Enzymes

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are natural proteins that act as catalysts for biochemical reactions. When one substance needs to be transformed into another, nature uses enzymes to speed up the process. In our stomachs for example, enzymes break down food into tiny particles to be converted into energy. But enzymes are also used in numerous applications within the food, feed, household and industrial fields.

Enzyme

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Wood-based foam to replace Styrofoam and other plastics

Smart Foams project

The Smart Foams research project at Aalto University uses artificial intelligence to develop wood-based foams. Wood-based foam materials can replace Styrofoam and bubble wrap in packaging, for example. The researchers strive to optimize the properties of the foam. A mixture of lignin, wood fibre and laponite (nanoclay), for example, can be processed into shock and heat resistant foam and used instead of plastic.

Lignin binder

Lignin is the compound that binds wood fibres together. As a dried foam it is hard and water resistant and even conducts electricity.

 

Wood based foam

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Plastic Energy, ExxonMobil plan for joint recycling project

Post-consumer plastic waste recycling project

Plastic Energy is collaborating with ExxonMobil on an advanced recycling project in France that will convert post-consumer plastic waste into raw materials for the manufacturing of virgin polymers. The project is expected to be one of the largest advanced recycling plants in Europe, with an initial capacity of 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year.

Plastic Energy and ExxonMobil have been developing plans since 2018. A final investment decision is expected in mid-2021 with startup anticipated in 2023. The plan demonstrates how industry, government and consumers can work together to build a more circular system to capture value from post-use plastic.

 

Plastic recycling

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IFF Merges With DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences Business

Combined company to operate under the name of IFF

The previously announced merger of IFF and DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences will be completed. The combined company will continue to operate under the name IFF. The combined company’s global reach and enhanced capabilities will enable the creation of innovative solutions to respond to customer demands and increasing consumer preferences for natural, healthier and “better for you” products.

 

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Braskem invests 61 mio US$ in biobased ethylene

Biobased ethylene capacity

Braskem is expanding its production capacity of green ethylene, the main feedstock derived from sugarcane ethanol. Bioethanol is used in the production of renewable resins, such as polyethylene and ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA). These materials can claim to capture CO2. This raw material is produced at the company’s plant in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul. The plant’s capacity will be increased to 260 kton/year. Ten years ago Braskem started with 200 kt capacity for biobased polyethylene.This was complemented by EVA production in 2018.

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Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking

What is BBI JU?

The Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is a 4 bio € partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BBIC). Its goal is to stimulate the use of renewable resources and innovative technologies for greener everyday products. The BJU has created a variety of projects to convert lignocellulosic feedstocks into chemicals, fuels and materials. 

Nationale informatiebijeenkomst Bio-based Industries Joint ...

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