Brightlands Chemelot Campus contributes to the “Duurzame MaterialenNL” Growth Fund proposal with Brightlands Circular Space (BCS). SABIC, Maastricht University, TNO and Brightlands Chemelot Campus are working together within the scope of BCS to further expand the infrastructure for pre-processing, upscaling, “designing from and for” circular materials, and the development of new post-consumer recycled (PCR)-based applications.
Over the coming five years, the Dutch government will be allocating 20 billion Euros for the National Growth Fund that will be earmarked for projects that will ensure long-term economic growth. Coalitions have formed around various themes and have arrived at joint proposals. Duurzame MaterialenNL (Sustainable Materials for the Netherlands) is one of 37 proposals submitted for evaluation by an independent committee in the near future. An announcement is expected before the summer of 2022 about the proposals that have been approved.
Brightlands Circular Space
BCS focuses on scaling up recycling technology and learning communities. “BCS enables us to set up the circular plastic value chain in concrete terms within the scope of the MaterialsNL Growth Fund application,” says Lia Voermans, director of Innovation Strategy at Brightlands Chemelot Campus.e are building a facility dedicated to developing new technology in order to scale up the production of circular plastics and other materials. We focus on three main steps in the circular value chain:
- Converting waste flows to valuable plastic raw material flows through preprocessing and sorting;
- Converting waste through mechanical or chemical recycling;
- Designing new materials and products from recycled material flows and designing products that can be easily recycled at the end of their life.