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Biorizon

Organisation

Upper Organization: TNO

Type: Research Center

 

Address

Plasticslaan 1
4612 Bergen op Zoom
Netherlands
 

Contacts

 

 
Monique Wekking
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Key Enabling Technologies Activities

Process industry (processing of novel materials, structures, etc.)
Environmental materials (e.g. recycling, recourse efficiency, less impact, CO2 capture/ utilisation)
Industrial materials (incl. catalysts, membranes, adhesives, filters)
Biobased chemicals
Dual-use Activities: 
No

Technology Readiness Levels

TRL 3: Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4: Technology validated in lab
TRL 5: Technology validated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 6: Technology demonstrated in relevant industrial environment

Market Sectors

Chemical industry
Environment

Description

Industry driven Shared Research Center, focusing on technology development for the production of functionalized biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings

Biorizon is anticipating the expected growing shortage of aromatics from the petrochemical industry and the widely shared ambition to green the chemical industry.

Our mission is to enable commercial production of bio-aromatics by 2025. In order to achieve this we adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together the entire value chain: in R&D (institutions, universities), global leaders in supply of feedstocks (upstream), chemical conversion, equipment manufacturing (midstream), chemical industry, end-users and brand owners (down-stream). We connect with multi-nationals as well as SME companies.

Biorizon is a cross-border initiative between TNO, VITO, ECN and the Green Chemistry Campus and is part of Biobased Delta. Biorizon is located at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, at the heart of industries between Antwerp and Rotterdam. 

Companies that join Biorizon get to participate in the Biorizon Community, Roadmap, and R&D activities.

Network membership:

  • Dutch Topsectors Chemistry and AgroFood.
  • Netherlands Energy Research Alliance.
  • Wageningen Research, KU Leuven, University Antwerpen, University Maastricht, Technical University Eindhoven, Hogeschool Avans, Chemelot InSciTe
  • Suschem & SuschemNL
  • Biobased Delta the Netherlands
  • Vangaurd initiative
  • BIG-C consortium

Equipment

Shared Research Center Biorizon has state-of-the-art facilities at its disposal. The facilities can be found at the following locations:

  • Green Chemistry Campus - Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
  • TNO - Delft, The Netherlands
  • VITO - Mol, Flanders, Belgium
  • ECN - Petten, The Netherlands

 

Specifically the laboratories of the TNO Biorizon activities are situated in Delft and at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom and offer capacity for the lab- and bench-scale process development.

Throughout the last years, TNO has invested in several pilot units at TRL 4/5 for the demonstration of individual process steps in the end-to-end process from biomass to aromatics: a biphasic reactor for the conversion of hemicellulose to furfural, a condensation reactor for the preparation of furfuryl-hydrazones, a Diels-Alder reactor  for production of the targeted bio-aromatic compounds.

In specific the following TNO equipment is available:

  • Bi-phasic reactor
  • Continuous flow Diels-Alder pilot unit
  • Condensation reactor
  • Crystallizers for DSP
  • Wash columns for purification
  • Full chemical analysis lab
  • Multi-purpose flow chemistry setup (Demobench)
  • Microwave reactor for small scale screening experiments

Services

  • Theoretical assessment of feasibility of chemical pathways
  • Experimental validation of chemistry
  • Process modelling, design & development
  • Experimental validation of process technology (reaction & separation)
  • Scale-up studies at TRL 4-5
  • Consortium building & networking
  • Techno-economic viability assessments
  • Life Cycle Analysis

 

Types of interaction with Biorizon:

  1. Community participation: Exclusive discussion group, roadmap updates, high-level results and invitations to (inter)national events.
  2. Shared R&D program participation: Pre-competitive R&D within a collaborative program with a duration of 2-4 years.
  3. Sponsored R&D project: Pre-competitive linear development; small projects with predefined scope/time/budget.
  4. Commissioned R&D project: Exclusive bilateral project with pre-defined scope/time/budget.
  5. Web-link for services

    http://www.biorizon.eu/join-us
    http://www.biorizon.eu/community/members

Service for Industry and SMEs: 
Yes