Symbiose

Symbiose: Vlaamse bedrijven wisselen reststromen uit

Bij industriële symbiose wisselen bedrijven nevenstromen met elkaar uit. Op het Symbioseplatform ontmoeten vragers en aanbieders van materialen elkaar. Een ervaren symbioseteam helpt om de juiste contacten te leggen, samen met kennis- en onderzoekscentra.

De OVAM ondersteunt het symbioseplatform, omdat symbiose leidt tot gesloten materiaalkringlopen. Zo vermindert u de hoeveelheid bedrijfsafval en valoriseren we waardevolle reststromen.

Ga naar het symbioseplatform: www.smartsymbiose.com

Symbiose infographicHoe werkt het?

Op het platform vindt u een databank aan vragen en aanbiedingen. U kan daarin materialen opzoeken. Denk aan reststromen, recyclaten of alternatieve grondstoffen die u in uw bedrijf kan inzetten. Of u kan nagaan welke bedrijven op zoek zijn naar een materiaal dat in uw bedrijf als reststroom vrijkomt.

Hebt u interesse in een bepaalde vraag of aanbod? Dan kan u op het platform contact opnemen met het bedrijf waarmee u een samenwerking wil starten. Zonder enige verplichting. De aanbieder of vrager van dat materiaal kiest zelf wanneer het zijn identiteit en detailinformatie deelt.

Ondernemingen bepalen de details van een symbiose-overeenkomst volledig autonoom. Ook de financiële component.

Doe een beroep op het symbioseteam wanneer u een vraag hebt. Zij bieden hulp en expertise over praktische, technologische, logistieke en juridische zaken. Het symbioseteam is een ervaren team, dat onafhankelijk van de OVAM werkt.

De OVAM ondersteunt deze hoogwaardige materiaalvalorisatie bij bedrijven zodat zij meer materiaalkringlopen kunnen sluiten en minder (primaire) materialen verspillen. De OVAM heeft evenwel geen zicht op de individuele bedrijfsdata binnen het online platform, deze zijn enkel zichtbaar voor het Symbioseteam. De OVAM gebruikt enkel de geaggregeerde symbiosedata in haar beleidsmonitoring van de circulaire economie.

Meer weten? Lees onze antwoorden op de veelgestelde vragen. Of contacteer het Symbioseteam op info@smartsymbiose.com

Onze garanties

  • U ontvangt gratis hulp en expertise van een ervaren symbioseteam, zowel over technologische, logistieke als juridische zaken.
  • U bepaalt altijd zelf met wie u uw informatie deelt.
  • Uw samenwerkingen zijn een economische meerwaarde: u kunt uw afvalkost omzetten in een materiaalopbrengst.
  • De milieu-impact van uw bedrijf gaat omlaag.
  • U vergroot uw kennisnetwerk.

 

Het Symbiose-project startte in september 2012 en werd gesubsidieerd door het Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen tot en met december 2015. Catalisti maakte actief deel uit van de uitvoering van het project van september 2014 tot december 2015.

 

LipaMetics

Lipase-catalysed Solvent-free Esterification of Fatty Acids with Lower Alcohols

Background

The traditional process of ester manufacturing uses high temperatures (150-250°C) and chemical catalysts. This translates into extreme reaction conditions, unwanted side reactions, difficult catalyst recovery and poor product quality requiring energy intensive downstream processing.

Goal

In contrast, solvent-free enzyme-catalysed esterification is carried out at milder temperatures and results in a highly selective product with no side reactions, minimal post processing as well as significant energy and cost savings. It shows clear advantages compared to traditional processes through process simplification, increased product quality and reduced carbon footprint. The LipaMetics project therefore aimed to develop a solvent-free enzymatic esterification process for the production of fatty acid esters. The partners in this project – Oleon, Nutrition Sciences, Gova and VITO – set out to research the raw materials, pilot production, general product specifications (Oleon) and applications for cosmetics (Gova) and animal feed (Nutrition Sciences).

Innovation

LipaMetics investigated solvent-free enzymatic synthesis of 4 types of esters. A coupled enzymatic esterification and membrane assisted water removal (produced during esterification) was demonstrated successfully at VITO at 3 L scale. The process resulted in complete fatty acid conversion and very selective water removal by membrane. Moreover, a high enzyme productivity was achieved without any loss in enzyme activity. VITO provided more than 10kg of product to the companies for application testing in cosmetics (Gova) and animal feed (Nutrition Sciences). The final products met the benchmarked specifications. After validation in cosmetic applications of the enzymatically produced product, upscaling was successfully undertaken to replicate the coupled reactor-membrane setup at 200 L scale in an upgraded pilot installation at Oleon’s site.

Business

The innovations achieved in the LipaMetics project will help bridge the gap in available technology for the esterification of fatty acids with lower alcohols. This will result in improved commercial availability of lipase-catalysed esters.

Project type: O&O COOPERATIVE PLUS
Approved on: 18/06/2015
Duration: 01/09/2015 – 31/08/2018
Total project budget: EUR 1.119.003
Partners: gova Logo-Nutrition-Sciences-300x115 VITO logo blends

FRoptiPLAST

Flame Retardants for optimal plastic applications

Goal

A fire hazard occurs when the appropriate conditions are present; a combustible material, oxygen and an ignition source. Plastics have the property that they burn easily, reach high temperatures during combustion and toxic gases are released during combustion. It’s mainly these toxic products that cause fatalities. The most common cause of death by fire, is the release and inhalation of carbon monoxide (CO). Every year, more than 5,000 people die in fires in Europe and more than 4,000 in the United States.

So it is ‘vital’ that the Flemish plastics industry pays attention to this danger, the rules, the incorporation of flame retardants in plastics and the various new technologies that are available for this purpose. In the near future, it will be more and more important to tune the used flame retardant technology to the (plastics)application or product. And as it is with many critical applications, are the requirements, standards and testing becoming increasingly stringent.

Intrinsic flame retardant plastics, plastics in which flame retardant additives are incorporated or that have flame retardant coatings, have a wide range of applications in very different domains, such as electricity, transportation and automotive, foam systems and interior. They work in different ways and in this study we want to list the different possibilities, with emphasis on the latest technologies and features. The advantages and disadvantages of the technologies will be clearly stated and also the economic and regulatory aspects will be taken into account.

The objectives of this feasibility study are:

  • to make an inventory of the available flame retardants, synergistic effects and their usefulness for plastics (processing) companies
  • to make an inventory of the recent research landscape (patent search) to also take into account the latest techniques (the so-called state-of-the-art)
  • to make an inventory of and understand the regional and European regulations, environmental legislation and toxicology
  • to develop a methodology for Flemish companies to help them understand the latest regulations and to have their products comply with these requirements

The study will apply to different products (thermoplastics, thermosets, rubbers) and processing techniques (eg, compounding, injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming). The feasibility study can be followed by one or more follow-up projects to develop new flame-retarding materials or techniques or to implement new techniques within plastic processing companies.

Project information
Project type: VIS project
Approved on: 20/11/2014
Duration: 01/01/2015 – 30/10/2015
Total project budget: EUR 90.357
Subsidy: EUR 72.287
Partners: FPV_divisionFISCH centexbel associatie UGent

LIGNIWASTE

Feasibility Study for Lignin Recovery Using Residual Heat

Goal

This R&D feasibility study will examine whether the lignin-rich wastewater from a paper producer can be purified so that the lignin can be used as feedstock for bio-based chemicals, and so that the purified water can be used for the production of boiler water. In this study both the technical and economic feasibility will be investigated.

Project information
Project type: R&D Feasibility study
Approved on: 04/06/2014
Duration: 01/04/2014 – 31/12/2014
Total project budget: EUR 108.723
Subsidy: EUR 40.822
Partners: Purazur Sappi

BEEHAPPY

Research on the relationship between the health of bee populations and several potential explanatory variables in a spatially explicit way for Belgium

Goal

With this study we want to investigate the possible causal relationships between bee mortality and present explanatory variables of natural or anthropogenic character, and this in a spatially explicit way. The research will be conducted through a GIS analysis (Geographical Information System). The goal is to bring scientific clarity about the causes of the increased bee mortality in Belgium, so in the next step appropriate solutions can be sought. Several chemical companies, in the crop protection sector and the pharmaceutical industry, the machine industry and the biotechnology sector, are interested to contribute innovative developments to improve bee health. But first, there must be clarity about the contribution of various factors to the bee problem. Based on these results, an innovation plan will be developed for this broad audience.

Framework

Bees are producers of honey, but even more important, they play an essential role in maintaining good biodiversity because they are one of the most important pollinators of many plant species. For example, 80% of all pollination activity is due to bees (source: European Commission). However, all around the world, an increased mortality is found in the bee populations (both honeybees and wild bees in). Bee-experts, scientists and governments from around the world agree that several factors are responsible for the high mortality of bees. The problems with bees can be assigned to diseases and parasites (especially the Varroa mite), extraordinary environmental and climatic conditions such as air pollution and electromagnetic radiation, reduced food supply and reduced nesting, but also agriculture (the use of pesticides) and beekeeping practices. At present there is no scientific consensus on the extent to which the various factors described above contribute to bee mortality. Some researchers point especially to the Varroa mite as the main cause, while other researchers point directly to the plant protection. Still other researchers suggest synergistic and combination effects between the different aspects.

Project information
Project type: VIS Feasability study
Approved on: 19/12/2013
Total project budget: EUR 149.506
Subsidy: EUR 119.604
Partners: phytophar
VITO logo blendsassociatie UGent

PU-RE

PU insulation Recycling (PURE): Study of the technical, economic and environmental feasibility of the recycling of construction, demolition and production waste

Framework

Polyurethane foam has been widely used as efficient insulation material in construction for many years. Yard waste and demolition waste end up in the containers with mixed constructionwaste, and after sorting are incinerated with energy recovery. The amount of polyurethane foam scrap from construction yards is still relatively small, but the volume will grow strongly in the coming years.

The PURE project will research recycling techniques for a more high-quality recovery of polyurethane foam insulation in a ‘Closing the Closest Loop’ concept. The techniques should be technically and economically feasible, but also ecologically meaningful. Recticel, Unilin and Vanheede Environmental Logistics work together on this project.

Project type: R&D Feasiblity study
Approved on: 28/05/2014
Duration: 01/09/2014 – 31/08/2015
Total project budget: EUR 201.490
Subsidy: EUR 80.596
Partners: partners

Biovertol

Sustainable synthesis of branched alcohols from bio-based raw materials

BIOVERTOLliggendeng

Project information BIOVERTOL 1
Project type: ICON
Approved on: 17/10/2013
Total project budget: EUR 1.622.095
Subsidy: EUR 1.102.083
Project information BIOVERTOL 2
Project type: ICON
Approved on: 19/11/2015
Duration: 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2017
Total project budget: EUR 1.114.452
Subsidy: EUR 753.777

DEMOSPIR

Demonstration Cultivation of Spirulina in the Greenhouse Sector

Goal

In this project we want to grow the micro-algae Spirulina on demonstration scale (200 m²) in vacant greenhouses that were previously intended for the azalea cultivation. The small-scale, artisanal way, in which sometimes Spirulina is already grown in France, will be optimized and professionalized using the know-how from the Flemish tomatoes cultivation. A number of non-technical and automation parameters will be optimized to annual yield, product quality and cost per kg of product. This concerns control, lighting, heating, harvest, recirculation, first processing and preservation. Besides optimizing the production demo scale, the market potential in the food sector will also be briefly examined.

Project information
Project type: SME Feasability study
Approved on: 19/12/2013
Total project budget: EUR 45.436
Subsidy: EUR 22.719
Partners: AnKo Projects, Plant Projects BVBA, DE ROMAANSE POORT BVBA, Gekruid