The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) is investing over € 230,000 in the Brightsite Plasmalab on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. On Thursday, 7 October 2021, Stef Blok, Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, visited Brightsite to reiterate EZK’s support for this special initiative. The investment from EZK will be used to acquire a plasma source for research at the Brightsite Plasmalab.
Brightsite Plasmalab: An important step towards sustainable chemistry
The goal is to make chemistry in the Netherlands climate neutral by 2050. The use of green electricity will play a key role. Brightsite has opted to focus on plasma technology, an efficient electrical process for splitting and synthesising molecules. Major sustainability breakthroughs are expected for both plastics manufacture and the generation of clean hydrogen.
Available to the entire innovation chain
A new generation of students and researchers from Maastricht University (UM) will be working at the Brightsite Plasmalab, using highly sophisticated equipment to design and construct demonstrators. The official opening of the Brightsite Plasmalab will take place on Thursday, 18 November 2021. It will be the base from which Brightsite partners UM, TNO and Sitech Services, working in collaboration with companies, will conduct groundbreaking research, optimise existing plasma technology and develop new plasma processes that can be applied in and scaled for the chemical industry. The Brightsite Plasmalab will be available to the entire innovative chain, from basic to applied research and from students to companies. The plasmalab is also expected to attract new parties to the campus.