BO-03-005-01 Green raw materials


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Title BO-03-005-01 Green raw materials
Period 2003 - 12 / 2006
Status Completed
Research number OND1295137
Data Supplier METIS Wageningen Universiteit en Researchcentrum


[LNV policy task, social problem and policy context]: Twenty to thirty percent of the total amount of green resources imported or grown in the Netherlands has either an application in the non-food area or is considered as waste. Applications are found for the larger part in feed, but due to diminishing livestock and changing legislation this market is shrinking. These green resources, however, can be applied in high-value, safe, consumer products, materials, chemicals and fuels. Besides the need for development of new technologies to make these applications viable, this also calls for new links between the agrifood industry and the chemical (and other) sectors.
[Knowledge need]:
For this to become possible, new technological options should be developed for the release of valuable materials from biomass and the further development of these materials into products, via sustainable processes. Furthermore knowledge should be built-up on how to link different industrial sectors around new products and processes and what the role of various stakeholders (government, industry and research institutions) in this process can be. Also knowledge is needed on the critical success factors of the process of innovation when various industrial partners in different sectors are involved.
[Knowledge assignment]:
Technological knowledge is built up around three spearheads:
- Building blocks for green chemistry
- Natural complexity for functionality
- Keys for green processes
The first of these spearheads focuses on making building blocks that can be applied in current or new chemical processes to produce materials. The third focuses on the development of new biotechnological or chemical green processes to process biobased materials. The second spearhead focuses on the use of complex structures that are found in nature, like enzymes, and that can have specific functions either in (biotechnological) processes or have specific functional actions like biocides. These technological developments are investigated and developed in projects of Wageningen UR together with a number of industrial partners and other research institutions and are cofinanced by the EU or SenterNovem.
Furthermore knowledge is built-up around how to build consortia of industries in various sectors, and the aim is to also actually build a number of consortia that can start to produce and market new biobased products.
Communication focuses around the spreading of knowledge of green resouces.

Publications of this programme are available Here

Abstract (NL)

Doel van het programma is het opbouwen en uitdragen van de benodigde technologische kennisbasis met betrekking tot verwerking van agrogrondstoffen (waaronder nevenstromen) om het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven te ondersteunen in het ontwikkelen van nieuwe en verbeterde gezonde, veilige en milieuvriendelijke niet-voedsel producten en LNV te ondersteunen in de beleidsontwikkeling op dit gebied.
Ten eerste wordt gefocusseerd op de ontwikkeling van nieuwe processen en materialen op basis van groene grondstoffen welke zullen leiden tot de ontwikkeling van nieuwe veilige en gezonde producten voor de consumentenmarkt.
Ten tweede zal aan de hand van resultaten en spinoffs van de technologische projecten gewerkt worden aan het bouwen van nieuwe consortia, waarbij vooral gericht zal worden op het leggen van nieuwe verbanden tussen de chemische industrie en het agrofoodcomplex. De nevenstroom problematiek zal hierin expliciet worden meegenomen.
Ten derde zal gedurende het hele programma aandacht worden gegeven aan het vertalen van de technologische ontwikkelingen uit het programma naar het beleid.

Publicaties bij dit programma zijn beschikbaar via deze Link

Related organisations

Related people

Project leader Dr. H.L. Bos
Project leader S.R. Vellema

Related research (upper level)


D13200 Macromolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry

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