PRESS RELEASE (DE): Identifizierung der vorteilhaftesten Kombinationen aus Rohstoff, Syntheseweg und Zielmolekül – Stakeholder-Registrierung für Verbundprojekt EvaChem offen
Was sind die vorteilhaftesten stoff- und prozessbezogenen Kombinationen aus Rohstoff, Syntheseweg und Zielmolekül? Wann sind Biomasse erster und zweiter Generation oder CO2 am vorteilhaftesten? Und, für welche Synthesewege und Zielmoleküle bleiben fossile ... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Finally! The world's first conference on cellulose fibres will take place in Cologne on February 11–12, 2020: “1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres”
The focus is on markets, technologies and sustainability
The global cellulose fibre market is one of the fastest-growing markets altogether, with an annual growth rate of almost 10%. Experts estimate that sales will exceed 50 billion dollars in 2025. The increasing demand for environmental... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Extended deadline to apply for the innovation award "Best CO2 Utilisation 2020" – CO2 Value Europe joins as innovation award co-organiser
nova-Institute and the innovation award sponsor Covestro welcome CO2 Value Europe as the co-organiser of the innovation award. The programme promises an outstanding “8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”. Be part of the innovation from the ve... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Using CO2 as a raw material for aviation fuels is the cool new thing on the way to low-emission air transport
1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels, 23 March 2020, Cologne (Germany) on Sustainable Strategies & Solutions for Cleaner Air Transport
The vital question for the future of aviation is: how do we tackle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from air transport and their serious impac... more
From global overview to special subjects: Get the latest and outstanding market reports for a special price
The portfolio of nova-Institute’s market reports covers all relevant topics in the bio- and CO2-based economy: technology, policy and the latest market data. The studies range ... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): BT2i and nova-Institute join forces to offer multi-client program for technology and market intelligence on “Greener Plastics”
Companies can now profit from the long-standing experience of two leading European research institutes on innovation and technology
As of November 2019, BT2i (France) and nova-Institute (Germany) have signed a long-term agreement to accelerate and enlarge the success of a brand new TWatch&... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Winners of the innovation award “Biocomposite of the Year 2019” show the amazing versatility of commercially available biocomposites
Golden Compound from Germany won the first place with its certified home compostable coffee capsules. KNN Cellulose from the Netherlands took second place with their biocomposite granulates made from recycled toilet paper. And Bcomp from Switzerland achieved third place with their powerRibs&trade... more
PRESSEMITTEILUNG (DE): In welchen Anwendungen ist biologischer Abbau als End-of-Life wirklich sinnvoll – Mitglieder für Experten-Beirat gesucht
Wann ergibt biologischer Abbau ökologisch Sinn? Gibt es für solche Anwendungen bereits die geeigneten Materialien? Wie sind die marktwirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen?
Diese und weitere Fragen wird das neu gestartete Projekt „Steckbriefe sinnvoller biologisch abbaubarer Pr... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): You have developed an innovative CO2-based product or established a disruptive technology for CO2 utilisation? Then seize your chance and apply for the innovation award "Best CO2 Utilisation 2020"
For the second time in a row, nova-Institute and Covestro will award a prize to innovative products and technologies in the field of Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) at the "Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers".
Over the last few years, several... more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Six candidates are nominated for the innovation award “Biocomposite of the Year 2019” – Biocomposites are highly versatile: the choice is yours!
For the seventh year in a row, the innovation award “Biocomposite of the Year” will be granted to producers and inventors of innovative, new applications for biocomposites – Natural Fibre Composites (NFC) and Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC)
There has never been a greater de... more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Levulinic acid and succinic acid – A realistic look at the present and future of two versatile bio-based platform chemicals and their market development
Both chemicals, levulinic and succinic acid, were selected twice as promising bio-based building blocks for the chemical industry. While a strong hype pushed exaggerated market expectations for succinic acid, levulinic acid developed in secret.
Two new market reports published by nova-Inst... more
In the “iMulch” project, funded by the EU and the German federate state North Rhine-Westphalia, scientists are developing new measuring methods to analyse the effects of plastics (micro and macro plastics) on soils and drainage waters
As plastics production continues to grow gl... more
130,000 t of biocomposite granulates are available for greening in Europe. World's largest biocomposites conference in November in Cologne (Germany).
Today’s customers expect companies to reduce plastics in their products. But this is difficult without compromising pe... more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN) Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) is picking up speed. Leading conference on carbon dioxide as feedstock for fuels, chemicals and polymers calls for presentations
More than 200 leading international experts on CO2 utilisation and 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the “8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers”, 24-25 March 2020, in Cologne, Germany (www.co2-chemistry.eu). Main topics of the conference ar... more
Michael Carus, CEO nova-Institute, in interview with editor Svenja Geerken, Bio-based News (news.bio-based.eu)
Svenja: Currently, plastics are under great pressure. But you still seem to like plastics?
Michael: Absolutely. There are no other materials that have such a broad spectr... more
PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): nova Session “Technology of the Future: Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)” – Renewable Carbon for kerosene, naphtha, chemicals and polymers
CCU as a fast-moving, environmental- and industry-driven innovation area attracts more and more stakeholders. Learn, discuss and share with leading Norwegian investor, expert from the aviation fuel industry and from the chemical sector.
Several start-ups and established companies already... more
PRESS RELEASE (EN): New figures reveal sustained growth for the European bioeconomy – 2.3 trillion EUR turnover and 18.6 million people employed in 2016
A study conducted in 2016 by nova-Institute on behalf of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) showed for the first time which macroeconomic effects are generated by the bioeconomy e.g. turnover and employment for the years 2008 and 2013. An update of the study with 2014 and... more
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... more
Private and independent nova-Institute announces today the 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres – Technologies, Applications... 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... 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.
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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. ... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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... 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 ... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... more
How precision farming and digitalisation revolutionise agriculture worldwide
2018-06-06, Cologne – The impact of the new technologies, such as robotics, dro... 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 ... 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... 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... 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 ... more
Controlled environments enable agriculture under extreme conditions – latest developments at REFAB conference in Cologne
2018-05-03, Cologne – Have yo... 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... 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.
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.
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more