A boat tour of the Port of Amsterdam – where bio-based economy ambitions meets business open exclusively for Bio-Based Live attendees. Numbers are limited, so don’t delay and register today! The port of Amsterdam is home to a large maritime and industrial eco-system of bio-based and recycling companies, as well as breeding ground for innovation. Port of Amsterdam drives sustainable innovations, technological breakthroughs and intelligent start-ups.
AEB is the Amsterdam waste to energy company that produces electricity, heat and steam. The company has an ambition to render the vast stream of organic household waste into more valuable materials. Waternet is the Amsterdam water company that controls the total water cycle. It is strategically located next to AEB for optimal synergies of waste and feedstock. Waternet produces 11 Nm3 biogas/annum. OrangeGas sells part of that gas as vehicle fuel, CNG.
Formerly known as ‘Greenmills’, this cluster is one of the largest biorefinery clusters in Europe. With companies like Rotie, Biodiesel Amsterdam, Tankstorage Amsterdam and Orgaworld and ChainCraft this cluster produces over 25 million m3 of biogas, 5 MW of electricity and heat, 5,000 tons of fertilizer from organic waste, and 120,000 tons of biodiesel from animal fat and used cooking oil. The technology company ChainCraft develops a fermentation platform to render organic waste into medium fatty acids and other chemical building blocks for high value conversion of the organic waste streams.
The Amsterdam area has a long standing tradition in chemical innovation and R&D. Shell Global Solutions is situated near the port for over 100 years with over 1,000 researchers. With companies like Avantium and Albemarle on research and innovation on catalysts and the renowned institutes at the Amsterdam Science Park (ASP). The Port collaborates with ASP and Innovation Lab Chemistry Amsterdam on developing pilot infrastructure for chemical start-ups. To that end, the Port created Prodock, a warehouse and community for accelerating biobased and circular innovation. The Port is driving force behind the Chemistry Platform Amsterdam where research and business meet.
The biobased projects in the port are focussed on collaboration between the Port, Waternet and AEB in Clean Capital. Together with Orgaworld they collaborate in Waste to Aromatics a research project on converting lignocellulose-base waste into furans, an important chemical building block. Waternet and AEB are also involved in Power to Protein, to use electricity surpluses for bacterial production of protein. Within Clean Capital a diversity of conversion platforms are being tested, e.g. HTU/pyrolysis of organic waste, power to methanol and power to gas.
The port has reserved 16 hectares for further develop a new biorefinery to offer a platform of sugars, lignin, steam, gasses and infrastructure for pilots and pre-commercial technologies, the Biopark Amsterdam.
Gain an exclusive view of some of the most advanced laboratories in the bio-based economy, during the lunch times of Bio-Based Live. The work done in these labs and the facilities are very relevant for biomass conversion. There are four different tours, focussing on heterogeneous/solid catalysis, homogeneous catalysis, biocatalysis and analytical chemistry.
“Efficient production of chemicals is crucial for a sustainable society in which a growing world population faces problems associated with the scarcity of materials, energy and feedstock. Catalysis is the key enabling technique in ensuring atom and energy efficient synthesis and in storing and releasing chemical energy. HIMS researchers aim to develop new, inexpensive and sustainable catalysts that improve the efficiency of chemical transformations. The research team consists of a group of highly interdisciplinary and world-renowned top-scientists with expertise in the fields of catalyst design, synthesis, kinetics, (spectroscopic) characterization, modeling and testing under applied conditions.
The team is strong in both fundamental research and applied catalysis. Applied research is performed in close collaboration with various industrial partners and in spin-off companies. In a national perpective HIMS is the only place where multiple catalysis disciplines such as homogeneous catalysis, supramolecular catalysis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, biocatalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, organocatalysis and photocatalysis are studied simultaneously. Adding to this HIMS has a lot of expertise in the fields of analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, photonics and computational chemistry. Join myself and the department with an exclusive tour of some of our fantastic laboratories here at the University of Amsterdam.”
Professor Shiju, Sustainable Chemistry Group, University of Amsterdam