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Quantity breeds quality, God must have thought when he gave Flanders as many as 4 top-class sea ports. A little healthy competition between these ports can’t be a bad thing, and as a region of connected ports, Flanders offers a wealth of benefits! There may well be a number of shared values on which all four base their activities, but each port has also proved to have a unique selling point. And it is that smart specialisation that we would like to focus on in this newsletter.
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Flanders is known as a worldwide champion when it comes to smart waste management. This not only applies to aspects regarding regulation, enforcement and monitoring, thanks to OVAM, but also to research. An American company contacted the Flemish institute VITO to investigate whether recycled material from batteries can be used as a nutrient for maize cultivation!
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Sustainable technologies for developing markets often require a different type of innovation.
On the one hand, there are companies that are able to take the next step: leap frog technologies are designed around typical characteristics of developing markets. They are able to make vegetables grow in the desert or develop sensors for measuring water quality that are capable of dealing with different pollutant loads per cubic meter of river water than those found in the West.
But there is more!
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Can Industry 4.0 or the ‘Industrial Internet of Things’, as it has been dubbed, help reinvigorate the manufacturing industry in Western Europe? And if we are moving away from mass production these days, are we able to produce individual items in a 'digital factory' at mass production cost? These are just a few of the challenges being looked at by the strategic research institute Flanders' Make, which was set up in 2014, and the Made Different programme. Be inspired by the interview with their representatives.
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You will already know from our topical newsletters that we like to look for topics that are of higher levels of complexity. It is here, after all, that companies establish solutions and innovations for the trickiest situations. And it is then that we amaze the world, with Flemish cleantech power!
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In November 2015, Agfa Graphics won the Supply Chain Award in Antwerp with 'aluminium as a service', a concept that makes aluminium circuit boards available in a closed loop. Agfa Graphics remains the owner of the aluminium as part of the concept and assumes uninterrupted responsibility for quality and environmental care. Another advantage of this concept is that it frees Agfa Graphics itself and all of its partners in the value chain from the influence of volatile price fluctuations in the commodity markets for materials like aluminium. Economy and ecology...
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At first glance, logistics may seem a somewhat unlikely topic for a cleantech newsletter. But consider the total emissions saved by companies such as Wieneberger, Curbicubes, De Bonte and Lubrizol, who now choose to transport construction materials, sugar products, sleepers and lubricants via inland waterways rather than by road. This is underpinned by smart investments, such as the Antwerp East Port inland container terminal at Grobbendonk, operated by DP World, that help to pave the way for a “logistical pivot” in Flanders.
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We say that Europe is low in natural resources. We therefore seem to be hugely dependent on the rest of the world for our products and prosperity. Furthermore, global demand for raw materials is rising due to the more rapid industrialisation of emerging economies.
Europe just happens to be the birthplace of innovations that can turn this shortage into an opportunity!
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On October 19th and 20th, we will be hosting the pinnacle of cleantech and sustainable innovations: BSDS 2015. We are therefore dedicating a large portion of our newsletter to this event, temporarily interrupting our series on large multinationals that take advice from SMEs when it comes to clean technology processes, which has taken the spotlight these past few months.
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The role that the surface treatment sector plays in the creation of high added-value products cannot be overestimated. Examples include the important functional (strength, hardness and corrosion-resistance, etc.) and aesthetic added value of products that we use on a daily basis.
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We pulled it off: on 11 February, 25 cleantech SMEs met 10 corporates from the chemical & oil industry during the SUPPLY&DEMAND session organised by FCA.
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All those who attended bore witness to the high quality of the event: i-SUP2014, VITO's 4th international conference on Industry and Innovative Sustainable Production, took place on 2 and 3 September in the city of Antwerp. The focus of the event lay upon "growth" and how it can be achieved in collaboration with industry, investors and innovators in the context of the major social challenges that lie ahead in the future. The show featuring Sir Richard Branson, which took place the evening before for the public at large, together with the introductory CEO...
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Naturally, we are familiar with the term 'resource efficiency' in relation to additive manufacturing and the three top companies that Flanders is able to boast: Materialize, Melotte and Layerwise. These companies have featured in previous newsletters on this theme. Worldwide, they have been responsible for a number of 'firsts' and amazing projects, achievements and lectures ... Indeed, the layered development of products, which has already sprinted past the gadget and prototyping stage long ago, represents the absolute in material-efficient and raw-material-...
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We are interrupting the rhythm of our newsletters, which in each of the recent months have discussed one of the substantial Flemish cleantech sub-clusters. And we have a good reason for doing this: the program for i-SUP2014, the most important, international cleantech event in our Western European region is as good as set!
On 1 September Sir Richard Branson, no less, will kick it off with an ambitious public event in the Stadsschouwburg in Antwerp. On 2 and 3 September entrepreneurs and leading speakers from multinationals, SMEs and global...
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Making more out of less, process intensification, continuous processing, using biomass as a raw material and harvesting CO2 – we have arrived at the fourth extremely active cleantech sub-cluster in Flanders, dominated by sustainable chemical companies, with a significant concentration in and around the city and port of Antwerp.
This cluster, which effectively complements the bio-economy cluster around Ghent and the border region between the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, is an operating site not only for companies such as De Neef...
In February 2012 the European Commission announced its bioeconomy strategy in the paper ‘Innovating for sustainable growth: a bioeconomy for Europe’. It describes an integrated approach for tackling the challenges in the fields of ecology, the environment, energy, food supply and the raw materials needed for this. The topic links in with our 3rd newsletter about the Flemish cleantech clusters that Flanders is rich in: bioeconomy.
With the Bio Base Europe initiative (BBE) and the determination of the Port of Ghent to act as the gateway to Europe for bioeconomy and biomass, Flanders...
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According to the United Nations, one in nine people worldwide does not have access to potable water, 80% of the world's sewage is discharged into surface water untreated, more people die of poor water quality than from violence and the biodiversity in the surface water is under threat as no other system. Some critical areas: in China one fifth of the population has to make do with 7% of the freshwater reserves and the number of rivers has decreased from 50,000 to 23,000 as result of agricultural expansion and over exploitation. In the Middle East, 22 million...
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While highlighting the benefits of our Flemish cleantech companies abroad we have noted that promotion via 'clusters' is becoming more prominent. Rather than listing the various companies separately, the expertise of a region is strengthened when you present intelligent concentrations of cleantech power.
This is why we want to shine the spotlight on a number of substantial, Flemish cleantech clusters in our 2014 newsletters, and we are presenting them as a road movie through Flanders, which will hopefully be an enjoyable read! We are starting in the...
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Is your cleantech business a money machine? Do experienced cleantech investors like your cleantech concept? Does your cleantech business have an understanding of everyone who or all that comes before and after in the value chain? The Keystone Compact™ is a method that allows parameters of this kind to be assessed and quantified. Professor Peter Adriaens of the University of Michigan developed the method at the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. The predictive value of the tool – as is evident from scientific research – cannot be...
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Cleantech companies can finance their start-up, restart or growth with venture capital (venture capitalists or VCs). The nice thing about the private players among these VC funds is their self-regulating power. The public variant allows sustainability and macro-economic interests to be weighed, and corporate VC funds allow innovative technologies to be validated.
Some Flemish cleantech companies are developing and marketing technologies that from the outset are intended for emerging markets: from markets in development regions to those in rural areas of the BRIC countries, for example. Such ‘leapfrog’ technologies do not have to contend with a conventional, often more energy-inefficient installed base. They allow emerging markets to ‘leapfrog’, to skip a generation of less efficient, more expensive, more polluting, more wasteful etc., technologies, and to implement innovative technologies faster. In this way they help economic development to...
Traditional business models, where a producer supplies a product to a consumer who uses it and then scraps it, often fall short in terms of raw material and energy efficiency and are not always ecologically sound. In ‘green business models’ the producer and/or supplier of a product is encouraged to keep the total life cycle cost, including the cost of energy, maintenance, and possibly scrapping, as low as possible.
The impending scarcity of raw materials is not just a matter of rare earth metals such as scandium in our racing bikes or space travel or neodymium, which is crucial for the manufacture of the electric motors in modern windmills or electric cars. The global stock of nutrients, of quite a different order and essential for guaranteeing the global food supply, is under great pressure too. Consider the growing global population, increasing protein-rich diets, the use of biomass for fuels: the stocks of phosphorus ore are diminishing and are only available in a few countries in the world...
You may be under the impression that sustainable land use or a theme such as rural development, one of the six FCA cleantech categories, has received little attention in the sustainability and environment debate. Nothing is further from the truth. In 2010 the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) devoted an entire conference to sustainable land use. Preserving increasingly scarce environmental resources such as space, unpolluted air, water and soil is the Leitmotiv of many of our Flemish cleantech companies.
Last month we announced that FCA would be turning the spotlight on India and China. Several cleantech entrepreneurs asked us why we had chosen such a ‘difficult region’. We have five good reasons for doing just that. First, it is all about maximising effects. If you could choose between achieving marginal ecological benefits in regions with 340 million inhabitants, and regions where together some 3.6 billion people could make a difference on a global scale and work on clean technologies in their living and working environments, the choice is not a difficult one to make.
In this month’s edition of the newsletter, attention will focus on India. Several macro indicators illustrate the challenges faced. The following is an example that relates to (waste) water facilities: in India, which is home to about one-fifth of the world’s population, there are more than 400 million people who rely heavily on the Ganges, which is the most polluted water mass in the world, for their day-to-day existence. Billions of litres of wastewater are emptied into this river every day. Just one-third of this is treated before it is discharged into the river.
When at the start of 2013 we chose the theme ‘sustainable transport and mobility’ for our January newsletter, we were once again reminded of its importance: according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) transport can make a contribution of 23% to the worldwide reduction in greenhouse
gases. At the same time, it is a very wide-ranging theme. In Flanders alone there is already plenty of activity: ...
This newsletter will again focus on a central cleantech theme: sustainable energy. Three Flemish companies and projects show what they have to offer. A first project studies the technical and economic feasibility of extracting deep geothermal energy, with an initial focus on the Kempen region around Antwerp. The results of this project will give a boost to the international application of this technology.
This newsletter is dedicated to sustainable building. Our focus is not only on individual builders or industrial buildings; practical aspects such as glass and insulation are also treated. A sustainable city, however, is more than a collection of sustainable homes. Hence we are also focusing on urban developments in the area of climate neutrality, such as the transition to a truly sustainable, green city.
FCA hopes you had a pleasant summer. We, in any case, are ready to get back to work! And we are doing so by focusing on a topic with which cleantech was originally associated: sustainable soil remediation. Today cleantech – rightly – has a much broader definition. Thanks to the long history of relevant Flemish legislation and the actions of OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders), sustainable soil remediation today remains a showpiece of Flemish cleantech. Thus, DEC was able to clean up the site where the Olympics took place by making use of Flemish expertise in soil remediation.
The Flemish chemical sector is one of the largest in the world and together with the region around Rotterdam and North Rhine-Westphalia even the largest chemical cluster in the world. Hence, some time ago, Flanders opted for a radical change to sustainable chemistry.
Flanders Innovation hub for Sustainable CHemistry (FISCH) is an initiative of the chemical industry to accelerate the transition to a sustainable chemistry. The project is now approaching cruising speed with the appointment of Jan Van Havenbergh as Managing Director of FISCH, and the support of the Flemish government.
FCA organised an extremely successful and well-attended evening at the international i-SUP2012 conference in Bruges. We presented a wide array of speakers including Richard Youngman, Managing Director Europe & Asia of the Cleantech group, Dr Jos B. Peeters of Capricorn Venture Partners, and Emeritus Professor Brian Fagan of the University of California Santa Barbara. This newsletter will give a short impression of this evening and the subsequent India Night.
Sustainable materials management will be one of the keystones of the new, sustainable society to which cleantech as a whole participates. Within sustainable materials management several routes lie open i.e. maximal recycling and re-use but also minimal materials use to start with. In this newsletter we like to call your attention to the latter with topics such as additive manufacturing and the realizations of companies like Materialise, Layerwise and Melotte.
Grass roots movements are gaining in importance: in the battle for our climate, in the introduction of clean technologies, and in changing habits and behaviour. Grass roots movements are also playing a role in the pursuit of a better living environment in urban areas (‘green cities’ and ‘smart cities’). Cities are organising themselves (‘Covenant of Mayors’), as are regions (R-20, an initiative of former governorof California, Arnold Schwarzenegger).
2012 has just begun, and FCA already has much to say. At the start of December 2011, the Flemish government nominated the directors for the not-for-profit association i-Cleantech. I-Cleantech was formally launched at the end of January 2012. Thus the umbrella organisation that will drive cleantech innovation, valorisation and transition in Flanders is a fact. To increase the projects' chances of success, i-Cleantech will also generate support for all stakeholders. FCA is one of the essential pillars of i-Cleantech.
After 14 years of travelling around 10 countries, Cleantech Group’s flagship Cleantech Forum Europe will come to the Flanders region, and will be proudly hosted in Antwerp on May 14-16 2018. In this article, you’ll find testimonials of Avantium (see below), Biolectric, Harsonic, The Sniffers, Nimera and Ikaros Solar, present at previous editions. We’ve also asked Cleantech Group as main organizing partner, to summarize what you can you expect, looking back to 13 previous editions.
On 14 and 15 September, a delegation from Shaanxi Province in China paid a visit to Antwerp. The Province of Antwerp has enjoyed a friendly relationship with this Chinese province for many decades now. After all, Janssen Pharmaceutica has its main Chinese branch there, along with other companies. FCA companies now have the opportunity to establish a base in China, by making use of this “safe crossing” that has been created by the government.
Which technologies help to move the world to a more sustainable future by 2030? FCA offers 15 free tickets to its registered member companies for participation at the 3-day G-STIC conference organized by VITO from 23rd till 25th of October 2017. For some companies and technologies, a free spot on the Exhibition island at Tour&Taxis is offered. Interested?
Achieving more with less. Which are the innovative technologies or concepts that will in future help us feed 11 billion mouths and at the same time help our region secure an independent food supply? A number of experts offering market-ready technologies are working alongside us to develop the theme of Precision farming and Agro-Industry 4.0 for the 2018 EU Cleantech Forum in Antwerp. In this article, Harsonic is offering some advance inspiration as Co-Host for sustainability in Agro-Industry 4.0.
Businesses from all sectors are increasingly turning to online and real-time measurement in order to track a range of parameters during the production process. Sensors and actuators help to conserve resources and energy, offer equally fine tracking of performance indicators and prevent downtime, waste and failures. Two companies have already agreed to help shape the EU Cleantech Forum programme around the theme of the Industrial IoT. They include Finindus, who will come and talk about ArcelorMittal’s Digital Steel Plant, and Exypnos, who will present a use case from the automotive sector...
Where materials are concerned, Europe has not remained idle about the fact that it is a resource-poor region as we see governments putting the circular economy on their agenda. A closer examination has identified that a considerable number of pioneers are already able to create an endless loop of materials. It will be a pleasure to shine an early spotlight on them during an EU Cleantech Forum!
The European heart of the (petro)chemical sector is investigating numerous options for methods that can make products and processes more sustainable. Thanks to a small number of pioneers, more intensive processes that enable us to produce more with less and concepts such as chemical leasing are moving beyond the research and pilot stages and becoming available ‘on-the-shelf’. We think an EU Cleantech Forum is a good place to shine an early spotlight on them!
VITO and FCA are the organisers of the EU Cleantech Forum, which will be held from 14 to 16 May 2018 in the FMCCA next to Antwerp Zoo. This Forum is the most important gathering of European corporates, SMEs, Venture Funds, Investors and many more parties from the cleantech sector. With at least 40 companies already confirmed, the programme is shaping up well. What’s in it for you?
Onshore power supply, hydrogen economy (power-to-methanol), LNG, geothermal energy, cooling buildings using dock water ... these are just a few of the elements in the sustainability plan for the Port of Antwerp. But there is far more in the pipeline. Concepts such as ‘Industry 4.0/IoT’ and the synergy initiatives undertaken by chemicals companies themselves who are based in the Port of Antwerp, as well as the plans for an Engineered Solutions Centre, all form part of the ambition.
In contrast to cities such as Beijing, Shanghai or Shenzen, etc., Yulin, in the north of the province of Shaanxi, is not one of China’s most well-known regions. As a Tier III region, it is nevertheless an attractive prospect for Flemish cleantech companies, which, having gained their first experiences in exporting, wish to turn their sights towards China and the massive market and the growth potential that it offers. Developed as a result of regular interactions, the friendship that exists between the provinces of Shaanxi and Antwerp also provides a form of assistance to help businesses...
It may come as no surprise that global players such as DEME and Jan De Nul are based in Flanders. The Flemish clearly feel at home on and around the seas, and the Smart@Sea event marked our venture into the digital age at full steam ahead! The opportunities for digitisation of offshore wind were not the only items on the maritime-themed agenda of this most enjoyable event, as coastal defence, port monitoring and aquaculture also featured extensively.
From 29 to 30 March 2017, the FCA took part in the State visit to Denmark undertaken by their Royal Highnesses the King and Queen of the Belgians. Not only did this enable the FCA to identify a number of potential opportunities that exist between Belgium and Denmark, but it also enabled the Association to become familiar with the opportunities for Belfius and their Smart Belgium project, amongst other things.
The Port of Zeebrugge is continually consolidating its leading position as the largest automotive port in the world. At the same time, however, the Port is taking determined action to achieve sustainability. In order to achieve emissions standards, switching from heavy fuel oil to LNG for the propulsion of seagoing vessels is an obvious aim. Nevertheless, providing facilities for the storage of LNG and enabling seagoing vessels to access it forms something of a challenge, however the solution is on hand, in the Port of Zeebrugge!
If it is judged against one of the traditional parameters, such as “number of tonnes of goods transhipped per year”, Ostend certainly does not come top of the league table. But the role it is taking on as an offshore service specialist as part of a Blue Growth objective, is absolutely massive. After all, the Port of Ostend is specially equipped to welcome the major players in the offshore wind sector, such as MHI Vestas, Senvion, GE (Alstom), … and within the supply chain of those organisations, it offers a great many opportunities for innovative SMEs.
Ghent is first and foremost an industrial port, in which the steel and car industries maintain a strong presence. The products for transhipment largely consist of iron ore, coal, grain, construction materials and animal and vegetable oils. Thanks to the deployment of smart clustering, the Port of Ghent is playing its part in bringing about the concentration of the entire production chain, including the processing of side and waste products in a single location. The Port also fulfils the role of a gateway to the Flanders Biobased Valley.
Flanders is endowed with no fewer than four top-class seaports. On balance, all of them are able to demonstrate spectacular growth figures and are entering into partnerships and cooperations worldwide. In addition to fulfilling a number of common parameters, each port also has its specialisms and trump cards! To find out more, we spoke to Francis Rome, the Chair of the Flemish Port Commission, and asked him a few questions.
Innovations in IoT, robotics, and renewables integration are having impacts across industries. In seaports, clear examples are already appearing. With events in Ostend such as Smart@Sea and programmes such as Hamburg’s smartPort Project or Rotterdam’s PortXL start-up competition, clean technologies are gaining momentum and are expected to enable the transition to the next generation of “digital” and “green” ports. High time to ask our international partner Cleantech Group for a focused digest on emerging innovations.
Smart logistics through data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor networks, automation through machine learning and robotics, … signify some degree of disruption in the industry. This rule holds true for the recycling industry as much as any other, especially when dealing with solid waste. We asked our international partner Cleantech Group to spot some interesting evolutions in investment land and start-ups.
From 28 November until 2 December, FCA participated in the EU-China Gateway Mission / Business Avenues, an initiative of the European Commission to help European companies expand their long-term business relations with Asian partners. This is not only for 'beginners’; experienced Asia experts benefit as well!
As every year, FCA will be visiting the EU Cleantech Forum with a delegation of Flemish cleantech companies. This year, this unique gathering will be held in Helsinki from 16 to 18 May 2017. Participating companies will be meeting Corporates, Corporate Venture Funds, Venture Capitalists, Banks, etc. Register on time, as a number of benefits are limited to the first 5 participants.
If we want to see recycled materials reused in a high-quality manner, it is important to pay special attention to actively marketing the recycled material in the right application. We contacted Top-Mix, a specialist in the recycling of soil, building and demolition waste, and concrete. Top-Mix basically functions as a ‘hub’, where the inflow and outflow are dynamically combined following expert processing. The temporary storage site (tijdelijke opslagplaats, TOP) plays a key role!
Cleantech is ... doing more with less raw material. Companies such as Rursus NV and Geldof Recycling help to make that dream become a reality. With their solutions, we are not only saving on fresh wood. From now on, we will have a new product made of recycled wood, the so-called G-bloc!
Processing waste streams effectively and efficiently requires specialised equipment. BULK .ID supplies these machines, engineers and builds entire lines for the recovery of valuable products from various types of materials. And there are masses of innovations at BULK .ID. Or what about the ‘BlackEye’, or Kiverco, the latest addition, making compact, mobile solutions possible from now on, for example, for building and demolition waste!
Tiger Power brings affordable and reliable Clean Energy to remote locations and applications. Their Power Camp®, a smart combination of a Plug & play solar power system and long-term energy storage unit, make regions independent from fossil fuels. Tiger Power’s concept will shortly be validated for usage in India!
Flanders and Europe are serious: all waste must be given a second life. Belgium is one of the best pupils in the European class when it comes to sorting and recycling waste. At the same time, we are lucky to have favourably located ports that can also lend an international dimension to recycling activities. Go4Circle and Flanders Recycling Hub are therefore key initiatives. FCA interviewed both of them.
For a sixth year in a row the Top 10 cleantech cluster companies were honored at the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) Later Stage Awards Gala. The Top 10 winners and the nominating GCCA clusters were celebrated at the Global Solutions Summit 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Enervalis and Flanders Cleantech Association were one of them!
With three meetings already held, VITO’s second co-creation process is in full swing. In such a co-creation process, VITO jointly guides a group of entrepreneurs from idea to development in 6 months. The first process involved “Remote sensing”; this second edition is about “Air quality sensor networks”.
One day, all of us might be used to them as the next normal thing: transparent car roof systems made as so-called ‘fixed transparant lightweight modules’. Exypnos invented and patented the technology to efficiently manufacture these modules, and today manages to realize 80% of its business in Asia by closing strategic partnerships with the world’s market leader manufacturer for car roofing systems. Secrets of success unveiled by its CEO.
Combatting desertification and famine in semi-arid regions. The technology was developed in Flanders and is now available in more than 40 countries across five continents.
Keppel Seghers Belgium N.V. (Keppel Seghers), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (Keppel Infrastructure), has secured a US$26.7 million (approximately S$36 million) contract to provide technology and services to the Baoan waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.
Within the scope of the German “Export initiative Energy”, supported by the German Ministry of Economy and Energy, the German-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce held a symposium on “Solar heat in buildings in Belgium” on 22 November 2016 at the German Embassy in Brussels.
On November 8th 2016, the Europe India Chamber of Commerce organised its Trade and Investment Partnership Summit (TIPS) in Brussels. FCA co-ordinated a lively panel on “Addressing 21st Century Challenges: How to Leverage Green Growth Opportunities”.
Exchanging best practices and learning from one another: these formed the starting points for the meeting held on 29 September 2016 in Madrid, under the auspices of the Benelux-Spanish Chamber of Commerce. Participants from the Benelux included FCA, Cluster TWEED, Ecobuild, Ecorys, DEME, Engie, Philips Lighting Spain & Portugal and many more.
Already for 105 years, so long before ‘Global Warming’ formally became an issue, Vyncke was active in the renewable energy business. With their can-do mentality, they go where nobody went before or even local competitors don’t think worthy their focus.
In order to allow sufficient escape time in case of fire in a building, plane, boat or train, flame retardants are a necessity in many products produced from plastic. Historically, they contain halogens like bromine or chlorine, which have proven to be toxic, bio-accumulative and persistent in the environment. Worldwide legislation banned many of these types of flame retardants. FRX Polymers offers the world’s first polymeric halogen-free environmentally friendly alternative. FRX is developing a global business from its world scale plant in Antwerp and more than 50% of its revenues come...
On the one hand, businesses are expected to ensure their everyday operations comply with policies and regulations at local, regional and national level and contribute to the implementation of these. On the other hand, regulations, incentives and support schemes would benefit from a robust and carefully considered advisory mechanism regarding the options that are and aren’t available or perhaps desirable in practice. And where does supranational policy setting, for example in the context of the United Nations, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals fit in? What role could...
China and Hong Kong – one country, two systems. Does your company have Hong Kong in its sights as a smart hub for accessing the Chinese market? On 16 February, FCA and Invest Hong Kong are organising a brief information session with testimonials at the Berchem offices of FCA. After the session, there will be an opportunity to have an individual consultation.
Earlier this year FCA nominated 9 of its Cleantech company members for the 9 categories of the GCCA Later Stage Award. This award selects the most promising Later Stage companies worldwide and rewards them with the exposure that they need to succeed in their aims. Enervalis is one of the TOP10 winners in the category “Energy Efficiency & Lighting”. The Global Top 3 as well as the GCCA Grand Prize Winner will be announced during the Global Solutions Summit in Little Rock Arkansas/US on December 13th, 2016.
On October 16th during the opening event of the 3-day VITO i-SUP2016 conference the winners of the 'Flanders Cleantech Internationalisation Awards 2016 were announced. The winner in the category ENERGY is ILUMEN from Tessenderlo. The winner in the category MATERIALS is FRX POLYMERS from Antwerp. The winner in the category CHEMISTRY & ENVIRONMENT is HARSONIC from Sint-Niklaas.
Themes with industrial and social value, a mix of high-level speakers, companies, scientists and technology providers, heat networks, a new role for deep geothermal energy in Flanders and the valorisation of CO2 from waste to a marketable feedstock. These are only a few of the ingredients of the i-SUP 2016 edition!
RADEEMA, the Marrakech Water Agency, awarded the 25 million EUR extension of the Marrakech Wastewater treatment plant to Waterleau. The contract also includes the Operation and Maintenance of the extended plant for 10 years.
Carbon capture, storage and valorization or usage stand for a wide range of technologies. First of all we think about the Flemish Recmix, today Orbix, that developed a disruptive technology using CO2 instead of cement for manufacturing building materials. It recently attracted the attention of investors. A further digest about interesting investments in the area of CCUS is provided by our international partner Cleantech Group.
The market opportunities for a cleantech innovation increase significantly if the technology is patented. It is often the first question asked by investors when considering allocating their funds to a technology-based project. In this context, combining technologies from several research centres into larger, more comprehensive wholes is a smart move.
For the MATERIALS Track of i-SUP we will be going down the interactive route and are organising an Idea Camp. How does your business view the circular industry? What technologies are required and what new business concepts can your business use to take new paths?
How ‘digital’ will our future energy system be? What role can we give to geothermal energy in Flanders and how does Europe view heat networks? How do we organise thermal storage in addition to electrical storage? This Track is finger-licking good!
What role can biobased feedstocks play next to classic fossil-based ones? To what extent can we use process intensification and advanced membrane technology to maximise opportunities for the sustainability of fossil-based feedstocks as well? The CHEMISTRY Track at i-SUP gives you the opportunity to jointly consider this and make contributions.
In 2016, on the occasion of the VITO i-SUP2016 event, FCA and FIT jointly organise the “Flanders Cleantech Internationalisation Awards”. This contest looks for Flemish cleantech SMEs with the highest sustainable impact while exporting its clean technologies abroad. The jury concluded the selection of the TOP3 finalists for each of the 3 categories. The final winners in each categorie will be nominated during the "Flanders cleantech Internationalisation Awards Ceremony" on October 16th in Hilton Hotel Antwerp.
The Marrakech public utility company RADEEMA awarded the Belgian-German joint venture of Waterleau and Thermo-System with the mission to plan and construct a solar sludge drying plant for the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of Marrakech. Solar drying of sewage sludge is environment-friendly, easy to operate and very energy-efficient. The new plant will be an important environmental step and a flagship action for the city of Marrakech as host of the world climate conference (COP 22) in November 2016.
India’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas – ONGC – has chosen the Cleantech solutions of Europem from Lier for the modernisation of its largest production facility in India.
Mapuni, China Sciences Mapuniverse Technology Co., Ltd is one of the leading companies in China in the field of GIS/remote sensing data application and environmental modelling. End of June, Mapuni was in Belgium to explore co-operation opportunities with Flemish cleantech companies.
As you would expect, the confluence of the Rhône and Saône is the ideal location for innovations and business. This was very much apparent at the 12th EU Cleantech Forum, which took place from 11 to 13 April in the French city of Lyon and, coincidentally, chose as its theme this year "La Confluence - the best of cleantech comes from combinations". The Sniffers, Ikaros Solar, Nimera, fifthplay, Harsonic and Biolectric were there at the EU Cleantech Forum in Lyon, along with FCA and FIT.
The average Indian city actually shares many similarities with Flanders. Examples include our high population density and level of urbanisation. Added to this, industrial activities are concentrated in a relatively small area, which puts a lot of pressure on the space available. With this in mind, the huge turnout for the cleantech seminars in the Indian cities of Pune and Mumbai will come as no surprise. FCA presented Flemish cleantech power to everyone present.
Put your company in the spotlight by participating in the FCA/FIT awards! Deadline 25 June 2016. On the occasion of the VITO i-SUP2016 event, FCA and FIT jointly organise the “Flanders Cleantech Internationalisation Awards”. This contest looks for Flemish cleantech SMEs with the highest sustainable impact while exporting its clean technologies abroad. The award consists of 3 categories: energy, materials and chemistry & environment.
The move to industry 4.0 has been marked by the increased sophistication of automation processes, alongside an increasing number of tools that facilitate expert virtual collaboration on projects across industries. Using i3 Connect, Cleantech Group’s online network, we can see there has recently been significant investment in the hundreds of millions across the relevant Industry 4.0 sectors. This article illustrates some investment examples.
Tiger Power brings zero-emission, plug & play, 24/7 autonomous, transportable renewable energy solutions to the off-grid power supply market. Their system comes with a cloud based predictive and self-learning energy Management System. Embedded intelligence in sustainable energy solutions, it sounds like Industry 4.0 in Cleantech!
In 2016, Van Hoecke Benelux is proving that Belgium and the Netherlands can still be manufacturing countries with high-tech solutions. The company - whose products are present in most homes - invested heavily in technological innovations, earning it the accolade of ‘Factory of the future’.
Can the digital transformation of our manufacturing industry create a new dynamic? This is the key assignment of the Flanders Make Strategic Research Centre set up in 2014. Together with the ongoing Agoria/Sirris initiative Made Different and the Factory of the Future 4.0 concept, it should help to secure production companies locally.
Multinational TE Connectivity produces various components for the Automotive industry. With around 700 employees, moderate production growth and regular productivity increases, over the last four years it has halved its average lead times. Despite its growth, energy and material consumption have fallen. We asked the team in Oostkamp how they did it.
During last EU Cleantech Forum in Lyon, FCA organised a meeting with SPRING Singapore, the lead enterprise development agency in Singapore with the mission of growing Singapore enterprises. As such it is comparable with our Flemish Agentschap voor Innoveren & Ondernemen (AIO). Apart from growing Singapore companies, also Flemish companies can benefit. What’s in it for Flemish SMEs?
India is working hard to make its cities smarter and more sustainable. One of the 20 Indian cities selected is now eligible to be the very first city in India to utilise Flemish expertise in the ambitious projects that have been launched.
Antwerp Port Authority has issued a new Request for Proposals (RfP) for the Churchill Industrial Zone in the port area. The previous RfP for this site concluded at the beginning of 2015 without any concrete result despite having been extended for an additional period, and so the entire site remains available for industrial projects that would create substantial added value and employment. So far, however, no suitable projects have been submitted.
On March 15th, participants of the seminar “India, Green Technology/Smart Cities” learnt what the Indian Government is planning, what the Belgian know-how has to offer, and how demand and offer can meet regarding this highly actual subject. The seminar ended with 3 company testimonials.
After being sought for its cleantech expertise by Middle Eastern governments and stakeholders in several pilot projects, VITO now establishes a daughter company in Qatar. This is VITO’s second regional VITO company, after VITO Asia. What’s in it for you as Flemish Clean Technology provider?
If you want to represent Flemish Cleantech Power at the EU Cleantech Forum in Lyon from 11 to 13 April, it's not too late. With the FCA, you can still sign up at an attractive rate. Together with Cleantech Group, a special deal has been worked out. 6 Flemish companies have already confirmed that they will be joining us.
After being sought for its cleantech expertise by Middle Eastern governments and stakeholders in several pilot projects, VITO now establishes a daughter company in Qatar. This is VITO’s second regional VITO company, after VITO Asia. What’s in it for you as Flemish Clean Technology provider?
When asking our international partner Cleantech Group to give us a global digest about remarkable innovations and investments in the sector of food packaging, it became clear again: the world is flat and small. In regions all over the world research and the private sector focuses on the same challenges. Cleantech Group provided the following digest.
Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) represented Flemish cleantech companies & power at GLOBE2016 in Vancouver, March 2016. In the framework of GLOBE2016, numerous events were organised and relationships were created or maintained. From an innovation focused panel, over financial innovation and “FinTech”, to closed meetings to further elaborate GCCA’s relation to P80 / Pension Funds and Institutional Investors such as Monte Jade West.
It is necessary to combine the 3 Ps (People, Planet, Profit) in a harmonious way in the field of packaging in the food industry as well. In addition to typical process-related elements such as energy and water management, packaging materials are also important sustainability aspects, since the preservation of food quality can help reduce food waste.
Already sixty years ago, ViskoTeepak’s founder was challenged at the breakfast table on his ferry between Finland and Sweden: how could we find an alternative for the natural casing of these sausages… ? The idea for a casing made from cellulose meant the beginning of ViskoTeepak’s unique sustainable, fibrous casings we’re used to today!
If innovations in plastic packaging seem to come together anywhere, then it’s at Sac O2 . With the Microsac and Microbox, the company offers solutions for issues that initially seem difficult, such as how to protect against contamination whilst also making it possible to carry out gas exchange. We approached Sac O2 in this regard.
The Flemish company MIKO is primarily known for its much loved brand PURO, its coffee systems, espresso machines, hot drinks machines, fresh product and snack machines, coffee and ancillary products (biscuits, milk, sugar, tea, soup, etcetera), telemessaging services and technical services. Its sister company MIKO PAC, which specialises in high quality plastic packaging for the food industry, is less well known. Both companies go to great lengths to reduce their ecological footprint.
From an innovative idea or protected technology, via a spin-off and co-creation, to an internationally expanding cleantech business. As a result of VITO initiatives, companies of all sizes can enjoy effective support in every stage of growth, even across national borders. As the Flemish strategic research institute for sustainable technologies and development, we possess the right tools and expertise to make this possible.
People play cards all over the world, and chances are extremely high it’s Cartamundi cards! Cartamundi is also a near-to-our-heart example of smart digitalisation of our game and fun industry. Sustainability issues are a constant concern for its ‘hard copy’ market share. 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved operations and products and an Environmental Charter established in close cooperation with the Belgian government are the result of this endeavour.
In a world that has been making a swift transformation to digitization, it may seem strange to talk about physical paper printing. However, the pulp and paper sector is still the 4th largest energy consumer across all industrial sectors. What about the environmental and energy impact? And are investors interested too? We asked our partner, the Cleantech Group.
From 10 to 15 January, an official delegation from the Flemish government paid a work visit to Taipei at the invitation of representatives of Taiwan. Given the interest that both regions have in sustainable development, a significant part of the work visit focused on cleantech. VITO/FCA was part of the delegation that went to Taiwan as a result.
In January VITO signed a collaboration agreement in Abu Dhabi with the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agreement was signed as part of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which was held in Abu Dhabi between 18 and 21 January 2016.
Printing is - often wrongly - considered as harmful for the environment. For that reason 2013 Trends Graphic Gazelle winner Albe De Coker demonstrates a special focus on sustainable entrepreneurship. One can be sure, by choosing Albe De Coker as your printing partner, you know your print job is being produced in an eco-conscious way!
As the circulations of the newspapers Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen had been increasing substantially since the early 1990s, a reflection in 2003 on the future of the newspaper printer required a few ambitious plans for the future. The result can be seen along the E17 in Lokeren. A prominent place was immediately also reserved for environmentally-friendly production: a waterless printing process, recycled paper, no toxic waste and efficient use of energy!
At the Gala Award Event in Antwerp in November 2015, Agfa Graphics was honored with the Belgian Supply Chain Award 2015. The winning project about “sustainability through recycling via collaborative supply chain” was selected out of six nominees. The project stands because of the large number of area’s and partners in the supply chain that were involved. On top of that, the concept involves recycling of aluminium and a financially and environmentally sound closed loop innovative business model in which Agfa Graphics doesn’t sell the alu-plates, but remains the owner.
With approximately 500 members and a smart, strategic selection of projects, VIL is currently a crucial link in this area of Western Europe, which rightfully presents itself as a TIER1 logistics hub. Here innovation, a focus on business cases and ROI go hand in hand with the aim of safeguarding a sustainable future for Flanders as a logistics hub in Europe.
On December 4, CEOs from 17 Flemish Cleantech companies met their counterparts from Guangdong, a Province in Southeast China that overlooks Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and has Guangzhou as major port city.
One of the emerging by-products of “big data” from a cleantech perspective is that it is enabling transformative improvements in global logistics and industry supply chains. This is not only the case in Flanders, Europe, … but in all parts of the world. Resource inefficiencies get eradicated, product distance to market gets reduced, and resource use optimized. These game changing improvements did not escape the attention of investors. Some exciting examples from across the globe.
After the Aquatech conference in November in Amsterdam, a delegation of the China Drinking Water Specialists, led by the Water Quality Association, visited Flanders in order to further professionalise the Point-of-Use sector and their perception in China. Flanders’ advanced membrane technology was set in the spotlight and a visit was paid to VITO and Prime Water.
The trend of the sharing economy is extending into the logistics sector: this is the intelligent way in which TRI-VIZOR shares the gains (vehicle kilometres, CO2, taxes) fairly amongst collaborative parties, without compromising on aspects such as delivery frequency, service and sustainability.
In Hasselt, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp, people are worrying a lot less about goods transport over that last mile, which can be difficult. CityDepot, the specialist in smart city distribution, is the first company to offer a full-service solution for the sustainable distribution of goods to the city centre and back.
H.Essers has 'clocked up' hundreds of years of customer loyalty among small and large businesses. A visit to the head office in Genk makes it clear that this is no coincidence. A tireless focus on efficiency is part of the company’s DNA. The tonnes of CO2 saved by H. Essers' efforts are mind-boggling.
On November 10th in Taipei (Taiwan), FCA as Regional Cluster Manager received on behalf of REstore the GCCA Later Stage Award in the category "Smart Grid". NovoPolymers made it to the top 3 in the category "Solar & Wind". Other Flemish winners in previous editions of this globally esteemed GCCA Later Stage Awards were Waterleau (Savannah, 2012) and EpiGaN (Lausanne, 2014).
E-MAX, part of the Vaessen Industries group and manufacturer of aluminium extrusion products for the building, automotive and mechanical engineering sector, took over a remelter in 2007. Since then, the company has been focusing on closing the aluminium materials cycle.
From CO2 capture and valorisation to CO2-negative. Mathematical models that help to estimate the investability of an innovative cleantech SME. Platforms of complementary Flemish and Western-European technologies that can be smartly introduced in India through VITO partner VTA. That and many more topics were discussed during the VITO BSDS 2015 conference. A report.
On 15 October, more than 140 companies active in the maritime and marine sector came together at GreenBridge in Ostend. The Business-to-Business meeting, which focused on offshore energy, was organised by GreenBridge, Flanders’ Maritime Cluster (FMC), Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) and the West Flanders Development Agency (POM).
With the motto ‘Our innovations, your entrepreneurial spirit’, VITO launched on October 1 the ‘BRILLIANT – VITO Innovation Plan’, a brand new online innovation knowledge base for businesses. BRILLIANT offers entrepreneurs access to a diverse range of cleantech innovations that companies can valorise in their own business. Today already over 100 entrepreneurs and companies registered as member of the BRILLIANT community.
We asked our global partner Cleantech Group to scan for some challenging concepts and innovations across the world regarding “metals and Cleantech”. Do they easily find their way to the money and investors? Here’s what they came up with … an interesting shortlist with 6 leading innovations! Well done, Borit!
The new office building of Van Hees Metalen on the border between Mol and Lommel, which was opened in October 2015, shows the untameable ambition of the recycling company in the Campine region and its 42 employees. Sustainability and innovation are the driving forces behind the family company.
GALLOO is a well-known recycling company in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. With the ReSolar project it is tackling the issue head-on, together with other relevant players, to provide solutions for … scrap solar panels! What systems and structures are there for collecting and recycling them? Are there opportunities for closing the loop and does this new maintenance sector promise new jobs?
What started as a lead de-silvering operation in Hoboken (Belgium) in 1887, got re-engineered in the nineties, and is today a state-of-the-art recycling plant for precious metals. Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining plant in Hoboken is world famous and its performance is globally recognised.
Bringing business, research and higher education together. That is the triangle the newly formed EIT RawMaterials focuses on. A lot of Flemish corporates and SMEs as well as research organisations are involved. What can we expect?
Anyone with anything to offer regarding ‘waste to energy’ should have attended the 2-day event organised in September by the German-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Brussels and Antwerp together with FCA. What were the German companies, what are their activities and what kind of collaboration are they seeking?
What’s the amount of venture investments in Western European clean technologies? It’s part of the core theme of the Pitch & Debate Lounge organised by FCA in Track5 of the BSDS 2015 summit in Brussels. Thanks to our partner Cleantech Group, we can provide you an overview.
Regions in the Western world, such as Flanders and the City of Antwerp, reach collection rates of 100% and recycling rates above 70%. Still there is a continuing need around the world to strengthen waste collection schemes and the implementation of separate collection to allow better recycling, refurbishment and re-use. It was the main conclusion of the ISWA World Congress held in Antwerp.
The Effizienz-Agentur NRW is the center for manufacturing SMEs in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for all queries regarding cleaner production and resource efficiency. EFA helped a paper manufacturing company to improve its competitiveness, the rolling mill of a steel company to save energy and materials, and a German brewery to minimize water usage and chemicals consumption.
Clean Tech Delta, an association of companies, research institutions and governments in the Rotterdam-Delft-Drecht area, plays as a ‘triple helix organisation’ an important role in the development and export of clean technology solutions.
GreenWin, innovation accelerator in the environmental sector is one of the 6 Walloon (southern part of Belgium) competitive clusters putting the Marshall plan into action. Focus areas are sustainable chemistry, sustainable materials in the building sector, and environmental technologies.
On December 3rd 2015, the Nord-Pas de Calais region invites COP21 to check out the “Third Industrial Revolution” solution. A specially chartered high train will take official delegations, associations, networks of local authorities, journalists, businesses and NGOs from Paris (Le Bourget) to Lille. Partners from Flanders are kindly invited!
Is your SME providing solutions for smart city concepts? Then join the BSDS 2015 conference in Brussels on October 20th and meet our partner Valluri Technology Accelerators at the B2B brokerage event. This organisation is travelling to Brussels to scout for innovative smart city concepts. On October 21th, VTA will pay visits to SMEs selected at the B2B event.
When a global player with important (agro-)food activities in 67 countries and 152.000 employees worldwide uses clean technologies wherever it can, the world will definitely become a better place! Cargill has over 1.000 employees and 9 production locations in Belgium, and Vilvoorde is home to Cargill’s R&D Centre Europe. We thought we had more than sufficient reasons for a short get-together about cleantech at Cargill.
On Saturday 20 June, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde commenced a week-long tour of China, accompanied by 100 CEOs, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. As well as visiting universities and companies, such as Geely and Huawei, the King was also present to witness the signing of important cooperation agreements. Clean technology also had an important role to play here.
The following companies have already confirmed their participation: (amongst others) Advanced Shipbuilding, AMW Industry, Blue Planet Academy & Consulting, Borit, CAPAX Environmental Services, eCOAST, Enervalis, Europem, Harsonic, KIC InnoEnergy, Millibeter, Pantarein, P-Laser, Process Design Center, Purotek, Smappee, Turbulent, VITO LaserCentrum Vlaanderen, VITO Membraan Technologie, XANT, ...
Dealing with energy and water efficiently, valorising secondary streams, limiting food losses and discovering alternative food sources. These are leading cleantech themes within the work of Flanders' FOOD, the ILVO and the Food Pilot. Enough material for an interview with Erwin Lamot and Lieve Herman.
After German companies got together at FCA in April and met Flemish counterparts on energy efficiency, 10 German companies were guests of OMC in June. In September there will be another cleantech Flemish-German B2B, this time concerning waste-to-energy.
Investors who have got their eye on Antwerp and the Port of Antwerp can count on a great deal of guidance. This was apparent from the various presentations by the City of Antwerp and Port of Antwerp that were organised at the Hilton on 4 June, on the occasion of the Antwerp Shanghai Trade and Investment Forum.
How about this: just buy the ingredients and quantity you need for a particular meal you want to eat here and now, already cooked either ‘unassembled’ as packages of ingredients still to be cooked. Investors worldwide at least found their way to smart and agile foodtech appie-like business start-ups! Feel the power of capital light – almost no infrastructure! – business models. How could this trend trigger new opportunities for your Cleantech SME?
Breeding resistant, high-protein and fast-growing fish locally while using only a fraction of the water, energy and fish food compared with classic aquaculture? Cleantech in the food sector doesn't get better than this! The Aqua4C spin-off from Leuven aims to produce some 200 tonnes of fish annually, in collaboration with Tomato Masters in the Stokstorm greenhouse horticulture zone in Deinze.
You've guessed it: the demands placed on the materials used in aircraft are higher than anywhere else. BMT Aerospace International nv specialises in the production of gears for aviation and aerospace applications. A visit to its site in Oostkamp shows the great lengths the company goes to treat metallic surfaces environmentally friendly.
Since 2013 Dymowave - a division of the Dymogroup in Olen - is active as distributor and producer of heating and drying systems. The applied technologies make use of radio frequency energy (RF; 27.12 MHz) for drying processes and microwave energy (MW; 2.45 GHz) for in-pipe heating of pumpable products.
Flemish and European Cleantech can use a new and smart EU Clean Technology Hub and Spoke for technology transfer to India. The Hub will be launched at next BSDS 2015 Track on “Cleantech Industry – Investability – Business Opportunities” in October in Brussels, and comprises all cleantech domains.
Phase I of the FCA 2015-2016 growth programme took place on 21 May. How attractive is your company for strategic business partners and investors? How is it positioning itself for growth? Is it in a position to persuade venture capitalists, subsidy providers and banks, etc. to offer it the financial resources it needs? On 21 May, 20 entrepreneurs who wanted to grow their businesses decided to test the waters.
No less than 15 presentations wowed a full house during FCA’s Supply & Demand session, held on 23 April in Houthalen. Afterwards, the session was wrapped up with a visit to Van Gansewinkel. The entrepreneurial meeting partly centred around materials and closed-loop processes. After all: there is no such thing as waste!
High-quality products and the systems that are used to make them require certain levels of strength, sustainability, functionality, effectiveness, efficiency and aesthetics, etc. Innovation and sustainability are key in the sector for the surface treatment of metallic materials, in both Flanders and the neighbouring region of North Rhine-Westphalia. FCA and its partners organised a Fact-Finding Visit & Round Table in the Evonik Feierabendhaus in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia-Gelderland.
As part of a business trip to Belgium organised by AHK debelux, 10 companies paid a visit to the FCA offices in Berchem on 28 April. Their aim was to familiarise themselves with the Belgian energy market in view of potential collaborations with Flemish companies.
Did you know that we are all greedy users of metals, all of which undergo important treatments before they become usable? We cannot imagine life without these metals anymore and the high-quality finishing that we are used to without really realising it. Although significant tension exists between the economy and ecology, the sector is proving smart and proactive in its efforts to move forward. In the run-up to EUROFINISH 2015, we were pleased to be able to interview a privileged eye witness!
The removal of biofilm from surfaces often happens with chemicals such as chlorine, hydrogen peroxide and other products which are harmful to the environment and even carcinogenic.This is completely different with Harsonic’s product! Biofouling is being battled for e.g. cooling systems, ship hulls, drinking water, irrigation systems, storage tanks, ...
Cleantech Group’s i3 Platform allows us to track industry data and recognize market trends in a number of sectors. Advanced coatings and chemicals are an important sub-sector within the overall Cleantech ecosystem. It nicely ties in with the subject of this Newsletter about Surface treatment and engineering.
For Flemish technology and a one-stop shop for environmentally friendly and controlled treatment of surfaces you can always count on Phibo. For years they have been partners of companies active in aerospace, automotive, metal constructions, rubber and plastics industry.
Ultraviolet light can be used to treat and disinfect contaminated process water and rinsing baths and for the recovery of metals. a.c.k. aqua concept Benelux is distributor of the original German concept of the current Enviolet GmbH till 2013 a.c.k. aqua concept GmbH.
Five innovative Flemish Cleantech companies decided to join FCA and FIT at the 11th Cleantech Forum Europe in Florence, around the theme “New Innovations for Old Industries: In search of an Industrial Renaissance”. That their presence did not go by unnoticed should not come as a great surprise!
Following the previous visit in November 2014, VITO welcomed a 2nd delegation from Tianjin, China to Flanders. The Chinese visitors are taking a course on air treatment organised by VITO. By way of demonstrating other cleantech solutions, FCA took them for a visit to Janssen Pharmaceutica in Geel, where no trouble or expense is spared to achieve an environmentally and energy-friendly production process. The water treatment process employed by Aquaplus nv and AppliTek’s monitoring technology were two of the featured attractions, with phosphorus removal as the main focal point.
It's a waste to waste your waste - This has been the motto of the De Neef group for over 30 years now and in today's environment this motto is even more valid. De Neef Chemical Processing is a leader in the purification and recovery of organic solvents and speciality chemicals mainly used in the chemical, pharmaceutical and paint industries.
DESOTEC ACTIVATED CARBON is an international developer, producer and supplier of purification solutions mainly based on activated carbon technology. Desotec’s complete solutions include the supply of a wide range of mobile adsorption systems, the design, construction and start-up of tailor made fixed systems and the recycling of used activated carbon.
What kind of impact do Janssen’s chemical and pharmaceutical production processes have on our drink and surface water? In recent years, there have been frequent reports in the media on the potential dangers of these kinds of substances for the environment. However, Janssen Pharmaceutica is adamant: nothing is left to chance. Operating within the scope of the ‘Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the Environment’ (PIE) project, they gather knowledge, enter into discussions with partners and develop effective measures with positive results.
For certain chemical reactions in the pharmaceutical industry, 6,000 litres of solvent is needed to obtain a mere 50 kilograms of product. Thanks to ‘Volume Intensified Dilution’ (VID), a patent-pending VITO technology, the same productivity is obtained using significantly less solvent.
Innovative technologies are driving sustainability across more and more areas of traditional industry, from agriculture & food to process manufacturing in categories like steel, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. In this part of our newsletter, we give the view of our global partner Cleantech Group who can provide interesting deal flow information from its i3-database.
VITO returned from a successful Economic Mission in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), led by HRH Princess Astrid. With three signed MoU's with research partners (GORD, Qatar University, Weill Cornell Medical College), VITO will contribute to the high ambitions of the Qatar 2030 Sustainability Vision.
On March 26th Chinese entrepreneurs from Wuhan, Chengdu, Beijing, Hebei, Canghzo, Shanghai … received an introduction in waste & materials management from a Flemish, European and global view. The delegation of Chinese entrepreneurs is in Belgium on invitation of Juxing, running the China Belgian Technology Center in Louvain-la-Neuve. As natural resources are scarce in Europe, it cannot surprise that Europe is champion in introducing innovative waste-to-product solutions for industry.
After years of preparation, the Chinese-Belgian Technology Center (CBTC) in Louvain-la-Neuve (LLN) is ready to welcome companies from China, Belgium and Europe to realize their business dreams. The third business visit by Chinese companies to Belgium took place between March 24th and March 27th 2015.
Corporates in search of state-of-the-art cleantech, SMEs offering clean technology solutions, SMEs specialised in engineering, procurement, overhaul, maintenance, … gathered for the Supply&Demand event organised by FCA and Port of Antwerp on February 11th. Available time slots for this Antwerp chemical&oil focused event were fully booked, and decision was made to hold ‘mirror events’ in Houthalen and Ostend in April.
It’s not surprising that Flanders is best placed to be involved in ambitious projects such as Cleaning the Indian Ganga. The water quality of the surface water in Flanders has significantly improved during the past 20 years thanks to efforts from the government, technological evolutions, a growing environmental awareness and private companies excelling on water treatment and purification.
What is it: upscaling US Technology in Europe, choosing for Flanders because of some well-defined pre-requisites, being named in the Cleantech Group’s “2014 Global Cleantech 100” out of 5.995 nominations received from 60 countries, being a model for a successful co-investment journey …? It must be FRX Polymers, headquartered in Chelmsford, MA and having recently commissioned its commercial plant in Antwerp.
Slowly but surely, the Chemical, Oil & Gas sector appears to be shedding its sticky skin. Or what to think about the many cleantech innovations and ditto investments that should not just safeguard their licence to operate, but help them to excel in the field of resource & energy efficiency. The data from the Cleantech Group’s i3 database confirm this, and with Big Data, The Internet of Things, etc., there is a treasure-trove of data, collected from innovative sensing technologies, ready for exploitation!
Does your company provide clean technologies that could help complement ETI Dynamics’ Infrastructure-as-a-service platform? ETI Dynamcis is calling for expressions-of-interest for one energy, one smart cities and two water projects in India? Find project briefs here, and carefully watch the deadlines!
When launching cleantech in China the right partners and a nudge are always very welcome. That was certainly the case when The Sniffers first set foot ashore in China. Thanks to TopOasis The Sniffers could gear up in a short term.
The list of references from The Sniffers is dazzling: there’s not a single chemical & oil corporate in the world that has not engaged The Sniffers for measuring and eliminating gas leaks in its production plants. Recently The Sniffers also added China to its field of action… In late January, FCA visited the plant of Exxonmobil in Meerhout. FCA was joined by a delegation from the Chinese city of Tianjin, who were following an air quality course at VITO in Mol. The 'The Sniffers project' at the ExxonMobil plant was a good case to visit.
Wrapping film, packaging plastics for foodstuffs, beverages, detergents and electrical cables: chances are that the basic polymer of these high-performance plastics was produced in the ExxonMobil Polymers Plant in Meerhout. One of Europe’s largest polyethylene plants has been producing this ‘white gold’ in Meerhout since 1977.
Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) is proud to announce that EpiGaN, one of its member companies, has won the Global Cleantech Cluster Association Later Stage Award in the category Lighting & Energy efficiency. The Global Cleantech Later Stage Award vets the most promising later stage companies across the globe, awarding the best with the exposure they need to succeed. We also congratulate Ducatt and Triphase who were ranked in the GCCA Later Stage TOP 30, meaning they made it to the TOP3 in their respective categories “Solar & Wind” and “Smart Grid”.
Close-knit value chains are a more attractive prospect for investors – even abroad! This is the philosophy behind a SUPPLY&DEMAND session organised by FCA, in collaboration with the Port of Antwerp , on 11 February 2015. Our companies should do more business (again) with other local companies. Cleantech is an important catalyst for this change and one that doesn’t originate in China or India,… but in Flanders! If SMEs and corporations manage to find each other again in old and new value chains, they will jointly be a more interesting international business partner and more attractive...
Flanders-based TREVI already worked on a range of projects related to the treatment of industrial waste gas for various customers in Europe and far beyond. The Chinese delegation, which was in Flanders to follow a course on air quality and combatting air pollution, paid a visit to two of TREVI’s installations on FCA’s initiative. Read here the report on their visit to LANXESS, TALKE and TREVI.
On 25 November, a total of 9 Flemish Cleantech companies came together to draw up an “Offer from Flanders” for the ambitious “National Mission Clean Ganga” project. To help their cause, additional pitches were held by FIT about the project and financing options, by VLAKWA about the water sector in Flanders, and by VITO about Cleantech and their vast experience with Indian authorities and organisations.
Two international ports coming together through Cleantech – a match made in heaven. A Chinese delegation from Tianjin, a seaport near Beijing and China’s fourth largest city, recently paid a 3-week visit to Flanders. Not only did they take part in VITO’s crash course on air quality and combatting air pollution: FCA also took the opportunity to introduce the delegation to the Flemish cleantech industry.
EnergyVille will supply its energy-saving technologies to the daughter company of the biggest manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock in the world, and that is no mean feat! The partnership between the energy departments of VITO, KU Leuven and imec managed to reach an important agreement with CNR’s daughter company via VITO’s Asian division. They will develop new energy-saving technologies for the mining trucks of the Chinese company.
In 2014, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany intensified their collaboration with regard to, among other things, the recycling of plastics, microplastics in wastewater and ways to intensify the business dealings between different companies and SMEs. Together, FCA and companies such as Umwelttechnologien.NRW, look forward to exchanging even more experiences and creating new business-to-business moments in 2015, for instance relating to soil sanitation. This initiative is definitely one to watch!
Also investors seem to like the recipe of capital light formulas built on big data and internet driven artificially intelligent “new know how”. We illustrate by focusing on the case which is all around us: the energy efficiency market. A service-oriented offering is preferred because it helps to move the industry forward, and lifts us beyond the pure technical hardware. Or as put by Cleantech Group’s analysts: the days of pure-play hardware solutions in the cleantech industry have waned…
From connected cars to the smart buildings we live and work in – big data and the Internet of Things are all around us and seem to be here to stay. Also as it comes to cleantech! Smart entrepreneurs manage to exploit novel business models built upon the troves of data being collected by an increasing numbers of smart meters and sensors.
The large scale collection of medical images and ‘Big Data’ image analysis is possible today thanks to the latest developments in relation to optical sensors and smart electronic systems. Images are collected from population groups in normal situations in a mobile and affordable manner, after which they are analysed. The possibilities offered by ‘mobile health’ are endless.
Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure, etc.: concepts that are already a reality here and there. Each and every one of them use vehicles as sensors. Be-Mobile collates important information from the anonymous data that have been obtained from connected vehicles. These data are useful for consumers like you and me and for road authorities too. The possibilities seem endless.
To what extent are battery-powered low-cost wireless sensors with long range communication a game changer in smart grid and demand response concepts? Actility endorsed LoRa: Long Range (LoRa) Radio technology, which supports both monitoring and remote triggering of sensors, and covers a wide range of Internet of Things applications. Via the Big Data captured by the sensors over longer timeframes, it is possible to discover operational trends and predict corrective maintenance.
On November 24th FCA will be hosting a delegation of the Tianjin Academy for Environmental Sciences (TAES), and the Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) in her offices in Berchem. Flemish cleantech companies will have the opportunity to learn about concrete project opportunities in Tianjin. The port of Tianjin in the industrial developed north-eastern part of China is an important gateway to Beijing.
FCA, Vlakwa and FIT are inviting companies to put together a joint offer for the ambitious "National Mission Clean Ganga" project, the aim of which is to tackle the pollution of the Ganges river basin and the surrounding catchment area. Technologies and concepts in the field of capacity building, end of pipe technologies and integrated cleantech solutions will be necessary to reach this goal. Don't miss this session on 25 November in Berchem!
How do international investors view smart concepts for energy storage and flexibility? How mature is this market, taking into account the type of capital being mobilised worldwide? Cleantech Group gave us a sneak peek at the main trends within the market.
ETI Dynamics is on a quest to find technologies and concepts in Europe for Smart Cities in India. With a number of specific projects in mind, they hope, during the course of the roadshow, to meet companies and organisations that could provide assistance with these. You can come along and find out more about their plans and enquiries in Brussels on the morning of 27 November 2014. There will be the opportunity to attend individual B2B sessions in the afternoon.
Electricity producers, storage providers and large and small businesses that use electricity would be well-advised to take a glance at the Enervalis solution. The cloud-based SMARTPOWER suite from Enervalis helps to predict production and electricity usage. This offers a number of considerable advantages: optimum usage of green energy and optimised purchasing ability on the wholesale market, to name but a few.
Generating energy using renewable sources is one thing, but storing and retaining it for later use is quite another. The Power-to-Gas concept by Hydrogenics provides solutions for sectors including transport, energy and chemical on a global scale. And they don't work on a small scale: the projects involve at least 1 MW of power and clients such as E-ON, the largest energy company in the world...all in all, projects that really make a difference!
KIC InnoEnergy provides a number of services that can help an entrepreneur with a good idea to launch an innovative business and turn it into a successful company. KIC InnoEnergy does this by bringing together companies, research institutions and academics. The aim is to create a positive impact on sustainable energy in Europe. But how does it do this? We put that question to Stefan Smets, Business Creation Officer at KIC InnoEnergy.
FRX Polymers has a major plant in Antwerp that produces polymers for environmentally friendly flame retardants. FRX Polymers ended this year with a place in the Global Cleantech 100 list, published each year by Cleantech Group. On 11 February, FCA will be organising a workshop for CEOs and will close with a company visit and tour of the FRX plant.
Congratulations to Ducatt, EpiGaN and Triphase: you've already finished among the top three in your respective categories in the international GCCA Later Stage Awards! You'll all head to Lausanne on 3 December to find out whether you're also the final winner! Which supporters are travelling to Lausanne with FCA and FIT?
How to grow a young material start-up into a world-class manufacturer? How to attract US technology to Flanders, and what’s the role of the investor in the scaling up? Which role play emerging markets in cleantech investments? Which Flemish companies took their chance and pitched in front of the members of Cleantech Group’s EU Advisory Board?
As a result of a visit of first delegation of Chinese companies to Belgium end of May 2014, already 3 Chinese companies are currently in the registration process for setting up a subsidiary in in Louvan-la-Neuve, the location where the Chinese-Belgium Technology Centre will reside and which is ran by the Juxing International Technology Investment. In September, Juxing welcomed a second group of professional visitors from China. Flemish cleantech companies are keen to meet them!
Who’s nominated by FCA and its partners for the yearly Global Cleantech 100 ranking and GCCA Later Stage Awards? Come and find out here, and even better: join FCA to the Award ceremonies!
In co-operation with – amongst others – FCA, the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency published 2 powerful reports highlighting Belgian Cleantech companies. The publications focus on “Belgian Waste and Recycling Solutions” and “Belgian Sustainable Energy Solutions”.
FCA’s Chinese partner CAEPI visits Antwerp along with 10 Chinese cleantech companies and meets 10 Flemish cleantech companies. They visit AMORAS site and The Hooge Maey, state-of-the-art examples of valorisation of sludge and sustainable landfills.
Access to raw materials at an affordable cost is essential for economic growth. i-SUP2014 questionned the supply of raw materials, the primary mining sector, closed material loops by recycling and business and policy framework for sustainable materials management.
How can the EU industry grow in the context of the current energy revolution? What are the main trends of this revolution, how will future energy systems need to look like, and does geothermal energy fit in the mix of solutions when considering sustainable urban growth and development?
Is Europe, the cradle of chemistry, is still alive and kicking? The challenges are certainly big: feedstock changed from coal over oil to renewable resources, markets changed from West-Europe to the whole world and especially to the east, and we moved from environmental contamination to high environmental concern and now to sustainability. Read here the conclusions of the presenters and participants of the I-SUP2014’s Chemistry track.
We are glad to present to you the seven entrepreneurs who will introduce their company and aspirations during seven minutes to candidate partners and/or investors on the occasion of i-SUP2014 in Antwerp. Who are they and what’s their story. Interested? Register for i-SUP2014 - Investment Track
Ten Chinese companies visiting Belgium in connection with the planned Belgian-China Technology Centre in Louvain-la-Neuve, the long-anticipated arrival of FCA's Chinese partner CAEPI in Antwerp together with 10 Chinese entrepreneurs, and helping with the preparations for the FCCC's cleantech mission to China at the end of October. The month of June is all about cleantech opportunities between Flanders and China!
Innovations in the recycling sector have changed the sector from a conventional waste processing industry into a dynamic industry that creates added value from waste streams that would otherwise be dumped. This has clearly not gone unnoticed by investors either.
All eyes on are REMO Milieubeheer - not just in Flanders, but in Europe and beyond. This subsidiary of Group Machiels operates an industrial waste storage facility in Houthalen-Helchteren, where 300,000 tonnes of waste are stored each year. It's more than "just" a storage facility: in mid-2014, Remo will begin operating the 1st phase of the "Closing the Circle" project. Waste streams which cannot be fully processed at the present time will be separated and stored with a view to their reuse at a later date. Thanks to REMO Milieubeheer and other Flemish innovators, our region excels in the...
Even as early as the 1908s, OVAM was sowing the seeds of what is now a pioneering recycling industry. And major strides forward are still being made today, with the introduction of ecodesign, the new Materials Decree and the launch of the Flemish Materials Programme. OVAM Administrator-General Henny De Baets explains how businesses can still play a role in the transition from a waste mindset to a materials mindset.
In 2015, the city of Antwerp will be bringing the annual flagship event in the waste management industry to Belgium. Flemish waste and materials policy and the results of concerted action by government authorities and businesses are now seen as an example to the rest of the world. Curious to know how you too can make a mark on this unique international event?
During its 30-year history, Indaver has evolved from a local Belgian waste processor into a strong player on the European waste market. Today, as well as focusing on waste-to-energy concepts, Indaver is also closing the material circle by efficiently reclaiming materials from waste for practical applications or recycling.
400 kilometres from Shanghai, in the Chinese city of Chaohu, they're drawing on the insights and pioneering techniques used at Hooge Maey in Antwerp to help them design a landfill site. Some examples are recovering biogas and converting it to electricity, purifying leachate and decontaminating the previously contaminated soil of the 25-hectare dumping zone.
Over the years, G.R.L. - Glasrecycling NV has grown into a leading recycling company specialising in upcycling all kinds of glass waste to create reusable raw materials. With a total processing capacity of 640,000 tonnes a year and a logistics fleet of 30 vehicles, GRL is one of Europe's biggest glass recyclers.
Deep geothermal plants will fundamentally change the existing order of energy supply in the fields of heating and electricity for households, industry, district heating, etc. What does the value chain look like? What types of companies can play a role? Does a deep geothermal project create jobs and what can we expect in the short term? You can find out at the ENERGY track of i-SUP2014.
Accompanied by NovoPolymers, Borit, The Sniffers, NuReSys and EpiGaN, FCA attended the 10th EU Cleantech Forum from 19 to 21 May 2014 inclusive; the forum was held in Stockholm on this occasion. When the European forum organised by the Cleantech Group arrives in a city, it is an honour and an opportunity too. This is because the Cleantech Group is always followed by numerous corporates and investors that can help to realize the rejuvenation of innovative, local cleantech SMEs. The Swedish SMEs were not the only SMEs to benefit from this event. Guest companies, like the Flemish companies,...
The recycling of electronic waste presents tremendous opportunities for employment and economic growth, even in the developing countries. Consider the often high value of the materials recovered. Some waste components and recycling processes are, however, mainly a cost factor. Using an holistic approach, WorldLoop hopes to encourage organisations and companies to substantially reform their current e-waste cycle. Come and listen to WorldLoop at the MATERIAL track of i-SUP2014.
At the INVESTMENT track of i-SUP2014 Finindus, Capricorn Venture Partners, GIMV, Capital-E, Bekaert Ventures, GDF Suez ... will be lifting the veil over the way in which they view investment opportunities. For their part, entrepreneurs will tell us how venture capitalists or corporate partnerships provide added value. In addition to this, 7 entrepreneurs will be seizing the opportunity to convince the public, possible investors and possible partners of their game-changing, innovative approach in 7 minutes. Come and listen to the 7X7 Entrepreneurial Showcases at i-SUP2014!
i-SUP2014’s CHEMISTRY track will provide you with ideas on how the faces of chemical industry in Europe might be changing. Time to pay attention to some exciting developments: what happened to Europe as the cradle of the chemical industry? What does the cross sector approach of chemistry with energy and other industry tell us? And what does sustainable chemistry mean to the developing world? You’ll get answers at the CHEMISTRY track of i-SUP2014.
Speakers from across the globe will be signing in and making a contribution to the i-SUP2014 congress: USA, Canada, Finland, Denmark, China, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany ... these are just some of the nationalities of the companies and organisations that are lending their weight to make iSUP2014 the most important international cleantech event in our Western European region. The same can be said about the visitors. The whole world is coming to Antwerp at the start of September. How about you?
Convert innovations with materials, energy and chemistry into sustainable economic growth. This is the lead theme for the 4th i-SUP conference being organized by VITO and TERI on 2 and 3 September 2014 in Antwerp. This kind of sustainable economic growth will only be possible if we have new and affordable renewable energy at our disposal. Therefore, the main theme of i-SUP2014 is the new - for Flanders - form of energy supply: heat and electricity from deep geothermal plants. Moreover, on 1 September Sir Richard Branson is kicking off this edition of i-SUP2014 with a major, public event...
Following the annual tradition, FCA, in consultation with 10 Flemish investors and opinion makers nominated the Flemish companies for the GCCA Later Stage Awards 2014. Who are the nominees and when will we know the results?
In consultation with 10 Flemish investors and opinion makers, FCA nominated the Flemish companies for the Global Cleantech 100 ranking. Who are the nominees and when will we know the results?
Advice from 10 cleantech companies active in India, a fascinating testimony after eight years of experience in India by Vyncke entitled "India I hate you, India I love you" and many other contributions, made the City Hall of Leuven on April 24st, the place to be for all those interested in India and Cleantech.
In the spring of 2014, 10 Flemish cleantech investors and opinion makers studied the Flemish cleantech landscape. Alongside a comprehensive company profile for 10 Flemish cleantech companies, the Flanders Cleantech 10 report also describes the overarching Flemish ecosystem: more than 100 other cleantech companies, relevant knowledge institutions, platforms, clusters, networks, ...
The 10th edition of the European Cleantech Forum promises to be one to look forward to: an exhibition stand dedicated to Flanders, a Flemish representative at the Entrepreneurial Showcases and a dinner reception in Stockholm City Hall, in the room where Nobel prizes are awarded. Flemish companies can still register via FCA to take advantage of a discount rate!
According to the i3 database of the Cleantech Group, Biofuels - Biochemicals - Advanced Materials represent approximately 15% of all cleantech venture deals worldwide, and at least one in every five is related to corporate ventures. For example, Solvat invested in Plextronics (printable organic electronics), DSM in Segetis (production of green chemical building blocks) and BASF in Luca Technologies (native microorganisms in subsurface hydrocarbon deposits). The Flemish Capricorn Venture Partners is amongst the top 10 Venture Capitalists that have taken part in a corporate deal of this type...
Are you searching for sustainable chemical formulations for materials challenges? If so, why not make ChemStream your first port of call? The company primarily specialises in high performance nanodispersions, functional coatings and inkjet inks. For all stages of development leading up to the production of prototypes, ChemStream is able to offer the necessary capacity to validate new concepts on site.
FISCH, the Flanders Innovation Hub for Sustainable Chemistry. Blue Gate Antwerp, a high-quality, eco-effective industrial park linked to the water-ways that strives to achieve fully closed material cycles and renewable energy. BlueChem, which helps promote a variety of sustainable chemistry entrepreneurs such as start-ups, talented professionals and entrepreneurs in R&D departments of companies, universities and knowledge institutions. These are the ingredients for a maximum pooling of resources in order to put the chemicals cluster, based in Antwerp harbour, together with the Dutch...
The focus that the Flemish sustainable chemicals sector places on biomass as the source of a new economy, process intensification, and an important field for concepts regarding CO2 usage, is also reflected at CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council. Because the prosperity and possibilities that we are used to in the 21st century in terms of the unbridled choice of electronics, mobility and the accompanying racing cars, sports equipment, clothing as well as meeting basic needs such as clean water and healthy food, will only remain possible if we switch to a chemicals sector and...
Soudal Window System is an innovative solution for fitting joinery components with insulation values and air tightness levels that remain well below the statutory limits. Moreover, it takes into account construction methods and types of timberwork that differ greatly between countries.
Ecover ensures that each and every consumer is able to do their bit for the environment, with minimum effort required. Thanks to two European production facilities and a third currently under construction in the United States, ecological detergents and cleaning products from Ecover are available in more than 35 countries. A world first is the use of algae instead of palm oil.
Taminco produces alkylamines, formic acid and derivatives, with its headquarters, R&D department and most important production centre located in Ghent. Today, the company manufactures an array of products based on sustainable technologies and raw materials, and has an active innovation department that continually researches new possibilities in partnership with customers and partners.
Eight Dutch and seven Swedish SMEs crossed the Atlantic Ocean to woo the public and investors with their cleantech innovation at the annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. In addition, another 15 SMEs from across the globe made their pitch in ‘Entrepreneurial showcases’ lasting 3 minutes. Compare their offerings with your own company here!
Based on the data in Cleantech Group's i3 database, it is notable that the bio-economic sector in the United States is already more developed in terms of investment than Europe. It is also notable that the focus of the European leaders is exclusively on applications geared towards biofuels. Europe clearly needs to start catching up here.
The Bio Base NWE network brings together leading European experts from the biobased economy in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. It helps SMEs located in North West Europe to transform new ideas into marketable biobased products. SMEs can obtain financial support in the form of innovation coupons to the value of € 10,000.
Ghent Bio-Economy Valley is a leading, European initiative for developing a biobased economy. The Port of Ghent is one of the founding members and plays a major role as logistic partner in acquiring locations for the companies. In addition to this, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a flexible and diversified pilot plant for developing, scaling-up and the trial production of biobased products and processes. These are the ingredients for a powerful, Flemish bioeconomy cluster!
An eco-system with an important role for biomass should be careful with scarce space, biodiversity, the environment and raw materials. This is where the Flemish AgroSavfe, a spin-off from the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology, is targeting its efforts with the so-called AgrobodiesTM. These allow plant protection products to be formulated with antibody fragments from ... camels!
Following a short threat of an Arab Spring erupting in Oman in 2011 and Sultan Qaboos recently having corrupt politicians and civil servants sentenced, Oman can now rightly call itself the best governed country in the region. With transparent processes that foster doing business in accordance with the proper principles and criteria, this has to be a promising region for Flemish companies, even SMEs. FCA encountered a great deal of interest in the know-how and expertise of Flemish cleantech companies while part of the Royal mission to Oman.
Helping technology providers in the water sector to bridge the "Valley of death" and supplying demonstration sites to knowledge-based SMEs in order to test promising, yet high-risk, concepts: these are just a few of the aims of Vlakwa, the Flanders Knowledge Centre Water. We spoke to Dirk Van der Stede, the Managing Director of the Centre.
Reprocessing waste water until it reaches drinking water standards can be achieved with the extensive range of solutions from Pantarein, including conventional aerobic treatment and aerobic and anaerobic membrane filtration. The 'air lift' technology, which combines the benefits of submersible membranes and conventional cross-flow technology, is striking and has been financed in an innovative way: Pantarein bears the investment and the customer repays it from the savings realised!
Which regions are in receipt of investments in the water and waste water sector? A comparison between the three regions, namely Europe and North-America, Asia and Africa, delivers a surprising result. The least prosperous and driest regions appear to attract little or no capital for projects in this essential sector.
Does your company regularly export equipment goods to a water treatment installation or to projects in the area of renewable energy, for example? Or does this form part of your plans for the future? On 5 February, FCA attended the seminar organised held by FIT about financial instruments for the export of such goods. The slides from the presentations and the contact details can be found here.
Fourteen FCA (Flanders Cleantech Association) companies subjected their cleantech company and revenue model to the 'Keystone Compact Light' and were presented with a telling picture of the capacity of their company to generate value and attract investors. Here are just a few examples. For those who could not attend the session, there is good news! Professor Peter Adriaens and the Keystone Compact Light method will be revisiting Flanders in September as part of the international congress for Industry & Innovative Sustainable Production (i-SUP2014).
WssTP is the European technology platform for water consisting of a total of 16 working groups that are tackling a number of topics relating to water, such as membrane technology and the ICT-aspects of solutions in the water sector. With scientific reports on topics such as sensoring and monitoring, agricultural irrigation and the controlled replenishment of water-bearing layers, amongst other things, and with access to projects financed by the European Union, WssTP forms an essential tool for any company that is active in the water sector.
Doubling the yield of plants and vegetable production in a desert environment whilst keeping levels of water consumption constant: this is now a reality, thanks to the special foam mats and foam chips from Opti-Water Systems. A number of other products provide a means of ensuring the seamless integration of water management and energy savings, an example of this being the 'anti-heatflux' green roof.
At the “Energy flexibility, energy efficiency and ... internationalisation” seminar that FCA, Greenbridge and VITO/EnergyVille organised jointly in Ostend on 21 January, FCA confronted the companies present with a constant reality: Flemish companies are too modest. High time for a shot across the bows.
Is there already a certain dynamic in relation to investments in wave energy? Who are the global leaders in the field of investments? How much capital are these players attracting? Which regions are in the lead? Within the framework of this newsletter we are going to browse in the i3 database of our partner Cleantech Group.
What effects do the construction and operation of wind farms on our Belgian coast have on the marine environment and on the flora and fauna? Based on its own experiences, the company eCoast, a spin-off from Ghent University, is well placed to explain to us the interesting opportunities in this field. The speaker is Thomas Vanagt, co-founder and CEO of eCOAST.
A new technology in the field of 'blue energy' or energy efficiency? Demonstrate its benefits in the Greenbridge Demonstrator in Ostend, and use the demonstrator to help commercialise it. Marianne Martens, Managing Director at Greenbridge, guides us through the possibilities. And in the field of internationalisation too Greenbridge's offer is a useful complement to that of FCA: Greenbridge has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Energy Ministry.
On 7 January at FCA in Berchem some 14 companies formulated their cleantech offer for a new port in the South East of Oman. They found willing ears from the Port of Duqm team who were in attendance and who formed a JV from Port of Antwerp and Rent-a-Port together the Sultanate of Oman. The session formed part of the preparations that FCA made with the interested companies for its participation in the Royal mission from 18 to 20 March this year.
Over the last 4 years the European capacity for producing renewable energy from, amongst other things, the tide, waves and so-called 'ocean thermal energy conversion' (OTEC) has quadrupled by more than 10 MW, and over 2 GWs of projects are being planned, according to Ocean Energy Europe, the pan European association that represents the sector in these matters to the European organisations and member states. The speaker is Rémi Gruet, Policy & Operations Director at Ocean Energy Europe. In addition, he will also tell us what priorities have been proposed in relation to blue energy for...
The position of IG Watteeuw in the 'blue energy' value chain must not be underestimated. The West Flemish company supplies gearwheels and gearboxes: these are vulnerable components of a wind turbine but at the same time they also have a significant effect on their profitability. Watteeuw's other trump card in the field of sustainable energy lies in the field of cogeneration: generating electricity and heat in a single process.
A great deal of preliminary investigation is carried out before a wind farm can be erected in the sea. Morphology, depth and composition of the sea-bed have to be thoroughly investigated. Various underwater inspections are made while the work is being carried out. Once the wind turbines have been taken into use the depth of the cables below the sea-bed should be checked regularly, for instance, and the sub sea steel structures should be inspected for corrosion. GEOxyz provides these skills from its strategically chosen location in Ostend.
EU Gateway is hosting a webinar targeted specifically at companies in the Environment and Energy-related Technologies Sector with an interest in the Korean market. Given that the application deadline for the upcoming Business Mission to Korea (9-13 June 2014) is just around the corner (24 January 2014), the one-hour webinar will give companies an overview of the EU Gateway Programme, the services companies can benefit from as well as the financial support offered, the application process, what to expect during the business week in Seoul and the contribution required from participants in...
Is your cleantech business a money machine? Do experienced cleantech investors like your cleantech concept? Does your cleantech business have an understanding of the entire value chain? The Keystone Compact™ is a method which allows to assess and quantify this type of parameters.
Indomania and Catching the Indian Tiger: a very succinct summing up of the mood of enthusiasm with which FCA, like numerous other participating organisations, eagerly awaited the meetings in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. What’s in it for your cleantech company?
Globally billions of dollars have accumulated in pension funds, a huge potential source of investment to give cleantech a boost. The partnership between GCCA and P80 Group Foundation ensures that from now on the big money will also find its way to small projects too. As a Flemish cleantech company turn it to your advantage! And how did the GCCA Later Stage Awards go?
Does winning an award affect your attractiveness to investors? We took a look at data from Cleantech Group’s 3i database and applied it to the TOP 30 of the GCCA Later Stage Awards 2012 and 2013.
Reflective and insulating paints: high tech in a pot found its way from Flanders to our neighbouring countries, the United Kingdom, USA and China. In mid-2014 Liquisol is launching an insulating paint for interior walls. Result: up to 22% less heat loss.
Derbigum is the brand for the professional roofer and synonymous with high-tech water sealing membranes and a new range of liquid and semi-liquid treatment and finishing products. Every one of these materials conforms to the highest reliability, safety and durability standards (proven lifespan: 30 years).
Starting a successful cleantech company with ... dogs! Globally The Sniffers occupies a respectable position as experts in leak detection and monitoring, with integrated software. The company also counts numerous refineries and (petro)chemical companies in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East amongst its customers.
While FCA focuses on the growth markets of China and Asia, for example, it nonetheless likes to use the assistance of partners to point its members interested in Japan and Korea in the right direction: the European Commission’s EU Gateway Programme shows the way.
We will be looking into the Cleantech Group’s crystal ball, the number one organisation to group the key cleantech investors worldwide. Together with Richard Youngman we look back on the recent past and look forward to the future. How will the cleantech world evolve?
In October, FCA opened the gateways to India for Flemish cleantech companies. It welcomed an Indian delegation that was looking for partnerships with Flemish cleantech companies.
ELECTRAWINDS managed to gain a TOP 3 position in the ‘biofuels/bioenergy’ category of the GCCA Later Stage Awards.
Also in October a delegation from Hong Kong visited the FCA office in Antwerp. Flemish cleantech companies took the opportunity to present their know how.
Flemish cleantech companies regularly ask us who the key cleantech investors/VCs are in Flanders. Using the information from the 3i database of the Cleantech Group, we present a list of the largest private players in terms of “numbers of deals” below, in which companies they invested and how much money was involved.
In this edition we are looking for investments in ‘leapfrog’ technologies and are therefore interested in investments in cleantech companies that are active in developing markets. For pragmatic reasons we are confining ourselves in this case to Africa and emerging markets, including the BRIC countries. Our source of information as always is the i3 platform, the Cleantech Group’s market intelligence tool. Because of the limitations of the i3 platform in this specific context, we are confining ourselves to three technologies or sectors by way of illustration, that is ‘smart grid’, ‘water...
The development and diffusion of environmental technologies to ‘emerging markets’ does not always happen without resistance. Government measures may have a significant impact on the ability of such an emerging market to absorb environmental technologies. This is precisely the subject that IDEA Consult, in conjunction with the Flemish VITO, the Danish Technological Institute, Ecorys and the Regional Environment Center, discusses in its contribution. A special focus is placed on the diffusion of environmental technologies to developing markets.
Energy poverty in the South is a major brake on further development. Mostly we think of the great shortage of electricity in this regard, although a vastly underestimated energy problem is the lack of energy for cooking. Solarcooking NV was set up to develop a cheap, easy to set up and safe parabolic cooker: the “Solar Cooker Eco3”.
Rytron was set up in January 2011 with the support of the Zuiderlicht cooperative (www.zuiderlicht.be). The social challenge is to help ensure that as many people as possible gain access to energy. Rytron endorses the implementation of the United Nations ‘Sustainable Energy For All’ programme.
Rytron offers autonomous and/or hybrid ‘solar energy technology’ because it is easy to use and maintain and above all is affordable.
ContenO was set up as a spin-off of Fill-Pack, which markets complete filling and packing lines for the drinks industry. Thanks to its years of expertise and international experience, ContenO was quickly and successfully able to put mobile ‘factories’ in the form of containers onto the market for the filling and packing of any type of liquid.