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AkzoNobel Welcomes New Members in Waste-to-Chemicals Consortium

Published on 2015-06-11. Author : SpecialChem

A major Dutch initiative designed to investigate how waste can be used as a raw material to produce chemicals has more than doubled in size since being launched late last year.

Initially formed by AkzoNobel, Canadian company Enerkem and four regional partners, the collaboration has since attracted eight more commercial parties.

The aim is to use Enerkem's technology to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia.

The public-private partnership will study the options for setting up Europe’s first plant, either in Rotterdam or Delfzijl. The partners will publish the results of the study later this year.

"We welcome all the new partners in our quest to use waste as a raw material for chemicals," said Peter Nieuwenhuizen, research director of AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.

"Both the size and diversity of this partnership are unique in the Netherlands. Together, we form a strong group of companies whose capabilities combine to provide all we'll need to convert this promising technology into practical reality."

The latest commercial organizations to join the partnership are Van Gansewinkel (founder of the Circularity Center), EEW Energy from Waste, BioMCN, Air Liquide, Veolia, Visser & Smit Hanab, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and DNV GL. They join founding partners AkzoNobel, Enerkem, the Investment and Development Company for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, Clean Tech Delta and the South Holland development company InnovationQuarter.

Together, the 14 partners have all the expertise needed to make the initiative a success, from waste collection to conversion to industrial plants and sales. The primary aim is to use Enerkem's proven conversion process to turn domestic and other waste into useful products.

"Waste is an abundant resource and is a problem in many regions throughout the world. Waste is also a low cost unconventional feedstock that can be used to produce chemicals," adds Vincent Chornet, Enerkem's CEO. "The advantage of Enerkem's process is that it is fully compatible with the existing waste infrastructure." He added that making syngas and methanol from waste can deliver a sustainable cost-effective source of raw material for the chemical industry.

About Enerkem

Enerkem develops biofuels and chemicals from waste. With its proprietary thermochemical technology, Enerkem converts abundantly available municipal solid waste (mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and other non-recyclable waste materials) into chemical-grade syngas, and then methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates that form everyday products. By using waste instead of fossil fuels, Enerkem addresses the growing demand for renewable energy sources and chemicals, while reducing landfill volumes and greenhouse gas emissions. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the company currently operates both a pilot and a commercial demonstration facility in Québec, has its first waste-to-biofuels full-scale commercial plant under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and is developing several similar facilities in the U.S. and Canada that will convert municipal solid waste into biofuels and chemicals.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the leading global paints and coatings companies and producers of specialty chemicals. It supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, it is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, its 50,000 people around the world are committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.

Source: AkzoNobel
 


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