Recently, biocomposites have begun to penetrate several additional markets beyond the main sales market of decking. With the latest advances in injection moulding and 3D printing, both Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) are of high interest for a multitude of applica... Read more
Private and independent nova-Institute announces today the 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres – Technologies, Applications... Read more
Over the last three years the STAR4BBI project has studied policy and standardisation hurdles that bio-based industries face. During the recent stakeholders’ workshop in Cologne, a set of seven measures to achieve better policies and standards for bio-based industries had been concluded. Th... Read more
Analysis and evaluation of the opinion of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, BfR) from 8 November 2018 "Tetrahydrocannabinol levels are too high in many hemp-containing foods – health impairments are possible" No. 034/2018.
He... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Hemp fibre-reinforced plastic, hemp protein powder and hemp face cream are “Hemp Products of the Year 2019”
For the second time, the innovation award “Hemp Product of the Year” has been granted to the young, innovative hemp industry for finding suitable applications and markets for industrial hemp-based products.
After a 10-minute presentation from each of the nominated compa... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Six candidates nominated for the innovation award “Hemp Product of the Year 2019”For the second time, the innovation award “Hemp Product of the Year” will be granted to the young, innovative hemp industry for finding suitable applications and markets for industrial hemp-based products.
Focus of the award is on new developments within these business areas. Th... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Compostable sanitary pads from India, sustainable fibres from Finland and home compostable coffee capsules from Germany are the winners of the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”
For the 12th year in a row, the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” has been granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry. The award has been sponsored by InfraServ Knapsack and organized by nova-Institute (both located in Hürth, Germ... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Farmers and end users now benefit from a new database of industrial crops growing on marginal land!The European Union's Horizon 2020 project MAGIC has reached a milestone by uploading a beta version of its Decision Support System for farmers and end users, showing marginal land and an overview of industrial crops suitable to be grown on this land.
The 4-year MAGIC project aims to promote the s... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (EN): The state of the European bio-based economy is very mixed, the market is in a critical phase
Interview with Michael Carus, CEO of nova-Institute, on the development of the European bio-based economy and a shift towards a renewable carbon economy
Looking at the current state of the bio-based economy in Europe, one has to draw a mixed conclusion. Research and technology developmen... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Six candidates are nominated for the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019” – you have the choice
For the twelfth year in a row, the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” will be granted to the innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding new applications and markets for their bio-based materials.
The winners will be selected at the ... Read more
nova Session “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Markets, Trends and Innovations”
Workshop with leading biopolymer experts from Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand and the USA. Join in, learn, discuss and share.
The international biopolymer expert group of... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Natural fibres show outstandingly low CO2 footprint compared to glass and mineral fibres – nova-Institute updates its reference study for the automotive and insulation industry
Natural fibres such as flax, hemp, jute or kenaf are used in large quantities in the automotive industry to reinforce plastics. For years, the detailed and transparent assessments of the German nova-Institute have been the reference for the European automotive industry. Now the first comprehensiv... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: (DE/EN): Winners of innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2019” by Covestro and nova-Institute chosen
First-time innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2019” goes to Carbicrete (Canada) for cement-free carbon-negative concrete. The second winner is Nordic Blue Crude (Norway), with synthetic kerosene, petrol and diesel, and the third winner is b.fab (Germany) with an innovative biotech... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Trend Report on Carbon Dioxide-based Polymers – Technologies, Polymers, and Producers
Already more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2-based polymers on the market
nova-Institute presents a unique trend report on the utilisation of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a chemical feedstock for a wide range of polymers. The report includes the relevant technologies, polymers, developers and prod... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): The “Top 6” candidates are nominated for the first innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2019”
Biotechnological CO2 conversion. High value-added chemicals. Concrete. CO2-based fertilizer production. CO2 utilisation for cosmetic waxes. Even an independent system for homeowners to produce fuel from CO2. Everything and more is possible right now!
Six new technologies and products fro... Read more
What does “Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)” mean and what are the main benefits? nova-Institute’s newest paper provides deep insights into all aspects of the use of CO2: Concept and vision, (semi)commercial implementations, political framework, sustainability and economy. ... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): 2018 was a very good year for bio-based polymers: Several additional capacities were put into operation
The new market and trend report “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2018-2023” from the German nova-Institute shows capacities and for the first time also production data for all bio-based polymers.
2019-02-11, Cologn... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Applications are welcome for the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”
The established innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year” will once again be granted to novel, innovative and trendsetting bio-based materials and products. The target of the award is to bring new developments, launched in 2018 or to be launched in 2019, into the spotlight. Th... Read more
2019-01-31, Cologne – Standards play a crucial role in supporting the growth of the bio-based products market. They can help to increase market transparency by providing common reference methods and requirements that enable the verification of claims and certification regarding the bio-base... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Hemp becomes the world's billion-dollar business – worldwide largest conference on industrial hemp in June 2019 in Cologne (Germany)
Join the global meeting place of the fast growing hemp industry in Cologne on 5 - 6 June at the “16th EIHA Hemp Conference”. For the second time, participants will vote for the “Hemp Product of the Year”.
Last year, industrial hemp showed record cultivation figure... Read more
‘Royal COSUN Biobased Products’ introduced 100% bio-based rheology modifier, developed during PULP2VALUE demonstration project, for various consumer applications such as liquid laundry products
Betafib® is a 100% natural product based on sugar beet pulp with excepti... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Fermentable sugar as a raw material for the chemical industry: first generation as sustainable as the second – significant reduction in greenhouse gases for both
New study conducts quantitative and qualitative sustainability assessment of bio-based raw materials for the chemical industry
2019-01-14 Cologne – An extensive sustainability study carried out by nova-Institute shows that first-generation fermentable sugar is just as advantageous ... Read more
Winter special value pack: Get our current report with data for 2017 and receive the upcoming 2018 report for free
2018-12-05, Cologne – In January 2019, the nova-Institute will publish its new bioplastics market study “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Ca... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): For the first time, CO2-based products and technologies will be honoured – Apply now!
nova-Institute and the material manufacturer Covestro will award innovative technologies and products in the Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) area with the “Best CO2 Utilisation 2019”
2018-12-03 Cologne – Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) allows the approach ... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Common language across the value chains of bio-based products – where are the real challenges?
Misunderstandings of terms can halter the growth of the bio-based economy as this unclarity on specifications of products can influence the decisions taken by companies and ultimately consumers to make the switch to these materials
2018-12-03, Cologne - Terminology and common language us... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Horizontal standards to deliver a better integration and support to bio-based industry
2018-11-15, Cologne - Horizontal standards to deliver a better integration and support to bio-based industry
How can standards support the full deployment of innovation in the bio-based industry?
Standards are used in all parts of the bio-based product market. Their application is... Read more
The winners of the first "Future Protein Award": an insect bar, Proteins made from CO2 and Hemp protein – a guide to the future for modern consumers
During the new conference "Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)", nova-Institute presented the first Future Protein Awar... Read more
2018-09-18, Cologne – Congress report on the “1st PHA platform World Congress”, 04-05 September in Cologne, Germany
Author: Michael Carus, CEO nova-Institute
Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs are a group of polyesters (a platform) produced in nature by numerous ... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Innovation power of start-ups, research institutes and SMEs in the future of food and biomass production
2018-09-19, Cologne – Whether for digitisation in agriculture, urban and marine farming, improved crop efficiency or the production of sustainable protein, start-ups, SMEs, and research institutes play a major role in bringing innovation into the market.
Deutsche Fassung... Read more
Interview with Michael Carus, Managing Director nova-Institute
"REFAB is the most exciting conference we have held in a long time! Who would have thought that the agricultural and food sectors would develop such innovation dynamics?" (Michael Car... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Six innovative companies from four countries are nominated for the “Future Protein Award”
2018-09-12, Cologne – For the first time, the “Future Protein Award” will be awarded during the conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” (www.refab.info), 1-2 October 2018, Cologne Germany
The “Future Protein Award” is given... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Harvest failures due to drought – ground-breaking innovations in food production in sight
Food security is becoming an important issue even in Europe, where this year's summer drought has led to significant crop failures. How can future food security be guaranteed in times of climate change? Are di... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Future of Proteins: The first six participants for the “Future Protein Award” announced
2018-08-08, Cologne – The first Future Protein Award will be awarded during the new conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)” (www.refab.info), 1-2 October 2018, Cologne Germany
Deutsche Fassung: http://news.bio-based.eu/zukunft-der-proteine-die-ers... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Renewable Carbon is Key to a Sustainable and Future-Oriented Chemical Industry
The equivalent to decarbonisation in the energy sector is a transition to carbon from renewable sources in the chemical and plastics industries. The nova-Institute published a position paper on the future of chemistry.
2018-08-06, Cologne – The chemical industry may only develop in... Read more
Naturally improved resource efficiency
Worldwide, the interest in the development of microorganisms as biostimulants, biocontrol agents and agricultural probiotics has grown rapidly over the last two decades. At the upcoming conference Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)&rd... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Call for papers open for the 7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers
The latest CCU technologies and their implementation
More than 200 leading international experts in CO2 utilization and 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the “7th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”, 20-21 March 2019, in Cologne, Ge... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Renewable Carbon for Fuels and Chemicals – New political framework will support Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), technologies ready, investments expected
2018-07-26, Cologne – The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), is gaining momentum. First commercial production of CO2-based fuels and polymers has been launched, several additional technologies have progressed far enough to allow... Read more
The ocean has much more to offer than traditional fish farming and, as of today, we use only a fraction of its potential
2018-07-18, Cologne – New conc... Read more
Get an in-depth look into how innovations can both shape the future of organic farming and support smallholders worldwide
2018-07-02, Cologne – Mycorrhiza f... Read more
Despite improved insect resistance and herbicide tolerance the emphasis is increasingly put on modifying and improving other plant traits as well
2018-06-21, Colo... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Three new hemp products were granted the Innovation Award “Hemp Product of the Year 2018”: A Hemp fibre reinforced electric scooter, a new natural cosmetic skincare brand and the first Cannabis Root Spirit
2018-06-20, Cologne – At the “15th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)” 340 hemp experts from 41 countries met on 12 and 13 June in Cologne (Germany) for the world's largest industry conference and exhibition ever. The Innovation Award ... Read more
How precision farming and digitalisation revolutionise agriculture worldwide
2018-06-06, Cologne – The impact of the new technologies, such as robotics, dro... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): “Future Protein Award” honours the best solutions for the current protein dilemma
Will we be able to supply the growing world population with sufficient protein in the short- and long-term?
Many new ways are being explored to overcome future protein bottlenecks in food and feed. A number of alternative solutions are already available today. The categories “best ... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Strong growth in bio-based building blocks and moderate growth in bio-based polymers
New comprehensive market and trend report “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities and Trends 2017-2022” published by German nova-Institute
2018-05-22, Colgone – The production capacities of bio-based polymers continue to grow at around 3 to... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): How to cover the future protein demand? Insects, solar proteins and artificial meat will be crucial
Numerous universities and innovative companies are looking for new ways to close the future protein gap for food and feed on a sustainable basis
In the following you will find an overview of the latest developments, that will be presented comprehensively and, with the “Future Prote... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018” goes to Arctic Biomaterials from Finland for degradable glass fibre reinforced PLA
The second winner is Cardolite Corporation (US/Belgium), with a cashew nutshell residual-based blocking agent, and the third winner is AIMPLAS (Spain) with biodegradable nets for green beans. The special award of the jury was given to Warka Water (US) for a water collecting bio-based tower in ... Read more
Controlled environments enable agriculture under extreme conditions – latest developments at REFAB conference in Cologne
2018-05-03, Cologne – Have yo... Read more
Many new ways to overcome future protein bottlenecks in food and feed
2018-04-24, Cologne – The best concept and the best taste will be awarded at the confe... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Home, urban and vertical farming will play a central role in the future food supply of metropolitan areas
New technologies are entering the market and will soon change our habits for good. The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, Cologne, 1-2 October,allows a deep look into the future.
2... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: BIOFOREVER – Detailed evaluation of GreenPremium prices for bio-based products along the value chain
Almost 70% of industry experts report GreenPremium prices for bio-based products
In the framework of the European project BIOFOREVER (www.bioforever.org), nova-Institute has conducted a second survey round on GreenPremium prices for bio-based products and related questions.
Result... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: CO2 use is slowly picking up speed: First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear
6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels of investment as well as stimulated discussions on the right implementation strategy
With almost 170 participants, the conference i... Read more
“Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, 1 – 2 October 2018, Cologne (Germany) will for the first time bring together forward-thinking experts to have a look at the future of food and biomass production
It is hard to imagine today how our food will be produced... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Succinic acid: New bio-based building block with a huge market and environmental potential?
2018-02-28, Cologne – nova-Institute has published a new report on markets and trends for succinic acid as building block for the bio-based economy
The U.S. Department of Energy classified succinic acid (SA) as one of the twelve most promising bio-based buildi... Read more
2.3 trillion Euro turnover and 18.5 million employees in the European Bioeconomy in 2015 – Continuous increase of 10% since 2008
2018-02-22, Cologne – The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and s... Read more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production” (1-2 October 2018, Cologne)
High-tech strategy for a sustainable biomass supply
Today's global agriculture has a bad reputation, it is often considered a problem rather than a solution. Desertification and loss of fertile soils, over-fertilization and eutrophication of soil and water pose high risks to biodiversity... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Tenth Edition of the Bioeconomy’s “Who is Who” Directory to be Published – The Beeline to Suppliers and Partners in the Growing Bio-Based Business
The success story that is the International Directory for Bio-Based Businesses (iBIB) continues. Book your free two-page company profile for an unlimited time now
2018-01-29, Cologne – nova-Institute has been publishing the “International Directory for Bio-Based Businesses&rd... Read more
The new nova paper #9 aims at highlighting the most important aspects related to bioeconomy and circular economy, clarifying some common misconceptions and addressing limitations
Since the European Commission presented its Circular Economy Strategy and the related Action Plan “Clos... Read more