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Preferential fees for WFES Abu Dhabi and VITO Arabia Launch

From January 15th till 18th 2018, your company can participate at special rates at the Flemish shared booth at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition, organized by FCA and FIT. Dhabi. During the Abu Dhabi Sustainability week, three world renown Cleantech exhibitions are organized at one location: Energy, Water, Waste.  Put your company in the spotlight for the whole world and hit 10 000 visitors from 110 countries! 
Participating companies are also invited for the Official Launch of VITO Arabia!

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2018 Cleantech Forum Europe Antwerp – What is in it for you?

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.

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Business opportunities in Shaanxi, China

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.

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Get a free FCA invitation for G-STIC 2017 in Brussels

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?

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Biobased as well as high-performing!

The time when sustainability was the key or only driver for biobased products is no more. As far as performance or robustness is concerned, biobased products have long since stopped playing second fiddle to the classic fossil-based options.

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Agro-Industry 4.0 and precision farming

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.

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Green Industrial IoT successfully marries cleantech and 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...

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Closing the loop for materials – the impossible made possible!

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!

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Sustainable chemistry

Het EU Cleantech Forum 2018 vindt plaats in Antwerpen, het kloppend hard van Europa’s belangrijkste chemisch cluster, dat de regio Antwerpen-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr bestrijkt

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!

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The EU Cleantech Forum comes to Antwerp - a one-off event!

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?

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City of Antwerp to host EU Cleantech Forum 2018

Now that Antwerp has been selected to host the EU Cleantech Forum in 2018, the Flanders Cleantech Association and VITO are continuing their efforts to enable Flanders’ cleantech industry to become active on an international stage.

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Port of Antwerp – cleantech in action in the (petro)chemical sector

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.

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Yulin – a safe and efficient bridge into China

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...

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smart@Sea – digitisation on and around the sea!

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. 

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FCA took part in the State visit to Denmark

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.

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The Port of Zeebrugge – the home port of the world’s first LNG bunkering vessel

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!

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The Port of Ostend – the home port of Blue Growth

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.

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Port of Ghent – the gateway to the Flanders Biobased Valley

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.

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Flanders' seaports – smart specialisation in action!

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.

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Cleantech in seaports

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.

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IoT/Industry 4.0 enters the recycling industry

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.

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EU-China Gateway Mission – opportunities for Flemish companies

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!

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Come and win over the EU Cleantech Forum in Helsinki

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.

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TOP-MIX – Hub for soil recycling, rubble and concrete!

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!

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Rursus NV & Geldof Recycling – Our environment is invaluable!

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!

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BULK .ID – smart machines for smart recycling

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!

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Tiger Power enters into a Cooperation Agreement with India's National Institute of Solar Energy

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!

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International collaboration in the 'war on waste'

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.

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Enervalis wins GCCA Later Stage Awards 2016 in the category Energy Efficiency / Lighting

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!

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VITO “Air quality sensor networks” co-creation process started

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”.

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Exypnos - Flemish SME realising 80% of its business in Asia – tips from Exypnos

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.

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TerraCottem - Leading soil conditioning technology

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.

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Keppel to supply technology solutions for world’s largest waste-to-energy facility

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.

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German-Belgian business opportunities in connection with “Solar heat in buildings”

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.

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India and the EU: leveraging Economic Opportunities in Trade and Investments

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”.

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Benelux and Spain exchange ideas on green energy and smart cities

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.

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Vyncke - Biomass valorisation tailored to local waste streams all over the world

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.

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FRX Polymers - Nofia – environmentally friendly flame retardants

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...

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Smart approaches to create technological support for the SDGs

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...

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HONG KONG - a smart hub for your cleantech in China – Information session 16/02/2017 - Berchem

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.

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Enervalis Top 10 Finalist GCCA Later Stage Awards 2016

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.

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FCA/FIT Awards - the winners are selected!

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.

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On the road towards Carbon Capture and Utilization

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!

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Waterleau awarded the extension and operation of the Marrakech WWTP

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.

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Capturing Innovation: venture capital investment in CCS technologies

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.

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Flemish cleantech knowledge in New Zealand

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.

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Ideas on materials and Europe’s ambition for 2050

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?

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Future energy themes will be covered at i-SUP!

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!

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About bio-aromatics, process intensification and membranes

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.

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Flanders Cleantech Internationalisation Awards 2016 - 9 finalists selected!

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.

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Waterleau to build largest solar sludge drying plant

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.

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Europem from Lier supplies Flemish CleanTech in India

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.

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Chinese and Flemish cooperation opportunities

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.

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EU Cleantech Forum Lyon - A real buzz at the Flemish Meeting Point

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.

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India is looking forward to Flanders cleantech!

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.

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Great opportunity to put your company in the spotlight: the FCA/FIT Awards!

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.

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Cleantech & Industry 4.0

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.

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Tiger Power - Clean energy with predictive and self-learning Energy Management System

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!

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Van Hoecke - Eco is the future of manufacturing

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’.

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Flanders’ Make – A new dynamic for the Flemish manufacturing industry

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.

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TE Connectivity – Doing more with fewer materials and less energy

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.

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Penetrating the Asian Cleantech market via Singapore

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?

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First application of Flemish know-how in Indian Smart Cities projects

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.

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Port Authority seeks “circular economy” for Churchill Industrial Zone

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.

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Green Technology and Smart Cities – hot topics for India

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.

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Flemish cleantech expertise in great demand in Middle East

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?

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Flemish Cleantech Power in Lyon

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.

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Flemish cleantech expertise in great demand in Middle East

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?

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Remarkable innovations & investments in food packaging

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.

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Flemish Cleantech Power at GLOBE2016 in Vancouver

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.

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The Packaging Centre / IMO-IMOMEC takes account of sustainability in its research into packaging for the food industry

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.

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VISKOTEEPAK – Proud to say we are always around

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!

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SAC O2 – Innovation concentrated in an SME!

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.

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People, Planet, Profit – the PURO aroma of MIKO!

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.

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From cleantech start-up to international growth business

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.

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Cards all over the world … it’s CARTAMUNDI!

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.

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Cleantech and paper for printing

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.

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Flanders work visit to Taiwan with cleantech on the agenda

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.

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Transition to sustainable economy in UAE is counting on Flemish know-how!

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.

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Albe De Coker – Our CO2mmitment

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!

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Hats off to EPC or the Eco Print Center of De Persgroup

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!

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Aluminium-as-a-service … financially sound closed loop concepts

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.

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What are the mission and role of the Flanders Institute for Logistics (VIL)?

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.

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Successful B2B Network event with Chinese and Flemish cleantech companies in Brussels

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.

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Cleantech Solutions to Global Supply Chains

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.

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Chinese Drinking Water Specialists want to further professionalise

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.

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TRI-VIZOR - "Carpooling for cargo": an intelligent and sustainable solution to the wide range of challenges in the logistics sector today

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.

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CityDepot - specialist in smart city distribution

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.

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Red trucks, green driving: H.Essers focuses on sustainability and efficiency

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.

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Flemish REstore wins global GCCA Later Stage Award in Taipei (Taiwan)

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).

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E-MAX - Doing magic with aluminium … X-ECO from E-Max!

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.

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Looking back on BSDS 2015 – Brussels Sustainable Development Summit - The last stop before Paris

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.

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Flemish companies to step up collaboration in the field of offshore energy

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).

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BRILLIANT – VITO’s Cleantech innovations at your fingertips

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.

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Cleantech Innovations that ‘Put the Pedal to the Metal’

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!

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Van Hees Metalen - five generations of recycling know-how

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.

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Galloo - A second life for scrap solar panels?

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?

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Umicore - State-of-the-art recycling of metals

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.

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Flemish actors get major roles in European Raw Materials initiative

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?

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German and Belgian entrepreneurs collaborate in ‘Waste to Energy’ projects

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?

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Cleantech venture capital investment in Western Europe: Steady but Sluggish

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.

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This was the ISWA’15 World Congress in Antwerp: 1200 guests, 230 speakers, and no waste!

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.

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Effizienz Agentur NRW - Examples of Resource efficiency in the German region of North-Rhine Westphalia

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.

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Clean Tech Delta – Cleantech Power from our northern neighbours!

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.

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GreenWin - The Walloon Innovation cluster - Chemistry and sustainable materials

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.

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Cd2e - Nord-Pas de Calais region launches the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’ and invites COP21 delegation

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!

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Indian technology accelerator scouting for West European ‘smart city’ clean technologies in Brussels

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.

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Cargill - Cleantech, side stream valorisation and precision agriculture – Cargill’s recipe for a sustainable food value chain

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.

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FCA puts clean technology in the spotlight during the State Visit of the King and Queen to the People's Republic of China

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.

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Meet these and other CEOs on 20 October in Brussels. Find out what they are looking for and what they have to offer!

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, ...

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Cleantech and sustainability in the agro-food industry

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.

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Flemish-German B2B exchange at cruising speed

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.

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The City and Port of Antwerp put unique investment opportunities to a delegation from Shanghai

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.

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FoodTech Start-ups enable a cornucopia of choice and convenience for consumers

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?

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Aqua4C - Cleantech revolution in aquaculture

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.

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BMT Aerospace - Want to fly safely? Place high demands on the materials used!

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.

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Dymowave - RF and microwave processing: Making waves in food’s clean technology

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.

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New EU Cleantech Hub for India – transferring clean technologies to India in a smart way

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.

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How attractive is your company for international business partners and investors?

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.

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Supply & Demand session in Houthalen attracts large numbers of entrepreneurs

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!

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Flemish and German Fact-Finding Visit & Round Table on cleantech and surface treatment

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.

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Energy efficiency summit of Flemish and German companies at FCA

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.

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Innovation and sustainability give surface treatment companies the edge

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!

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Harsonic - Biofilm removal without chemicals

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, ...

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Advanced coatings and chemicals attract investors’ attention

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.

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Phibo Industries - Your partner in environment-friendly surface cleaning & conditioning systems

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.

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a.c.k. aqua concept Benelux - The benefit of UV technology for surface finishing

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.

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Flemish representatives take Cleantech Forum Europe in Florence by storm!

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!

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Chinese delegation pays visit to the Janssen Pharmaceutica water treatment facility

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.

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DNCP – It's a waste to waste your waste !

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.

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DESOTEC – On-site active carbon regeneration

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.

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Environmental Protection – A crucial pillar of Janssen Pharmaceutica’s sustainability policy

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.

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Doing more with less – a case for less solvent usage in the Pharmaceutical industry

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.

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Cleantech companies driving sustainability in the pharmaceuticals industry

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.

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Successful Economic Mission in Qatar and the UAE with 4 agreements

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.

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Waste & Materials management in Flanders, Europe, the World…

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.

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China Belgium Technology Center up to speed – 3rd delegation impressed by Belgian Cleantech Power

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.

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Cleantech Supply & Demand session fully booked – 2 extra events planned

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.

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‘Clean Ganga’ – an offer from Flanders

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.

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Plant visit FRX Polymers – model for an eco-system driven by cleantech

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.

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Cleantech innovations in oil and gas – welcome at Digital Oil Field!

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!

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Water, Energy, Smart Cities, … in India – Call for Expression-of-interest

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!

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Reaching out to China – How TopOasis can help crossing the bridge

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.

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The Sniffers – Popular with multinationals

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.

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ExxonMobil in Belgium: 'Protect tomorrow. Today'

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.

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EpiGaN wins the distinguished “2014 Later Stage Award” in the category Lighting & Energy Efficiency

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”.

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Cleantech helps you grow – SUPPLY&DEMAND session to prepare you for internationalisation and capitalisation

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...

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Show off with Flemish waste gas treatment technology

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.

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Flemish Cleantech strives for cleaner Ganges

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.

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Can Flemish-based Cleantech help Tianjin in China?

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.

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EnergyVille signs contract with Chinese locomotive & rolling stock manufacturer

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.

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Flanders and NRW – good neighbours are worth their weight in gold!

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!

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Investments and the internet-of-things: the clean energy case - expanding beyond the technical hardware

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…

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Big Data, the Internet of Things ... it's all around us

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.

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DCILabs - Mobile health - at the crossroads of Big Data and health monitoring

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.

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Be-Mobile

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.

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Actility - Hi, I am LoRa, what’s your name? I am ready to optimise your operations…

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.

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Opportunities for Flemish cleantech in Tianjin

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.

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A Flemish Cleantech offer for "Clean Ganga" in India

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!

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Investment trends in energy storage and grid flexibility innovation

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.

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ETI Dynamics aims to find technology for Indian ‘Smart City’ concepts in Belgium

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.

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Monitoring sub-stations in a 'smart grid'

Smart meters, sensors and actuators are indispensable tools for an efficient 'smart grid'. Several Bausch Datacom projects illustrate the importance of this for clients such as Infrax and the operators of 'smart sub-stations'.

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Energy flexibility with the SMARTPOWER Suite

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.

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Power-to-Gas: storing surplus energy for later use

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!

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KIC InnoEnergy as a 'one-stop shop' - from an idea or start-up to a successful company

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.

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FRX Polymers in Global Cleantech 100 ranking

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.

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Three FCA-companies made it to the GCCA Global Top 30!

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?

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Flemish cleantech companies and investors gather at i-SUP2014’s Investment track

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?

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Chinese companies settling down in Belgium – opportunities for FCA members

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!

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Looking out to this year’s Global Cleantech Awards – FCA members nominated

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!

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Belgian Foreign Trade Agency publishes 2 powerful reports highlighting Flemish cleantech companies

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”.

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Flanders-China Cleantech Gateway in action – 10 Flemish meeting 10 Chinese companies

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.

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Resources supply at stake? The opportunities of closed materials loops and new business models

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.

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Growth and the current Energy revolution in Europe – Geothermal energy opportunity for Flanders

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?

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Up to a ‘renaissance’ of Europe’s chemical sector?

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.

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7x7 at i-SUP2014 - 7 entrepreneurs pitch at i-SUP2014

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

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A Chinese triple bill!

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!

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Innovations in the recycling sector result in new business opportunities and a stable investment climate

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.

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REMO Milieubeheer

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...

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From waste to materials policy

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.

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ISWA World Congress coming to Antwerp in 2015!

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?

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Indaver - closing material and energy cycles

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.

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Hooge Maey – redeveloping a landfill site

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.

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GRL - one of Europe's biggest glass recycling companies

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.

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Affordable and renewable energy thanks to deep geothermal plants

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.

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EU Cleantech Forum Stockholm – the Flemish steal the show

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,...

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Worldloop – 'changing the e-waste cycle'

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.

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Investors and entrepreneurs speak about their cleantech investments

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!

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The changing faces of chemical industry in Europe

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.

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The whole world is coming together at i-SUP2014 in Antwerp

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?

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i-SUP2014 - Transforming innovations into sustainable, economic growth

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...

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Flemish nominations for GCCA Later Stage Awards 2014

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?

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Flemish nominations for the Global Cleantech 100 list

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?

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India I hate you, India I love you – valuable advices and Do's and Don'ts at BICC&I’s event in Leuven

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.

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"Flanders Cleantech 10" report - a report to shout about!

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, ...

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FCA joins forces with Flemish cleantech companies at the EU Cleantech Forum in Stockholm

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!

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Worldwide investments in sustainable chemicals industry

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...

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ChemStream

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.

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Acceleration of the sustainable chemicals sector in Flanders

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...

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The European Chemical Industry Councils view - a game-changing role for CO2 usage

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...

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Soudal - Build the Future

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.

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Ecover

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.

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Taminco

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.

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Cleantech Forum in San Francisco – SMEs steal the show!

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!

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Global investments in bioeconomy

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.

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Are you an innovator in the West-European biobased economy? Use an innovation coupon from Bio Base North West Europe!

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.

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The gateway to the European bioeconomy is in Flanders!

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!

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Alco Bio Fuel

In addition to bio-ethanol for transport, Alco Bio Fuel also produces high-quality, protein-rich products from biomass intended for animal feeds. These can replace the imported soya proteins to large extent.

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AgroSavfe

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!

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Oman – itching for Belgian know-how

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.

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Oleon

Oleon transforms natural fats and oils into a broad range of oleochemical products that can be used in soaps, paints, cosmetics, textile stiffeners, polymers, ... or as esters in printing inks or flavourings, for example. Talk about high-quality valorisation of biomass!

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Vlakwa - the business accelerator for Flemish water knowledge and expertise

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.

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Pantarein

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!

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Investments in the water and waste water sector

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.

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Finance instruments for exporting equipment goods and related services

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.

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Are investors hungry for your cleantech recipe?

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).

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WssTP - A European Technology Platform on Water – full of must-haves for innovative water technology companies

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.

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AAQUA

With its Blue Hero® concept, Aaqua brings together the available expertise in water treatment and heat transfer technology: residual heat from discharged waste water is reused to preheat process water.

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Opti-Water Systems

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.

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FCA and Greenbridge complementary to the internationalisation of Flemish cleantech

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.

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Do investors already like the idea of wave energy?

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.

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eCOAST – To sustainable use of marine resources

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.

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A business accelerator for Blue Energy and Energy Efficiency

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.

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Flemish cleantech for a ‘new port’ in Oman

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.

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The European picture: Ocean Energy Europe

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...

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IG Watteeuw

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.

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GEOxyz

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.

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Webinar: Business Mission to Korea 2014

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...

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Building KeyStone Companies! Position for value capture en investibility

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.

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Royal Mission to India – two successful Cleantech Summits and numerous opportunities for cooperation

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?

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GCCA Summit – P80 Group Foundation – support of 93 former world leaders and access to pension funds

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?

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Is there a link between awards and investments in cleantech companies? An application to the GCCA Later Stage Awards.

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.

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Liquisol - High tech in a pot

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.

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Derbigum - Making Buildings Smart

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).

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The Sniffers, expert in emission and pipeline services

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.

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CG Power Systems

An offshore wind turbine somewhere in the world? There is a one-in-two chance that CG Power Systems supplied the transformer!

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The EU Gateway Programme for Japan and Korea

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.

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Cleantech investments: looking into the Cleantech Group’s crystal ball.

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?

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Twenty Indian mayors and public-private contracting parties were impressed by Flemish cleantech

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.

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GCCA Awards – the TOP 30 has already been received – CONGRATULATIONS to Electrawinds

ELECTRAWINDS managed to gain a TOP 3 position in the ‘biofuels/bioenergy’ category of the GCCA Later Stage Awards.

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Capricorn Venture Partners

In terms of deal numbers, Capricorn Venture Partners is the largest Flemish cleantech fund, whose portfolio includes FRX Polymers, a very hot topic!

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Finindus

With its focus on new materials, Finindus invested in the Flemish company Borit. A promising tandem.

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Hong Kong – a springboard to the Pearl River Delta for your cleantech?

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.

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Global Cleantech 100

No Flemish companies in the Global Cleantech 100 ranking. What lessons can be learned? What are the characteristics of the ranked cleantech companies? Test yourself!

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The TOP 5 Flemish private investment funds !

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.

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Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

Co-investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Capricorn and LRM speak about the promising company EpiGaN.

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Investments in cleantech september 2013

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...

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The development and diffusion of environmental technologies to emerging markets

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.

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Solar Cooking : Cooking with the sun: innovation for a more sustainable future.

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”.

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Rytron – Solar Engineering - Sustainable Energy For All

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.

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ContenO

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.

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