Brightsite and Renewable Feedstocks for Chemelot and Chemical industry

In the transition from linear fossil based to circular renewable economy, new value chains will develop connecting end-off life products (formerly known as waste) to chemical feedstock (productions).
Challenges, options and considerations and some technology developments.

A presentation by Rinke Altink, Program Manager, Brightsite.


Question 1: What drives you?
Sustainabililty in the sense of the Brondtland defenition: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” in my words clean-up our own mess ourselves

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Curiosity and hairy questions

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
waste to chemicals thermochemical vs gasification

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
insufficient..! we need additional biobased feedstocks to eradicate fossil feedstocks on the long run

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Governmental regulations with respect to waste handling are not drafted to also serve increased recycling processes and related logistics

About Brightsite
Brightsite makes a major contribution to the transition of the chemical industry to renewable energy and feedstock sources, with the aim of making this sector climate neutral and bringing solutions for other sectors. We boost the development and commercial application of technologies that enable the chemical industry to achieve its sustainability, safety and human capital objectives, in line with the climate challenge and energy transition. A great assignment where knowledge and skills of all parties come together, committed to securing and promoting employment in a sustainable manner.
A unique initiative

Knowledge center Brightsite is a partnership between Sitech Services, TNO, Maastricht University and Brightlands Chemelot Campus, and focuses on making the chemical industry more sustainable at the Chemelot site and other locations. The climate goals pose hugely significant challenges for the chemical industry, but they also provide opportunities. Sound transition management will result in economic growth and will draw in talent and business. As the development and application of new technology involves much more than just the technical aspects, the work also includes safety aspects, social acceptance, legal and economic feasibility, job opportunities and education.

Our goals closely fit the ambitions of the Dutch government and Province of Limburg. Holland Chemistry embraces this initiative and fully supports the (inter)national ambition.

Rinke Altink is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Circular Chemistry Conference.

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