WASTE TO FEEDSTOCK
Groningen Seaports is part of a major Dutch partnership working with Canada’s Enerkem to explore the use of waste streams as a feedstock for chemical production and the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities. The collaboration features a number of industry and semi-governmental partners looking to benefit from Enerkem’s proprietary technology that converts waste into synthesis gas – a common starting material for products such as methanol and ammonia. Aimed at closing the loop by converting waste back into useful products, the initial partners are AkzoNobel, Enerkem, the investment and development agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter. The partners plan to test various local waste streams, including residual municipal and agricultural waste. Waste remains a problem in many regions and is generally regarded as being underutilized for the production of chemicals. The advantage of Enerkem’s proven conversion process is that it is complementary to existing technologies, such as recycling and anaerobic digestion.
The goal is to create a group of partners that all make a unique contribution – waste management companies to provide the waste feedstock and processing capacity, nancial parties to arrange funding, end-use chemical companies to handle production and customer sales, and government to facilitate regional investment. 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. 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. Other interested parties are also welcome to join the collaboration. Within the next two to three years, the partners are aiming to have a plant in Delfzijl or Rotterdam (or both) become the rst in Europe to utilize the new technology.
recycling & waste management
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