jury
  • Februari 2023: voorbereiding van de prijsuitreiking

Download de guidelines Factory of the Future 2022-2023

Meer Info

Ann Verlinden
Managing Director
+32 491 861 717
averlinden@catalisti.be

New additions to the Catalisti Team!

Martijn Mertens

Martijn joined the Catalisti team as project manager in February. Earlier this year, he successfully defended his PhD in the faculty of Science – Chemistry at Hasselt University. More information about his solar cell research can be found in De Standaard. Martijn will also be responsible for the international projects and collaborations at Catalisti. Glad to have you with us Martijn!
dr. Martijn Mertens, Project Manager

Julie Jannes

Julie started her internship at Catalisti in February and will be with us until the end of April. She is studying a master’s degree in communication science at Ghent University and is helping us out with all of our communication outlets as well as helping with the organisation of Catalisti Day, welcome!
Julie Jannes, Communications Intern

Join the ‘Pot Marigold’ Advisory Board

Is your company a candidate processor or buyer of pot marigold raw materials, the flowers, the seeds or derivatives thereof such as flower extract or seed oil, from locally grown pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)?

In the context of an agricultural project, it has been established that the cultivation of pot marigold for Flemish agriculture is technically feasible and, provided that it is scaled up and optimized, also profitable. Eleven pioneers have already tried the cultivation and no less than 52 farmers are interested. Pot marigold can be grown for a dual purpose: first, flowers are harvested several times and then seeds are harvested. The crop looks beautiful in the Flemish agricultural landscape (see photo) and also contributes to biodiversity (supporting beneficial insects). In the short term, our pioneers can realize a production of about 10 ha, good for about 5 tons of seeds and 5 tons of dried flowers. The yields per hectare are currently not yet optimized and potentially about twice as high. If necessary, the acreage can be scaled up quickly.

Pot marigold offers a wide range of raw materials and possible applications. For the flowers, there are applications in food (dairy, chocolate, jam, …) , cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, medical textiles (antibacterial effect). The seed oil can be used in the paint and coating industry. Also the press cake has applications in animal feed.
The pot marigold raw materials contain several active ingredients:

FLOWER
Apolar (fat-soluble) compounds that can typically be extracted with supercritical CO2:
  • Essential oils are a mixture of volatile, fat-soluble molecules. Essential oils are well known and widely used in ointments for burns, insect bites and skin treatments.
  • Carotenoids are natural, fat-soluble dyes that can be used in food as antioxidants (to preserve oil better and longer) and as colorants.
Polar (water-soluble) compounds that can be extracted from the petals via water and/or alcohol extraction:
  • Polyphenols, aromatic compounds known for their antioxidant properties.
  • Polar natural dyes (flavonoids) that can be used in food or textiles.


SEEDS
Oil can be extracted or pressed from the seeds. The oil content of the seeds is around 20%. This oil contains high concentrations (50-65%) of C18:3 Calendic Acid. This oil can be used in high quality resins and paints and hopefully in the future in food applications after going through the novel food procedure. After removing the oil, a press cake remains that can be used in animal feed.

Despite these numerous possibilities, there is currently no concrete sale of Calendula raw materials in Flanders. Therefore, we are looking for companies that want to work with these raw materials. Are you interested? Then you can commit yourself as a member of the guidance group of the project ‘Marketing and product quality as keys to the success of pot marigold cultivation’. In this VLAIO La-traject Praktijkpunt Landbouw Vlaams-Brabant and ILVO work together on new cultivation techniques and on markering of the flowers and seeds to achieve better product quality and rendability. If this project is approved, you will be closely involved in the further development of the pot marigold chain and you will receive, in exchange for your participation in the guidance group and in the co-financing, the necessary test material (quantity to be agreed upon).

For more information about this project, please contact Linsey Garcia-Gonzalez (lgarciagonzalez@catalisti.be))

Hydrogen Matchmaking Event

On 9 November, all Flemish research institutes had the opportunity to present their research on hydrogen in a series of short pitches to an audience of industrial partners.

Research inventory
The Flemish hydrogen strategy focusses on economic and innovative development. Flanders has expressed the ambition to become a European leader in the field of hydrogen. One of the pillars of this Flemish hydrogen vision is the strengthening of the Flemish research base in the field and the drawing up of a “research agenda”.

The federal hydrogen strategy aims to position Belgium as an import and transit hub in Europe for green hydrogen, make the country a leader in hydrogen technologies and create a robust hydrogen market. The focus is mainly on infrastructure to import and transport hydrogen in the future.

In this context, WaterstofNet has made a research inventory of the hydrogen-related research currently being carried out at the Flemish knowledge institutions.

Link with industry
In a quick fire round, the institutes presented the themes of their research. Afterwards, the questions of the industrial partners present were addressed in smaller, topical sessions, such as:
  • Production of hydrogen and e-fuels
  • Transport and storage of hydrogen
  • Use of hydrogen in engines and fuel cells
  • Interaction hydrogen/materials and safety
  • Overarching themes: techno-economic modeling, LCA


Conclusions
Low TRL research is interesting, and there are companies that want to be kept abreast of emerging possibilities and solutions, but in order to be of use to the industry, a vision on valorisation and a valorisation approach needs to be developed from the very inception of the research project, as is the case with the Moonshot projects. Crucially, the business case needs to include the LCA/TEA and the service life span of the materials, right from the lower TRL onwards.

There is a great need for more demonstration projects. The industry has expressed the need for retrofit options and transition solutions. Linking up with start-ups and with technology companies is of particular benefit, which fits right in with the Catalisti mission.

For more information about this article, please contact our colleagues at Catalisti (pit@catalisti.be).