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Initiative for Waste-to-Chemicals Doubles in Size

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

A Dutch initiative plans to use waste as a basic feedstock for chemicals.
A Dutch initiative plans to use waste as a basic feedstock for chemicals. (Pciture: Gerd Altmann (CC0))

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.

Amsterdam/The Netherlands – 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.

Unique in Size and Diversity

"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."

New Partners Join the Ranks

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

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