Partners

1. LEITAT

Leitat is a private technical institute with more than 110 years of experience in industrial innovation processes. We transform technological and scientific results into economic and competitive value for our clients and collaborating entities. Over 1500 customers benefit from our talent,  creativity and strong commitment. We bring knowledge and innovation to our customers through applied research and technical testing in the fields of chemistry, energy, environment, materials, engineering and life sciences. We rely upon our 240 highly skilled team members who deliver flexible solutions to face any industrial challenge.

 

www.leitat.org

2. TNO

TNO, The Netherland’s Organisation of Applied Scientific Research, is an independent not-for-profit research organization in the Netherlands, whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO has about 3500 employees working in main research areas, with energy is a leading theme. TNO’s mission is to support industry and society in general in transforming (scientific) knowledge into applicable products and processes of economic and societal value. TNO participates and has participated, both as coordinator and partner, in a large number of national and international research programmes, including many FP6 and FP7-projects. TNO and Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (ECN) have merged as of April 1st, 2018. The sustainable research and development formerly ECN will now continue as “ECN part of TNO” and is referred to in this document as TNO. As a consequence, all ECN business including the employees, all current projects, contracts and facilities relating to the sustainable business of ECN have been transferred to TNO as of April 2018. The TNO Bioenergy and Efficiency (BEE) unit develops advanced uses of biomass, advanced processing and consults on policy development and technical applications. The R&D programme of the unit is divided into four areas: biorefinery (lignocellulosic biomass and seaweed), bioenergy (combustion, gasification, gas cleaning, SNG), sustainable process technology and thermal systems.

 

www.tno.nl

3. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz was originally founded in 1477 and today still strives to emulate the innovational spirit of its namesake. The promotion and introduction of new ideas, the use of knowledge to improve people’s lives and encourage them to overcome the many boundaries they encounter daily – these are the underlying ambitions of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. With roughly 32,000 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof with its University Medical Center, its Academy of Arts and School of Music and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,400 academics, 560 ofwhom are professors, teach and carry out research. JGU offers 75 subjects and numerous combinations, meaning students can obtain degrees in more than 260 disciplines. As the only German university of its size, almost all of the institutions of JGU are located on one single campus near the city center, which is also home to four partner institutes involved in top-level non-university research: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) and the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB). The campus of the University Medical Center is only about a kilometer away and both Mainz Leibniz Association institutions – the Institute of European History (IEG) and the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM) – are located slightly further away in the inner city. In addition to this, many local businesses also carry out research, making Mainz a uniquely dynamic research hub. The JGU enjoys global eminence as a research-driven university. Its main core research areas are particle and hadron physics, the materials sciences and translational medicine. Successes in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments have confirmed JGU’s academic status. In 2012, the research network Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA) was recognized as a cluster of excellence and the financing of the Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) Graduate School of Excellence was extended. Moreover, excellent placings in national and international rankings as well as numerous other honors and awards demonstrate just how successful Mainz-based researchers and academics.

 

www.uni-mainz.de

4. Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes and products for the business sectors health, chemicals, for the process industry as well as for the protection of the environment and for energy storage. The focus of the Straubing branch “BioCat – Bio-, Electro- and Chemocatalysis” is the development of new chemical-, biochemical and electrochemical catalysts and their application in technical synthetic and electrochemical processes. Starting from substrates such as biomass, carbon dioxide or from waste streams, the complete spectrum of catalysis is applied for the development of new chemical products in a sustainable and resource effective manner. With biomass a great diversity of chemical structures are available which can be transformed to useful compounds in a gentle conversion while preserving important functionalities. Main work areas are the development of catalytic processes in the fields of chemocatalysis, electrocatalysis and biocatalysis. Starting from substrates like biomass, carbon dioxide as well as waste streams different catalytic methods are used for a sustainable production of chemical products. Homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical catalysis, enzymatic and microbial as well as electrocatalytic methods are applied, and especially combinations of these disciplines. By the conversion of biomass the goal is to use the big variety of biobased molecules in a meaningful way and to develop energy and resource efficient catalytic processes for the production of valuable chemicals. Examples of our work are the modification of terpenes which are components of a waste stream available from the processing of wood. Synthesized products from terpenes are biotensides, biobased epoxides or monomers for biobased polyamides, polyesters and polycarbonates. Further substrates converted in catalytical processes by BioCat are oils and fatty acids, Lignin and sugars which were used to synthesize functionalized carbonic acids, polymers, monomers for polyesters as well as hydrocolloids.

 

www.fraunhofer.de

5. SINTEF

SINTEF is one of the largest independent research organization in Europe with around 2000 employees and a turnover in the order of 350M€. SINTEF creates value through knowledge generation, research and innovation, and develop technological solutions that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a multidisciplinary organisation with over 90% of the income coming bilateral industrial research contracts and participation in European or National research projects. The institute carries out industrial contract research, as well as basic research in close

collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and the University of Oslo. SINTEF Industry Chemistry specialise in materials- and nano-technology, applied and analytical chemistry, biotechnology and environmental sciences. The involved research groups have comprehensive competence on advanced chemical analysis, modelling, optimization of process units, separation processes and the material and energy integration of bio‐chemical and thermo‐chemical conversion pathways. The institute has extensive knowledge within chemical engineering, catalysis, thermodynamics, reactor modelling, mathematics and flow modelling. The discipline also involves the demonstration of the liability of a product or a process through fundamental laboratory work, manifesting its usefulness in pilot scale and using the results to design and make cost estimates for a full‐scale process. Separation equipment ranges from gas stripping, distillation, liquid‐liquid extraction, membrane and pervaporation units, recently research is directed towards improved energy efficiency of the separation step through development of hybrid processes. Recently, SINTEF has invested approximately 1M€ in a new laboratory for biorefinery processes.

 

www.sintef.no

6. IDENER

IDENER is a research SME that investigates in the multidisciplinary field of Computational Science and its application to the optimization of systems and processes in key areas: Industrial Technologies; ICTs; Biotechnology; Energy; and Resource and Raw Materials Efficiency. This approach results in a high added value that sharpens the competitive edge of complex systems by providing improvements in performance and cost effectiveness. To that end, IDENER integrates concepts from four interrelated and complementary areas: Mathematical Modelling and Simulation; Multidisciplinary Design Optimization; Control Engineering; and Software Engineering. The company has extensive experience in national and European research and is currently participating in up to eight H2020 projects and two nationally-funded projects. Besides, the company participates in major European research communities, such as BIC, SPIRE, BIOPLAT and PLANETIC. In other funded projects such as Biogas2PEM-FC, REE4EU, BioGREEN, AFTERLIFE or BioRECO2VER, the company has taken care of the simulation and mathematical optimization of the proposed solutions using MATLAB and other similar mathematical software. The company can apply its know-how in the area of numerical optimisation for the highly sustainable and efficient development of the activities along entire value chain. To that end, the company will use powerful optimisation algorithms accounting for resources, logistics and processing steps. Moreover, the holistic model of the process can be used as a simulation tool to help to assess the scalability and viability of the process at the desired scale and for the replication in different industrial environments and scenarios.

 

www.aeropolis.es

7. OXIRIS

OXIRIS is a leading manufacturer of antioxidants with a state of the art manufacturing facility.

Employing over 60 people, we have successfully established a recognized presence in over 20 industrial sectors with a blue chip customer’s base with active sales in over 70 countries worldwide. Offering high performance antioxidants to protect against brittleness, color change and odor thereby extending product life, in markets like plastics, rubber, food & feed, lubricants and fuel, personal care and printing inks industries for over 40 years. All products are marketed under the globally protected trademark IONOL®. OXIRIS considers R&D, Innovation and Social Corporate Responsibility the key factor for determining the company’s ability to sustain its competitive advantages.

 

www.oxirischemicals.com

8. CHIMAR

CHIMAR is an innovating R&D SME, which develops and provides competitive chemical technology, R&D and engineering services for the industrial production of adhesives and chemicals as well as for their application in the industrial manufacture of wood-based panels (or composite panels), products used mainly in furniture making and building construction. CHIMAR serves industries all around the world having an international experience of over 40 years. Its technology has been applied via licensing agreements in numerous industrial plants in more than 40 countries and is protected via patent families and trade-secrets. The wood panels produced each year using CHIMAR technology and services account for over 10% of the global wood panel production. CHIMAR is focusing on safe and environmentally friendly products and technologies, following the most stringent requirements worldwide and promoting the sustainability of its industry field. It is a pioneer (over 22 years of R&D expertise) in the development of bio-based adhesive systems derived from renewable biomass resources, natural lignocellulosic materials and lignocellulosic waste. Some but not all of the bio-based materials studied by CHIMAR are: tannin, lignin, lignocellulose, cellulose, pulping liquor from paper production, lignosulphonate, pyrolysis oil, starch (oligo-/polysaccharides), plant/tree proteins, cardanol, liquefied biomass, various sugars (e.g. dextrose), algae products. Bio-based adhesives developed by CHIMAR have been evaluated in the production of wood panels at the lab and pilot scale and the most successful ones at the industrial scale, in direct comparison with commercial adhesives.

 

www.chimarhellas.com

9. Gate2Growth

Gate2Growth is a Danish advisory firm, incorporated in 2000, specializing in supporting innovative SMEs in business development and on funding issues. The staff has extensive experience in conducting both business, financial and socio-economic analysis including business model and value-chain analysis. The services provided are based on in-depth knowledge of political processes, social and environmental issues, and in both the innovation process and investor requirements and public funding requirements. Gate2Growth also provide online tools to support both investors and entrepreneurs are offered to its clients. The company has a broad industry experiences partly from being partner in many EU projects and partly from servicing clients from all over Europe and from very different business and industry sectors. The experience covers sectors as diverse as ICT, Health care, Social services, Medical Devices, Food and food processing, Rural development, Advanced manufacturing and clean technology including the water sector, Biotech, New Materials, Transport, Energy, Mining and Raw materials. The multilingual dedicated staff is able understand the needs and requirements of the different stakeholders involved in the value chain and support them with tools and services. Gate2growth has developed a range of targeted Master Classes, which are addressing all issues connected to business development, including business models, investor readiness, business planning, innovation financing. Recently the accumulated experiences of the company has been summarized in the book written by the CEO, Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen, “How to attract investors, a personal guide in understanding their mindset and requirements” Pan-Stanford Publishing, 2016.

 

www.gate2growth.com

10. University of Alicante

The University of Alicante is a public university established in 1979 providing high quality education and multidisciplinary research. In recent years, it has committed significant efforts and funding to the establishment of several new research institutes. One of them is the Institute of Electrochemistry, established in 2004 with the aim of reaching and maintaining a position of international excellence in the research fields of fundamental and applied electrochemistry. It provides expertise to other academic institutions and companies. In this context, the development of electrochemical processes and methodologies has been one of the main research lines of the institute since its establishment. A number of studies have been addressed within this topic, which include the synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructured electrodes, the preparation of composite and diffusion electrodes, the characterization of electrochemical processes by in situ spectroscopic and analytical techniques or the computational modeling of devices. This materials and techniques have been implemented in a range of batch and flow electrochemical reactors applied in electrochemical synthesis, environmental remediation, electrodialysis and water photoelectrolysis in the framework of different public and private contracts. The Institute of Electrochemistry has successfully participated/participates in some European funded projects within the FP7 and H2020 collaborative program as well as in COST programs, in several nationally funded projects and in a number of contracts with companies. The institute laboratories are equipped with different electrochemical, spectroscopic and analytical techniques. In the same way, the Institute has a remarkable experience in the scale-up of electrochemical processes to a pilot-plant scale as well as in the integration of these processes with electrical power generated from solar energy.

 

www.ua.es

11. MEGARA RESINS

Anastassios Fanis Megara Resins S.A. is a diversified manufacturer and supplier of raw materials for industrial and architectural coatings as well as rosin based and other synthetic resins for the paint, adhesive, paper and construction industry. For over 40 years, A. Fanis Megara Resins S.A. has been a pioneer in creating innovative technologies to help coatings formulators meet their customers’ most demanding applications. Today, the company remains firmly committed to the pillars of innovation and new technologies and is widely regarded as being the most innovative Greek supplier to the coatings industry through its continued investment in R&D, technical support and new product development. Megara Resins offers its customers advanced and diverse products and technologies for surfaces with an emphasis on environmentally friendly products such as powder coating resins, rosin dispersions, alkyd resins, water-based acrylic dispersions, and unsaturated polyester resins. The company is committed to working with its customers to continuously developing environmentally advanced solutions and is dedicated to open communication concerning the safe handling, distribution, use and disposal of the products it makes. Megara Resins is a specialty chemical company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost advantaged production of chemicals from renewable feedstocks and important building blocks for a wide range of functional materials.

 

www.megararesins.com

12. ENSO INNOVATION

ENSO INNOVATION is a technology-based company (SME), located in A Coruña, Spain. Its main activity is focused on technological assesment and technology development of new products and services applied to industry that allow the reduction of environmental impact through the use of facilitating technologies such as advanced materials, environmental solutions, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies. Committed to the environment and innovation, the company has the following main areas of activity: Technological Assesment in the development of new materials, processes and environmentally sustainable solutions giving global support in reducing the environmental impact of productive enterprises, advanced materials for environmental remediation applications, lignin based materials, cellulose nanofibers and nanocrystals, development of low environmental impact materials and high performance materials, development of new and advanced environmental processes, technologies and solutionsd wáter and wastewater treatments, subproducts and waste valorizationaste and biotechnologies, R&D and commercialization of new products and innovative processes that improve the processes of water, air, waste and soil purification through the use of facilitating technologies such as advanced materials, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, R&D and marketing of new materials and mechanical and chemical technologies that reduce the use of fossil resources and the environmental impact of society, Technical assessment and consultancy in technologies, processes and products development and R&D financing: Life Cycle Assessments of processes & products and LCC, water and carbon footprint, strategic consulting, technical consultancy services, R&D internationalization, … Furthermore, ENSO has experience in the execution of Research and Development Activities and Projects.

 

www.ensoinnovation.com

13. CONDIAS

The company CONDIAS GmbH was established in 2001 under the German law in Itzehoe (Germany). CONDIAS GmbH has 30 employees at the end of 2017. The employees are scientists, engineers and skilled engineering workers. CONDIAS develops and produces conductive diamond electrodes (DIACHEM®), electrode stacks and electrochemical cells. CONDIAS is the world´s leading supplier of diamond electrodes and applications based on diamond electrodes, which is due to constantly growing production capacities and exclusive know-how protected by patents and intellectual property rights in the long term. Because of many years of experience and the implementation of numerous projects in different industries. CONDIAS Process Development is the right contact for a joint development of customized solutions.

 

www.condias.de

14. Evonik

Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH (ERE) belongs to the Evonik Group, which is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies. In fiscal 2016, Evonik generated sales of around €12.7 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.165 billion. It is active in more than 100 countries with 36,000 employees. The Resource Efficiency segment is led by ERE and brings together Evonik’s activities in specialty chemicals for industrial applications. It supplies high performance materials for environmentally friendly as well as energyefficient systems to the automotive, paints & coatings, adhesives, construction, and several other industries. This segment employed about 8,900 employees, and generated sales of around €4.5 billion in 2016. ERE’s High Performance Polymers Business Line specializes in producing custom-tailored solutions made from high-performance polymers. Its product portfolio ranges from VESTAMID® polyamide molding compounds, which have been consistently and successfully adapted to the requirements of the automotive industry for the past fifty years, and high-quality sheet products, for example for medical technology, to the development of entire modules such as SEPURAN® Green for upgrading biogas efficiently. The portfolio includes various high-performance polyamides like VESTAMID®, VESTOSINT® und TROGAMID®, some of them are made from renewable resources. They can be found in the soles of athletic shoes and in sunglasses, toothbrushes and the coating of dishwasher racks, in gas pipes and flexible oil pipes, as well as in various safety relevant car components. Within the project ERE intends to evaluate and test several substances produced electrochemically from Lignin by JGU. The substances will be evaluated concerning their suitability as monomers for polymerisation. The Tests include trials of polyamide synthesis, determination of their fundamental properties and of further application relevant properties in selected cases. For promising compounds ERE will also perform the electrochemical monomer production in a larger scale using a flow cell to be provided by SINTEF. Finally, the application possibilities of the polyamides will be considered on the basis of the results. As ERE’s High Performance Polymers Business Line is experienced for decades in developing polyamides by performing synthesis trials of monomers and polymerisation, properties testing and evaluation of application possibilities, its profile matches perfectly to the proposed tasks.

 

www.corporate.evonik.com

15. Perstorp

Perstorp AB is a world leader in a number of sectors for specialty chemicals in a multitude of applications. The products are used within the aviation-, automotive-, coating-, plastic-, construction- and agricultural industry. They are found in cars, food and feed, packaging, textile and electronics products. The group has 1 500 employees and manufacturing in 11 countries (Asia, Europe, and North America). The turnover is approximately 11 BSEK. The corporation is owned by the French venture capital company PAI Partners. The Innovation Department includes Market Development, Research & Development, and Strategy. We have three main R&D laboratories, in Perstorp (Sweden), Warrington (UK), and Mumbai (India). The Company is interested in the technology areas of chemicals, surface coatings, feed and food, adhesives, polymer materials, synthetic lubricants, and fuel additives. The research and development of renewable raw materials, and innovations towards sustainable chemical solutions are areas of particular interest to our Company.

 

www.perstorp.com

16. NX Filtration

NX Filtration (NXF) produces a variety of filtration membranes. NXF is specialized in the production of hollow fiber membranes, with a selective layer on the inner surface of the fiber. Our product portfolio encompasses membranes with different pore sizes: such as: 5, 15 (ultrafiltration) 100, 200, and 500 nm (microfiltration). In addition, NXF produces innovative nanofiltration membranes based on polyelectrolyte multilayers. These nanofiltration membranes have an effective pore size below 1 nm. The membranes of NXF can be used in a variety of applications. At the moment, these are mainly in (waste) water purification and in food and beverage application. Furthermore, NXF develops specialized membranes and filtration processes with strategic partners that meet specific demands of a (niche) process step. Examples are membranes with tailor pore sizes, membranes with a positive charge of chemical functionalities or even membranes with a specialized geometry.

 

www.nxfiltration.com

1. LEITAT

Leitat is a private technical institute with more than 110 years of experience in industrial innovation processes. We transform technological and scientific results into economic and competitive value for our clients and collaborating entities. Over 1500 customers benefit from our talent,  creativity and strong commitment. We bring knowledge and innovation to our customers through applied research and technical testing in the fields of chemistry, energy, environment, materials, engineering and life sciences. We rely upon our 240 highly skilled team members who deliver flexible solutions to face any industrial challenge.

 

www.leitat.org

2. TNO

TNO, The Netherland’s Organisation of Applied Scientific Research, is an independent not-for-profit research organization in the Netherlands, whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO has about 3500 employees working in main research areas, with energy is a leading theme. TNO’s mission is to support industry and society in general in transforming (scientific) knowledge into applicable products and processes of economic and societal value. TNO participates and has participated, both as coordinator and partner, in a large number of national and international research programmes, including many FP6 and FP7-projects. TNO and Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (ECN) have merged as of April 1st, 2018. The sustainable research and development formerly ECN will now continue as “ECN part of TNO” and is referred to in this document as TNO. As a consequence, all ECN business including the employees, all current projects, contracts and facilities relating to the sustainable business of ECN have been transferred to TNO as of April 2018. The TNO Bioenergy and Efficiency (BEE) unit develops advanced uses of biomass, advanced processing and consults on policy development and technical applications. The R&D programme of the unit is divided into four areas: biorefinery (lignocellulosic biomass and seaweed), bioenergy (combustion, gasification, gas cleaning, SNG), sustainable process technology and thermal systems.

 

www.tno.nl

3. Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz was originally founded in 1477 and today still strives to emulate the innovational spirit of its namesake. The promotion and introduction of new ideas, the use of knowledge to improve people’s lives and encourage them to overcome the many boundaries they encounter daily – these are the underlying ambitions of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. With roughly 32,000 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof with its University Medical Center, its Academy of Arts and School of Music and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,400 academics, 560 ofwhom are professors, teach and carry out research. JGU offers 75 subjects and numerous combinations, meaning students can obtain degrees in more than 260 disciplines. As the only German university of its size, almost all of the institutions of JGU are located on one single campus near the city center, which is also home to four partner institutes involved in top-level non-university research: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPI-C), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P), the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM) and the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB). The campus of the University Medical Center is only about a kilometer away and both Mainz Leibniz Association institutions – the Institute of European History (IEG) and the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM) – are located slightly further away in the inner city. In addition to this, many local businesses also carry out research, making Mainz a uniquely dynamic research hub. The JGU enjoys global eminence as a research-driven university. Its main core research areas are particle and hadron physics, the materials sciences and translational medicine. Successes in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments have confirmed JGU’s academic status. In 2012, the research network Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA) was recognized as a cluster of excellence and the financing of the Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) Graduate School of Excellence was extended. Moreover, excellent placings in national and international rankings as well as numerous other honors and awards demonstrate just how successful Mainz-based researchers and academics.

 

www.uni-mainz.de

4. Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB develops and optimizes processes and products for the business sectors health, chemicals, for the process industry as well as for the protection of the environment and for energy storage. The focus of the Straubing branch “BioCat – Bio-, Electro- and Chemocatalysis” is the development of new chemical-, biochemical and electrochemical catalysts and their application in technical synthetic and electrochemical processes. Starting from substrates such as biomass, carbon dioxide or from waste streams, the complete spectrum of catalysis is applied for the development of new chemical products in a sustainable and resource effective manner. With biomass a great diversity of chemical structures are available which can be transformed to useful compounds in a gentle conversion while preserving important functionalities. Main work areas are the development of catalytic processes in the fields of chemocatalysis, electrocatalysis and biocatalysis. Starting from substrates like biomass, carbon dioxide as well as waste streams different catalytic methods are used for a sustainable production of chemical products. Homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical catalysis, enzymatic and microbial as well as electrocatalytic methods are applied, and especially combinations of these disciplines. By the conversion of biomass the goal is to use the big variety of biobased molecules in a meaningful way and to develop energy and resource efficient catalytic processes for the production of valuable chemicals. Examples of our work are the modification of terpenes which are components of a waste stream available from the processing of wood. Synthesized products from terpenes are biotensides, biobased epoxides or monomers for biobased polyamides, polyesters and polycarbonates. Further substrates converted in catalytical processes by BioCat are oils and fatty acids, Lignin and sugars which were used to synthesize functionalized carbonic acids, polymers, monomers for polyesters as well as hydrocolloids.

 

www.fraunhofer.de

5. SINTEF

SINTEF is one of the largest independent research organization in Europe with around 2000 employees and a turnover in the order of 350M€. SINTEF creates value through knowledge generation, research and innovation, and develop technological solutions that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a multidisciplinary organisation with over 90% of the income coming bilateral industrial research contracts and participation in European or National research projects. The institute carries out industrial contract research, as well as basic research in close

collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and the University of Oslo. SINTEF Industry Chemistry specialise in materials- and nano-technology, applied and analytical chemistry, biotechnology and environmental sciences. The involved research groups have comprehensive competence on advanced chemical analysis, modelling, optimization of process units, separation processes and the material and energy integration of bio‐chemical and thermo‐chemical conversion pathways. The institute has extensive knowledge within chemical engineering, catalysis, thermodynamics, reactor modelling, mathematics and flow modelling. The discipline also involves the demonstration of the liability of a product or a process through fundamental laboratory work, manifesting its usefulness in pilot scale and using the results to design and make cost estimates for a full‐scale process. Separation equipment ranges from gas stripping, distillation, liquid‐liquid extraction, membrane and pervaporation units, recently research is directed towards improved energy efficiency of the separation step through development of hybrid processes. Recently, SINTEF has invested approximately 1M€ in a new laboratory for biorefinery processes.

 

www.sintef.no

6. IDENER

IDENER is a research SME that investigates in the multidisciplinary field of Computational Science and its application to the optimization of systems and processes in key areas: Industrial Technologies; ICTs; Biotechnology; Energy; and Resource and Raw Materials Efficiency. This approach results in a high added value that sharpens the competitive edge of complex systems by providing improvements in performance and cost effectiveness. To that end, IDENER integrates concepts from four interrelated and complementary areas: Mathematical Modelling and Simulation; Multidisciplinary Design Optimization; Control Engineering; and Software Engineering. The company has extensive experience in national and European research and is currently participating in up to eight H2020 projects and two nationally-funded projects. Besides, the company participates in major European research communities, such as BIC, SPIRE, BIOPLAT and PLANETIC. In other funded projects such as Biogas2PEM-FC, REE4EU, BioGREEN, AFTERLIFE or BioRECO2VER, the company has taken care of the simulation and mathematical optimization of the proposed solutions using MATLAB and other similar mathematical software. The company can apply its know-how in the area of numerical optimisation for the highly sustainable and efficient development of the activities along entire value chain. To that end, the company will use powerful optimisation algorithms accounting for resources, logistics and processing steps. Moreover, the holistic model of the process can be used as a simulation tool to help to assess the scalability and viability of the process at the desired scale and for the replication in different industrial environments and scenarios.

 

www.aeropolis.es

7. OXIRIS

OXIRIS is a leading manufacturer of antioxidants with a state of the art manufacturing facility.

Employing over 60 people, we have successfully established a recognized presence in over 20 industrial sectors with a blue chip customer’s base with active sales in over 70 countries worldwide. Offering high performance antioxidants to protect against brittleness, color change and odor thereby extending product life, in markets like plastics, rubber, food & feed, lubricants and fuel, personal care and printing inks industries for over 40 years. All products are marketed under the globally protected trademark IONOL®. OXIRIS considers R&D, Innovation and Social Corporate Responsibility the key factor for determining the company’s ability to sustain its competitive advantages.

 

www.oxirischemicals.com

8. CHIMAR

CHIMAR is an innovating R&D SME, which develops and provides competitive chemical technology, R&D and engineering services for the industrial production of adhesives and chemicals as well as for their application in the industrial manufacture of wood-based panels (or composite panels), products used mainly in furniture making and building construction. CHIMAR serves industries all around the world having an international experience of over 40 years. Its technology has been applied via licensing agreements in numerous industrial plants in more than 40 countries and is protected via patent families and trade-secrets. The wood panels produced each year using CHIMAR technology and services account for over 10% of the global wood panel production. CHIMAR is focusing on safe and environmentally friendly products and technologies, following the most stringent requirements worldwide and promoting the sustainability of its industry field. It is a pioneer (over 22 years of R&D expertise) in the development of bio-based adhesive systems derived from renewable biomass resources, natural lignocellulosic materials and lignocellulosic waste. Some but not all of the bio-based materials studied by CHIMAR are: tannin, lignin, lignocellulose, cellulose, pulping liquor from paper production, lignosulphonate, pyrolysis oil, starch (oligo-/polysaccharides), plant/tree proteins, cardanol, liquefied biomass, various sugars (e.g. dextrose), algae products. Bio-based adhesives developed by CHIMAR have been evaluated in the production of wood panels at the lab and pilot scale and the most successful ones at the industrial scale, in direct comparison with commercial adhesives.

 

www.chimarhellas.com

9. Gate2Growth

Gate2Growth is a Danish advisory firm, incorporated in 2000, specializing in supporting innovative SMEs in business development and on funding issues. The staff has extensive experience in conducting both business, financial and socio-economic analysis including business model and value-chain analysis. The services provided are based on in-depth knowledge of political processes, social and environmental issues, and in both the innovation process and investor requirements and public funding requirements. Gate2Growth also provide online tools to support both investors and entrepreneurs are offered to its clients. The company has a broad industry experiences partly from being partner in many EU projects and partly from servicing clients from all over Europe and from very different business and industry sectors. The experience covers sectors as diverse as ICT, Health care, Social services, Medical Devices, Food and food processing, Rural development, Advanced manufacturing and clean technology including the water sector, Biotech, New Materials, Transport, Energy, Mining and Raw materials. The multilingual dedicated staff is able understand the needs and requirements of the different stakeholders involved in the value chain and support them with tools and services. Gate2growth has developed a range of targeted Master Classes, which are addressing all issues connected to business development, including business models, investor readiness, business planning, innovation financing. Recently the accumulated experiences of the company has been summarized in the book written by the CEO, Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen, “How to attract investors, a personal guide in understanding their mindset and requirements” Pan-Stanford Publishing, 2016.

 

www.gate2growth.com

10. University of Alicante

The University of Alicante is a public university established in 1979 providing high quality education and multidisciplinary research. In recent years, it has committed significant efforts and funding to the establishment of several new research institutes. One of them is the Institute of Electrochemistry, established in 2004 with the aim of reaching and maintaining a position of international excellence in the research fields of fundamental and applied electrochemistry. It provides expertise to other academic institutions and companies. In this context, the development of electrochemical processes and methodologies has been one of the main research lines of the institute since its establishment. A number of studies have been addressed within this topic, which include the synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructured electrodes, the preparation of composite and diffusion electrodes, the characterization of electrochemical processes by in situ spectroscopic and analytical techniques or the computational modeling of devices. This materials and techniques have been implemented in a range of batch and flow electrochemical reactors applied in electrochemical synthesis, environmental remediation, electrodialysis and water photoelectrolysis in the framework of different public and private contracts. The Institute of Electrochemistry has successfully participated/participates in some European funded projects within the FP7 and H2020 collaborative program as well as in COST programs, in several nationally funded projects and in a number of contracts with companies. The institute laboratories are equipped with different electrochemical, spectroscopic and analytical techniques. In the same way, the Institute has a remarkable experience in the scale-up of electrochemical processes to a pilot-plant scale as well as in the integration of these processes with electrical power generated from solar energy.

 

www.ua.es

11. MEGARA RESINS

Anastassios Fanis Megara Resins S.A. is a diversified manufacturer and supplier of raw materials for industrial and architectural coatings as well as rosin based and other synthetic resins for the paint, adhesive, paper and construction industry. For over 40 years, A. Fanis Megara Resins S.A. has been a pioneer in creating innovative technologies to help coatings formulators meet their customers’ most demanding applications. Today, the company remains firmly committed to the pillars of innovation and new technologies and is widely regarded as being the most innovative Greek supplier to the coatings industry through its continued investment in R&D, technical support and new product development. Megara Resins offers its customers advanced and diverse products and technologies for surfaces with an emphasis on environmentally friendly products such as powder coating resins, rosin dispersions, alkyd resins, water-based acrylic dispersions, and unsaturated polyester resins. The company is committed to working with its customers to continuously developing environmentally advanced solutions and is dedicated to open communication concerning the safe handling, distribution, use and disposal of the products it makes. Megara Resins is a specialty chemical company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost advantaged production of chemicals from renewable feedstocks and important building blocks for a wide range of functional materials.

 

www.megararesins.com

12. ENSO INNOVATION

ENSO INNOVATION is a technology-based company (SME), located in A Coruña, Spain. Its main activity is focused on technological assesment and technology development of new products and services applied to industry that allow the reduction of environmental impact through the use of facilitating technologies such as advanced materials, environmental solutions, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies. Committed to the environment and innovation, the company has the following main areas of activity: Technological Assesment in the development of new materials, processes and environmentally sustainable solutions giving global support in reducing the environmental impact of productive enterprises, advanced materials for environmental remediation applications, lignin based materials, cellulose nanofibers and nanocrystals, development of low environmental impact materials and high performance materials, development of new and advanced environmental processes, technologies and solutionsd wáter and wastewater treatments, subproducts and waste valorizationaste and biotechnologies, R&D and commercialization of new products and innovative processes that improve the processes of water, air, waste and soil purification through the use of facilitating technologies such as advanced materials, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, R&D and marketing of new materials and mechanical and chemical technologies that reduce the use of fossil resources and the environmental impact of society, Technical assessment and consultancy in technologies, processes and products development and R&D financing: Life Cycle Assessments of processes & products and LCC, water and carbon footprint, strategic consulting, technical consultancy services, R&D internationalization, … Furthermore, ENSO has experience in the execution of Research and Development Activities and Projects.

 

www.ensoinnovation.com

13. CONDIAS

The company CONDIAS GmbH was established in 2001 under the German law in Itzehoe (Germany). CONDIAS GmbH has 30 employees at the end of 2017. The employees are scientists, engineers and skilled engineering workers. CONDIAS develops and produces conductive diamond electrodes (DIACHEM®), electrode stacks and electrochemical cells. CONDIAS is the world´s leading supplier of diamond electrodes and applications based on diamond electrodes, which is due to constantly growing production capacities and exclusive know-how protected by patents and intellectual property rights in the long term. Because of many years of experience and the implementation of numerous projects in different industries. CONDIAS Process Development is the right contact for a joint development of customized solutions.

 

www.condias.de

14. Evonik

Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH (ERE) belongs to the Evonik Group, which is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies. In fiscal 2016, Evonik generated sales of around €12.7 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.165 billion. It is active in more than 100 countries with 36,000 employees. The Resource Efficiency segment is led by ERE and brings together Evonik’s activities in specialty chemicals for industrial applications. It supplies high performance materials for environmentally friendly as well as energyefficient systems to the automotive, paints & coatings, adhesives, construction, and several other industries. This segment employed about 8,900 employees, and generated sales of around €4.5 billion in 2016. ERE’s High Performance Polymers Business Line specializes in producing custom-tailored solutions made from high-performance polymers. Its product portfolio ranges from VESTAMID® polyamide molding compounds, which have been consistently and successfully adapted to the requirements of the automotive industry for the past fifty years, and high-quality sheet products, for example for medical technology, to the development of entire modules such as SEPURAN® Green for upgrading biogas efficiently. The portfolio includes various high-performance polyamides like VESTAMID®, VESTOSINT® und TROGAMID®, some of them are made from renewable resources. They can be found in the soles of athletic shoes and in sunglasses, toothbrushes and the coating of dishwasher racks, in gas pipes and flexible oil pipes, as well as in various safety relevant car components. Within the project ERE intends to evaluate and test several substances produced electrochemically from Lignin by JGU. The substances will be evaluated concerning their suitability as monomers for polymerisation. The Tests include trials of polyamide synthesis, determination of their fundamental properties and of further application relevant properties in selected cases. For promising compounds ERE will also perform the electrochemical monomer production in a larger scale using a flow cell to be provided by SINTEF. Finally, the application possibilities of the polyamides will be considered on the basis of the results. As ERE’s High Performance Polymers Business Line is experienced for decades in developing polyamides by performing synthesis trials of monomers and polymerisation, properties testing and evaluation of application possibilities, its profile matches perfectly to the proposed tasks.

 

www.corporate.evonik.com

15. Perstorp

Perstorp AB is a world leader in a number of sectors for specialty chemicals in a multitude of applications. The products are used within the aviation-, automotive-, coating-, plastic-, construction- and agricultural industry. They are found in cars, food and feed, packaging, textile and electronics products. The group has 1 500 employees and manufacturing in 11 countries (Asia, Europe, and North America). The turnover is approximately 11 BSEK. The corporation is owned by the French venture capital company PAI Partners. The Innovation Department includes Market Development, Research & Development, and Strategy. We have three main R&D laboratories, in Perstorp (Sweden), Warrington (UK), and Mumbai (India). The Company is interested in the technology areas of chemicals, surface coatings, feed and food, adhesives, polymer materials, synthetic lubricants, and fuel additives. The research and development of renewable raw materials, and innovations towards sustainable chemical solutions are areas of particular interest to our Company.

 

www.perstorp.com

16. NX Filtration

NX Filtration (NXF) produces a variety of filtration membranes. NXF is specialized in the production of hollow fiber membranes, with a selective layer on the inner surface of the fiber. Our product portfolio encompasses membranes with different pore sizes: such as: 5, 15 (ultrafiltration) 100, 200, and 500 nm (microfiltration). In addition, NXF produces innovative nanofiltration membranes based on polyelectrolyte multilayers. These nanofiltration membranes have an effective pore size below 1 nm. The membranes of NXF can be used in a variety of applications. At the moment, these are mainly in (waste) water purification and in food and beverage application. Furthermore, NXF develops specialized membranes and filtration processes with strategic partners that meet specific demands of a (niche) process step. Examples are membranes with tailor pore sizes, membranes with a positive charge of chemical functionalities or even membranes with a specialized geometry.

 

www.nxfiltration.com