An innovative builder from Emmeloord was interested to learn whether applying plastics could help them in building more sustainable homes. And they wanted to know what this would mean for their production process.
To make the possibilities viable for Groothuisbouw and to develop prototypes, Partners for Innovation have set up a chain project. In this project an architect, a producer of roof duct systems, an injection moulder, an extrusion company, a composite producer, a producer of isolation material, a plastic collector and a plastic recycler.
Together these companies created several new and unexpected product ideas. The possibilities seemed to be endless. Three of these ideas have been developed into prototypes: a dormer, a chimney and a cornice. Partners for Innovation has also calculated the accompanying energy and environmental impact using our LCA-tool. The positive impact, compared to traditional products, turned out to be major. Moreover the composites alternatives have a longer lifespan, are easier to manufacture and require less maintenance.
The partners in this project will continue to work together to get this products to the market. The domers can already be admired in the Groothuisbouw showroom.
In this video Curver explains how they process 100% post-consumer waste materials in their quality products. Furthermore they will explain how they incorporate their environmentally aware DNA in the Curver Ecolife range, products made from 100% post-consumer waste materials.
This showcase is the result of an MJA3 project supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO Nederland) and The Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics Industry (NRK), in cooperation with Philips and developed by Partners for Innovation.
We are happy to introduce our new interns: Sophie van den Berg and Dennis de Wit.
Sustainable solutions in Uganda Sophie van den Berg is a student Science, Business and Innovation (SBI) at the VU Amsterdam. She’s doing research on sustainable solutions for lodges in Uganda (tourism sector). This research is a follow-up on a previously done research on energy management performed by Wouter Hoogland.
Sophie will also focus on water and waste management and check the feasibility of certain technologies based on technical, economical and social/practical aspects. The sustainable technologies are within the following key areas: sustainable cooking, water purification, sustainable water transport, waste management, farmer technologies, staff training en green certification.
“The research matches my study perfectly. They both focus on working at the crossroads of natural sciences and business. Concepts as ‘innovation’ and ‘sustainability’ are key and in line with my interests. Therefore, I started the research with a lot of enthousiasm and I am looking forward to my results!”
Electric mobility in Amsterdam Dennis de Wit is also a student Science, Business and Innovation at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The research focuses on the opportunities for electric mobility in the city of Amsterdam. The City of Amsterdam has in many areas been active in preserving its environment, yet we have formulated a study that may offer new insights to the city and the business community.
“I ended up with Partners for Innovation, because it is a innovative company, which focuses on sustainable solutions for businesses. Sustainability and innovation are within the education SBI the key terms which are being imprinted by day one. I will tackle this challenge these four months with a lot of drive and energy!”
We are happy to introduce our new colleague Marc Marsidi. He recently joined us at Partners for Innovation as advisor Sustainable Innovation. Marc supports companies and governmental organizations to realize their sustainability goals. He combines his knowledge of the paper and board industry with his experience as an advisor on energy-efficiency (policy).
Marc has experience as a researcher and consultant in the paper and pulp industry and as a consultant at Ecofys. He has experience with project management, life cycle assessment (LCA), waste management, energy efficiency and qualitative energy efficiency policy (national and EU level) evaluation.
Packaging is for most people a symbol of the “throw-away” society. Siem Haffmans advocates just the opposite. In the Circular Economy packaging is indispensable to prevent waste of food and products. Packaging makes money, and circular packaging by using packages of recycled or biobased materials even more.
Black Bear Carbon, has developed a process to recover carbon black from used tires. Carbon black is an additive in rubber, plastics and paints used to improve the properties of end products made of these materials. The harvested material is upcycled and used in high performance products including new tires.
Sustainable production of carbon black from used tires
Currently manufacturers of carbon black use the “furnace black” process, in which oil is used as feedstock. This leads to high CO₂ emissions and other forms of environmental pollution. Black Bear Carbon aims to produce carbon black in a sustainable manner. This project demonstrates an installation for the production of carbon black from old car tires. The produced material is tested by Italian project partner Trelleborg Wheel Systems..
Partners for Innovation has assisted Black Bear Carbon in developing the project plan and preparing the application for the Eco-Innovation grant. During the project Partners for Innovation provided project management support and conducted an assessment of the environmental impacts of the process compared to conventional carbon black production.
Eco-Innovation is a European grant to support innovation among SME’s and to improve their competitiveness.