Recycling paths are best walked jointly: This year’s Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC) showed the importance of collaboration

From dissolution to enzymolysis, gasification, pyrolysis, solvolysis, and thermal depolymerisation, ARC 2022 introduced the versatile and innovative landscape of advanced recycling solutions that reach way beyond conventional recycling. 

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Winter special – 20 % discount on market and trend reports all around renewable carbon until 6th of January 2023

From advanced recycling technologies, over bio- and CO2-based chemicals, building blocks and polymers to specific polymer insights: Get the latest nova-Institute reports around renewable carbon markets for a special price

The portfolio of nova-Institute’s market reports covers all rel...  Read more


More than just chemical recycling – Advanced recycling improves the synergies in the recycling sector

Recent developments in markets and policy clearly indicate a transformation and long-lasting change in the circular economy of plastics.

While the European Green Deal has set the overarching aim for the European Union, markets, big industrial players, emerging start-ups and everything i...  Read more


Info: Only three weeks left for your abstract submission: Cellulose Fibres Conference 2023

8–9 March 2023 – hybrid event (on site and online), Cologne (Germany)



Now, in 2022, the European Commission has made the thorough transition towards sustainability and circularity for different industries and especia...  Read more


Discover the diverse program of the Advanced Recycling Conference (ARC)

Be a part of the solution and discover the multiple pathways of advanced recycling

We are happy to present you a comprehensive program that gives all attendees the opportunity to gain deep insights into all recent recycling developments. Aside the talks we offer several opportunities fo...  Read more


European bio-based industry turnover jumps to 814 billion Euro despite Brexit

The annual update of the Bio-based Industries Consortium’s (BIC) and nova-Institute’s report on Europe’s bio-based industries reveals that, despite significant changes in this year’s assessment due to Brexit, bio-based industries continue to grow, marking a total contribution of over 814...  Read more


Making the most of sustainable biomass – certification schemes and labels developed in new EU research projects

nova-Institut GmbH announces its participation in two new HORIZON Europe projects – STAR4BBS and BIORECER – which both focus on the development of innovative certification schemes and labels for bio-based feedstock. 

Following a successful kick-off meeting in Berlin in September 20...  Read more


BIORECER – Guidelines to strengthen current certification schemes for bio-based feedstock

Starting in September 2022, the new HORIZON Europe research project BIORECER aims to ensure the best possible environmental performance and traceability of biological feedstock used by bio-based industries. BIORECER will also assess the impact of current and adapted certification schemes on cons...  Read more


Together we drive the evolution of the circular economy for plastics

First 10 speakers from leading and emerging companies confirmed – be part of the solution and submit your abstract by 30 September

Everything you ever want to know about advanced recycling technologies and renewable chemicals, building-blocks, monomers, and polymers based on recycling...  Read more


New bio-based polymer PEF shows low CO2 footprint

Peer-reviewed LCA study with in-depth assessment of industrial PEF production and its use as raw material for bottles

The nova-Institute conducted a peer-reviewed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Avantium’s PEF (polyethylene furanoate) applications within the framework of the European PEFerence ...  Read more


Native bast fibres for buses, boards and automotive equipment

Development of novel moisture-resistant natural fibre-reinforced composite for structural components in the DuroBast project

Native bast plants such as flax, hemp and nettle have been used for fibre production for centuries. Their fibres are characterised by a wide range of properties a...  Read more


Summer Special – 20 % discount on market and trend reports all around renewable carbon until 31st of August 2022

After publishing the latest report on advanced recycling technologies, nova-Institute is offering their previous reports around renewable carbon markets for a special price!

The portfolio of nova-Institute’s market reports covers all relevant topics on renewable carbon. The reports di...  Read more


The Biomass Utilisation Factor (BUF): A simple indicator to calculate circularity of biomass and bio-based products

nova-Institute publishes a novel indicator that enables to capture the circularity of biomass under consideration of both the cascading use principle and the efficiency of the biomass utilisation

The idea of transforming our economy from linear to circular has been visibly present and i...  Read more


New trend and technology report: Mapping of advanced recycling technologies for plastics waste – providers, technologies, and partnerships

The report aims to clear up this jungle of information by providing a structured, overview and in-depth insight. It focusses on profiling more than 100 available advanced recycling technologies and related providers on 200 pages including 14 figures and one table. Target audiences are the chemic...  Read more


Many advanced and proven solutions to replace fossil carbon in chemistry and materials already available

Electrochemical transformation of CO₂, a natural polymer for paper and cardboard coating and material-to-material molecular recycling of plastic waste are the winners of the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year 2022”

The unique "Renewable Materials Conference 2022", 10...  Read more


Converting CO2 through electrochemistry – The WaterProof Project

Starting soon, the new research project WaterProof aims at closing the waste(water) carbon loop by creating a novel biorefinery concept converting CO2 emissions from urban waste treatment facilities into valuable green consumer-products. The objective is a technology resulting in a GHG reduction...  Read more


CO2 Reduction Potential of the Chemical Industry through Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)

Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), CO2 Value Europe (CVE) and nova-Institute publish a study showing the CO2 reduction potential of the chemical industry through CCU

Today, the production of chemicals and derived materials heavily relies on the use of fossil carbon. Industrial processes need hyd...  Read more


Press release (DE/EN): Six Innovations are Nominated for the “Renewable Material of the Year 2022” Award

Participants at the “Renewable Materials Conference” will vote for the winners

One way to overcome the chemical industry's dependence on fossil fuels is to replace oil and gas with renewable carbon within the existing structures of the chemical industry. But it applies also to innov...  Read more


Converting wastewater into bio-based polymer, essential oils, phenolic extracts and clean water: The AFTERLIFE project presents its results.

AFTERLIFE demonstrates a new way of wastewater treatment that simultaneously recovers compounds of interest while converting remaining organic matter into a high-volume added value bio-based polymer.


In the AFTERLIFE project, a research team of 14 project partners from seven ...  Read more


Soap, proteins and highly complex molecules from CO2 – these are the winners of the "Best CO2 Utilisation 2022" innovation award

Large scale investments in CO2-based ethanol, methanol and aviation fuel are just around the corner – supporting climate protection and independence from fossil fuels. Participants of the "Conference on CO2-based Fuels & Chemicals 2022" elected the three innovation award winners. The award was...  Read more


Umweltfreundliche Mulchfolien für die Landwirtschaft

Einladung zur Abschlusskonferenz des Projektes iMulch

Während Kunststoffe in maritimen Gewässern aktuell zahlreiche gesellschaftliche Akteure beschäftigen, finden Bodenbelastungen durch Kunststoffe in Äckern und Feldern durch landwirtschaftliche Folien bisher kaum Beachtung. Besonde...  Read more


Six Carbon Capture and Utilisation technologies for a sustainable chemical and fuel production nominated for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2022”

Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals 2022 – Cologne (Germany) and online, hybrid conference, 23-24 March 2022

Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) Innovations of the Year 2022: A lot of technologies are in place and in development to face the challenges of a sustainable chemica...  Read more


PHAs: Tenfold increase in production capacity in sight in just six years

Market report “Mimicking Nature – The PHA Industry Landscape. Latest trends and 28 producer profiles” published

Natural PHAs are a class of materials that exist in nature for over millions of years. These materials are both bio-based and biodegradable, similar to other natural mat...  Read more


Connecting fibres: The cellulose fibre industry impresses with innovation and vision

Cellulose Fibre Innovations of the Year: Carbon Fibres from Wood, Carbon-negative Virgin Fibres from Straw and Sustainable Menstruation Panties

The annual highlight of the industry is the International Conference on Cellulose Fibres in Cologne (www.cellulose-fibres.eu), where the latest...  Read more


Unique equipment for biotechnological capture and conversion of CO2 into chemical building blocks developed in the BioRECO2VER project

CO2 as renewable carbon source

Carbon is the main element in numerous materials used in industrial processes and in our daily lives. It is currently mostly provided from fossil sources. But what if carbon could be used directly from CO2 emissions? Biotechnology shows particularly great ...  Read more


Press Release (DE/EN): Cellulose fibres strengthen networks: The industry meets again in Cologne, Germany, and online

Strict security measures make it possible: long-missed meetings essential for the growth of the industry will take place again

The annual highlight is the Cellulose Fibre Conference in Cologne on 2 and 3 February 2022, where the latest innovations will be showcased: from hygiene and textiles to ...  Read more


Political Tailwind for Alternative Carbon Sources

More than 30 leading pioneers of the chemical and material sector welcome the latest political papers from Brussels, Berlin and Düsseldorf

The political situation for renewable carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling for the defossilisation of the chemical and materials industry has beg...  Read more


Pressemitteilung (DE): Mikrobielles Upcycling – Eine Lösung für die Verwertung von Mulchfolien?

Forscher der RWTH Aachen entwickeln im iMulch-Projekt mithilfe von Mikroorganismen Upcycling-Strategien zur Verwertung von Mulchfolien 

Die deutsche Landwirtschaft verbraucht jährlich rund 1,1 Millionen Tonnen Kunststoff und verantwortet somit einen Anteil von 4,7 % des deutschen Gesamtverbrau...  Read more


Press release (DE/EN): Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022

Cellulose Fibre Solutions are expanding from Hygiene and Textiles as well as Non-wovens up to Alternatives for Carbon Fibres for Light-weight Applications

Great submissions made the nomination for the Innovation Award difficult. All of them present promising sustainable solutions in the field of...  Read more


The Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) celebrates its first anniversary

Looking back at a successful first year with a tripled membership count and presenting clear goals and ambitions for the second year

After its launch on 20 September 2020, the RCI (www.renewable-carbon-initiative.com) is proud to celebrate its first anniversary this fall. The balance sh...  Read more


Press Release (EN/DE): MeMBrane project ends after more than three years

The ERA CoBio funded MeMBrane project is drawing to a close at the end of this year and the team are reflecting on a successful project in difficult times.

At the kick off meeting in July 2018 the consortium from 9 institutions and 6 countries gathered in Birmingham, UK, with no one hav...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Does your innovation have what it takes for the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2022”?

International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022, 2-3 February in Cologne, Germany and online – Call for Innovations – Six nominees will get the chance to present their unique products

The footsteps are big: in 2021, Stora Enso from Sweden won the innovation award, granted on the fir...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): European bioeconomy robust as bio-based industry turnover jumps to 780 billion EUR

The bio-based industries continue their ascent marking a total contribution of 780 billion EUR, a notable increase of 30 billion EUR (+ 4%) compared to 2017. This represents a more than 20% increase compared to 2008 which is the earliest data taken into account in this series of reports by nova-I...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The winners of the last innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation” transformed CO2 into methanol, cleaning agents, plastic packaging or surfactants. What technology or product in the field of CCU have you developed?

nova-Institute and YNCORIS together with CO2 Value Europe are looking forward to your application for the innovation award "Best CO2 Utilisation 2022". The award will be granted at the well-established "Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals", 23–24 March 2022 in Cologne (hybrid event)

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PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The answer to your hunt for renewable materials: The Renewable Materials Conference, 10–12 May 2022, Cologne, Germany (hybrid)

The unique concept of presenting all renewable material solutions at one event hits the mark: bio-based, CO2-based and recycled are the only alternatives to fossil-based chemicals and materials (www.renewable-materials.eu) 

Ready-to-use fossil-free sustainable material solutions with a l...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): The success story of cellulose fibres continues – plastic bans drive innovation

International Conference on Cellulose Fibres 2022, 2-3 February in Cologne, Germany and online – Call for Abstracts and Posters – 300 participants and 30 exhibitors are expected

Cellulose fibres are among the winners of the European 'Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD)', which has ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): New BBI JU and EU Horizon 2020-Project PERFECOAT – High Performance Bio-based Functional Coatings for Wood and Decorative Applications

Project aims to develop and validate wood and decorative coatings with more than 25 % bio-based components

Achieving a climate-neutral Europe by 2050 requires the replacement of fossil-based material with bio-based material on a broad basis. Today, almost 1 million tonnes of paints and ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals 2022 – Call for Papers and Posters

More than 200 leading international experts in Carbon Capture and Carbon Utilisation (Power-to-X) together with 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the hybrid event on 23–24 March 2022, in Cologne, Germany (http://co2-chemistry.eu). Main topics of the conference are strategy & policy in CCU, r...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) New online presence for the content pages of the nova-Institute

As clear and colourful as the renewable carbon strategy

From the very beginning, there was a clear separation between the appearance of the nova-Institute and its services on www.nova-institute.eu and the content pages of the nova-Institute, which have enjoyed high visitor numbers for yea...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Challenging the classical view of yeast tolerance to alcohol

Contrarily to the established hypothesis that cell membranes should be rigid to resist high concentrations of ethanol, an outstandingly tolerant yeast presents a more fluid plasma membrane structure, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Researchers fro...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): VITO optimises CO2 conversion in the European-funded BioRECO2VER project

Industrial point sources of CO2 are well suited for carbon capture & utilisation applications, in short CCU. The conversion of greenhouse gases into added value (base) chemicals can take place in biological processes. With a brand new, unique high-pressure fermenter, VITO is researching how these...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): A tax on fossil carbon is more effective for a carbon border adjustment mechanism than a tax on CO2 emissions

Experts from the German nova-Institute present a tool for elegantly pricing the true cause of global warming

In light of increased efforts towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European Union (EU) is working on the implementation of a so-called carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM),...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Minimising investment risks in renewable chemistry

The nova-institute in Germany offers tailor-made and single client studies to reduce the risk of wrong decisions. And it helps to find the best solutions for the use of renewable carbon sources.

There is currently a lot of interest in renewable and green chemistry, bio-based chemistry, CO...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): For which plastic products is biodegradation a viable end-of-life option?

The final report including comprehensive fact sheets of 25 applications is now available online in German and English.

The BioSinn project found products and applications for which biodegradation at the end-of-life is a real option. 25 fact sheets answer technical and regulatory questions...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Computational models of cell factories for a sustainable future

Horizon 2020 Industrial Biotechnology project CHASSY demonstrates the use of digital tools in making microbial cell factories a more viable option for the bioeconomy.

Genome-scale metabolic models (GEMs) are an established tool for systematic analyses of metabolism for a wide variety of o...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Summer Special at the nova-Institute: 20 % discount on all market and trend reports starting now, until 31 August 2021

From technologies over building blocks and polymers to fine chemicals: The latest market reports on bio- and CO2-based production, recycling, bio-based naphtha and the mass balance approach for a special price

The nova-Institute's market and trend reports are considered the benchmark reports fo...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Winners of the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year 2021”: A chair made from hemp fibres and bio-resin, PET bottles made from enzymatically recycled textile waste and CO2-based household cleaners

The new concept of the Renewable Materials Conference generated an outstanding response: 420 participants witnessed a firework of innovations of non-fossil material solutions and voted for the winners of the innovation award

For the first time, the nova-Institute presented highlights and ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): The need for bio-based carbon in a sustainable future – Studies on support to R&I policy in the area of bio-based products and services

“Carbon Economy” project illustrates the role of bioeconomy in a low fossil carbon economy for Europe, today and in the future.

Carbon is the basis for a multitude of processes on our planet, many of them as parts of human economic activities. However, in a time, when “decarbonisati...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) How to meet the global need for carbon as a feedstock in the chemical and derived materials sector in the future?

The chemical sector has a long-lasting and increasing demand for carbon that is embedded in its products. Today, 450 million tonnes of carbon are contained in chemicals and polymers, mostly sourced from fossil resources. The free report “Turning off the Tap for Fossil Carbon”, shows how the ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Three advanced recycling technologies, a CO2-based cleaner, plant leather and a hemp chair are nominated for the innovation award "Renewable Material of the Year 2021"

For the first time: All fossil-free material solutions in one competition at the unique "Renewable Materials Conference". Six innovations were nominated from 36 submissions. The conference participants will choose the winner.

The choice was harder than ever for the advisory board of the...  Read more


PRESSEMITTEILUNG (DE/EN): Bei welchen Kunststoffprodukten ist der biologische Abbau eine sinnvolle End-of-Life-Option?

Das Projekt BioSinn fand Produkte und Anwendungen, für die biologischer Abbau am Lebensende eine echte Option darstellt. 25 Steckbriefe beantworten für jede Anwendung technische und regulatorische Fragen. Auch das Marktvolumen dieser Anwendungen wurde geschätzt: Es sind in Deutschland etwa 170...  Read more


PRESSEMITTEILUNG (DE/EN): iMulch: Neun Kriterien zur Charakterisierung von Mikro- und Makroplastik in Böden

Forschern des iMulch-Projekts ist es gelungen, die ersten drei Prüfkriterien zur Bestimmung von Mikroplastik im Ökosystem Boden zu etablieren 

Das Thema Plastikmüll ist inzwischen in allen gesellschaftlichen Debatten angekommen. Allerdings findet die Verschmutzung des Ökosystems Boden immer...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021”: The three winners of the innovation award are turning CO2 into methanol, cleaners, plastic packaging or surfactants

CO2 has become famous in a sad way. Carbon Recycling International from Iceland, LanzaTech from USA and Covestro from Germany transform it into usable raw materials. 

More than 180 participants from 24 countries followed the 41 speakers online. Experts from industry and science present...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Bio-based Naphtha and Mass Balance Approach – Status & Outlook, Standards & Certification Schemes

New report on alternative, non-fossil naphtha with the first comprehensive overview of technology, producers, plants and users

Bio-based naphtha has been available on the market for a few years now. In Europe, about 150,000 tonnes are already used annually, mainly for polymer production. ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Mr Climate Change and the Beastly Yeast

With restricted access to the labs in 2020, the scientists of the MeMBrane project have produced a children’s book about the SuperYeast citizen science project

As the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the project plans to investigate microbial membranes and develop improved strains for biotechn...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Renewable Materials Conference 2021 – A unique concept that covers all renewable materials solutions in one event

Program already available – application period for the innovation award “Renewable Material of the Year 2021” still open! The conference will take place as an online event.

Which renewable materials are solutions that meet the needs of future societies? As a response to this challen...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): How to utilise CO2? The nominees for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021” have the answers!

Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) is one of the most obvious solutions to further reduce CO2 emissions, but it is yet still hardly exploited. However, these six nominated technologies turn CO2 into value: ethanol, methanol, polyols, surfactants or syngas – the audience will choose the winner...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Stora Enso from Sweden wins the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021” with new cellulose foam for packaging

They are followed by Kelheim Fibres from Germany with high-quality hygiene products made of cellulose and Metsä Spring from Finland with an innovative cellulose fibre production process

Yesterday, the overall 190 participants of the 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres (CCF),...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as Chemical Feedstock for Polymers – already nearly 1 million tonnes production capacity installed!

Completely revised and extended third version of nova’s technology and trend report “Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as Chemical Feedstock for Polymers – Technologies, Polymers, Developers and Producers” available

The nova report addresses the polymer industry, brands, technology scouts, inv...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): For the first time: Growth rate for bio-based polymers with 8 % CAGR far above overall polymer market growth

Report on the global bio-based polymer market 2020 – A deep and comprehensive insight into this dynamic market

The year 2020 was a promising year for bio-based polymers: Sold out PLA in 2019 has led to the installation of increased capacities, PE and PP made from bio-based naphtha are b...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Doctoral student of the BioRECO2VER project wins the Green Talents Award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research!

Laura Rovira Alsina is doctoral student in Water Science and Technology from University of Girona (Spain) and is working in the EU-funded BioRECO2VER project focusing on bio-electrochemical systems for the conversion of CO2 into chemical building blocks under thermophilic conditions.

The ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Huge market potential for CBD and other cannabinoids – how best to produce them?

Cannabis removed from the UN prohibition schedule and CBD not considered as a narcotic drug – Two major decisions to drive further research to explore the full potential of one of the major and longest established medicinal plantsThe new report "Production of Cannabinoids via Extraction, Chemic...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Cellulose fibres are virtually miracle materials – Almost endless possibilities and high market growth due to great demand!

2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres, 2–3 February (online event) – Cellulose fibres have a wide range of applications that are increasingly expanding. The markets are driven by technological developments and political framework conditions, especially bans and restrictions on plas...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021: One of six nominated new technologies or applications will be awarded this title!

From cellulose foam for packaging over plastic-free menstrual pads to EMI shielding materials, the nominated six applications can help build a sustainable economy. 

For the first time ever, the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the innovat...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): nova-Institute’s Winter Special – 20 % discount on all market and trend reports till 8 January 2021

From technologies over building blocks and polymers to fine chemicals: Get the latest and upcoming reports on bio- and CO2-based and recycling markets for a special price

nova-Institute’s market and trend reports are considered the leading reports in their specific sectors. They have be...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) New market and technology report: Chemical Recycling – Status, Trends, and Challenges – Technologies, Sustainability, Policy and Key Players

nova’s new market and technology report „Chemical Recycling – Status, Trends, and Challenges” is addressed to the chemical and plastic industry, brands, technology scouts, investors, and policy makers. On 190 pages the report provides information around chemical recycling including 21 fig...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): A new era begins: The Renewable Materials Conference, Cologne and online, 18–20 May 2021

Featuring a unique concept to present all sustainable and renewable material solutions at one event: bio-based, CO2-based and recycled www.renewable-materials.eu 

There is a growing market demand for advanced and ready-to-use sustainable material solutions with a low carbon footprint –...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) For the first time the innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted at the “2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres”, 2–3 February 2021, Cologne (Germany)

The conference will be held as hybrid event – as physical meeting in which an online audience also participates

The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year” will be granted to the innovative cellulose fibre industry for the development of new technologies and applic...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Biology is an important science discipline to better understand the world we live in

By publishing a catchy and informative music video, the MeMBrane project aims to improve the public perception of biology as a scientific discipline and wants to motivate students to choose biology as their course of studies.

The overall aim of the MeMBrane project is to improve the toler...  Read more


PRESS RELASE (EN/DE): The future of the chemical and plastics industry: Renewable Carbon

nova-Institute publishes a comprehensive background paper on renewable carbon: definition, strategy, measures and potential. The twelfth edition in the nova-Paper series outlines the cornerstones of the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. <...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): You are an innovator in CO2 utilisation or you have developed pioneer technologies to capture or convert CO2 into fuels or chemicals? Join us and apply for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021”

nova-Institute and YNCORIS, together with the co-organiser CO2 Value Europe will award a prize to innovative products and technologies in the field of Carbon Capture and Carbon Utilisation (Power-to-X) at the “9th Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals”.

Capturing CO2 from ambien...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Results of seven years of market research published

Three online surveys on green premium for bio-based products and one in-depth consumer study, published now for the first time

Since 2013, nova-Institute has been investigating the pricing of bio-based products in various projects. Are there green premium prices for these products? How high are ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Bioeconomy worth 2.4 trillion EUR to the European economy as bio-based industries mark sizeable jump in turnover and bio-based share in chemical reaches record high of 15%

Bioeconomy worth 2.4 trillion EUR to the European economy as bio-based industries mark sizeable jump in turnover and bio-based share of chemicals reaches record high of 15%

The often-underrated bio-based industries continue their ascent marking a total contribution of 750 billion EUR to...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Chemical industry on the pathway to renewable carbon

This summer the first survey on renewable carbon in the chemical industry was conducted. 20 to 25% of the carbon supply is already renewable.

For years, the chemical industry has been successfully reducing the carbon footprint of their products by increasing efficiency and utilising ren...  Read more


Press release (DE/EN): 9th Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals – Call for Papers and Posters

More than 200 leading international experts in Carbon Capture and Carbon Utilisation (Power-to-X) together with 20 exhibitors are expected to attend the hybrid event on 23–24 March 2021, in Cologne, Germany (www.co2-chemistry.eu). Main topics of the conference are strategy & policy in CCU, rene...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (DE/EN): Save the date: 2nd International Conference on Cellulose Fibres, 2–3 February 2021, Cologne (Germany) – Submission for abstracts and innovations as well as requests for sponsorship are now possible.

The first conference already hit the mark, the second will go one step further! The focus will be on strategies, markets, technologies and sustainability – particularly on alternative cellulose feedstocks in order to reduce the demand for virgin cellulose, even as demand for cellulose fibre wil...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The winner of the innovation award “Hemp Product of the Year 2020” is Henry’s Hempharvester with a front-loaded attachment for harvesting industrial hemp flowers and stems – especially suitable for small farms

Second winner is an architectural research consortium with its modular, off-grid hemp house (SUNIMPLANT) in Morocco and third winner is the world first Lyocell type fibre made from hemp fibres or fibre waste (Lyohemp™ knitwear) 

nova-Institute congratulates the young and innovative com...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Six candidates are nominated for the innovation award “Hemp Product of the Year 2020”

This year, nova-Institute will host the established “17th EIHA Hemp Conference”, 16–17 June 2020, ONLINE. More than 400 participants are expected. The winners of the innovation award will, also ONLINE, be elected by the conference participants.

In times of the Corona crisis, the fas...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): New method shows promise for the design of more robust microbial strains in biotechnology

From sourdough starters to biotechnological bugs, micro-organisms make the products society wants and needs. The new European Green Deal is dependent on engineered microbes to make biochemicals to replace oil and synthetic chemicals as building blocks for consumer goods.

Microbes can be r...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Crises need clever minds – The winner of the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2020” is a wood fibre-based ready meal tray certified for home composting from Huhtamaki Lurgan (UK/Finland)!

The second place goes to a self-adhesive tape from monta Klebebandwerk (Germany), which consists of 90% renewable raw materials. Third place goes to a functional barrier coating from Fraunhofer ISC (Germany), which is a paper-based and compostable functional barrier coating for food packaging, co...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE):The world’s largest meeting on industrial hemp and cannabis will take place online this year – 500 participants from 50 countries and all industrial sectors are expected

17th EIHA Hemp Conference, 16–17 June 2020 (Online Event). An all-time record for the hemp conference was set in 2019 in Cologne (Germany) with 415 participants from 49 countries and 34 exhibitors. As in previous years, the audience will vote for the “Hemp Product of the Year”. The event is...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Only one established event on bio-based economy was neither cancelled nor postponed: The “13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” will be held ONLINE this year on 12–14 May 2020 – final programme available online

44 speakers from leading companies have confirmed their presentations. Topics of the online conference are circular economy, renewable carbon, chemical recycling and latest investments in biorefineries. Information on technologies, markets and policy will be provided for bio-based building blocks...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Novel bio-based alternatives from renewable resources – Six candidates are nominated for the innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2020”

Due to the positive experience with its first online conference in March, nova-Institute will also host the established “International Conference on Bio-based Materials”, 12–14 May, 2020 ONLINE. The winners of the innovation award will be elected online by the conference participants.

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PRESSEMITTEILUNG (DE): Verbundprojekt EvaChem – Stakeholder-Workshop am 14. Mai 2020 in Köln

Lernen Sie das Projekt kennen und diskutieren Sie mit bei entscheidenden Fragen zur Entwicklung eines praktikablen Multikriterien-Systems zur Evaluierung der Chemikalienproduktion. 

Was sind die vorteilhaftesten stoff- und prozessbezogenen Kombinationen aus Rohstoff, Syntheseweg und Ziel...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Innovative and sustainable ideas can’t be stopped by the Corona crisis! The winners of the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020” are Air Vodka made from CO2, a biological methanation process as grid-scale energy storage solution and a direct air capture solution for CO2

At nova-Institute’s first online conferences on PtX and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU), 50 speakers presented and discussed the future of aviation fuels and carbon dioxide as feedstock! www.co2-chemistry.eu 

In the face of the current crisis, nova-Institute decided to defy the ci...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Aviation fuels, CO2-based fuels and chemicals, PtX and CCU need conferences and meeting places for exchange – especially in times of the corona virus.

Unfortunately, nova won’t be able to hold the major conferences in Cologne next week due to general event bans in Germany: 1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels (in cooperation with IASA), 23 March 2020 and the 8th Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Pol...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Can the European Union's kerosene demand be met by the amount of biomass produced in the EU?

At the “1st European Summit on CO2-based Aviation Fuels” in Cologne 23 March 2020, all aspects of aviation fuel from CO2 will be comprehensively presented and discussed – especially in comparison to bio-based solutions. In order to make participation possible despite travel limitations, the...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE) Commercialisation updates on bio-based building blocks – The exit of key players, restructuring of production capacities worldwide, a shrinking pool of new start-up companies but also burgeoning discovery and increasing production of new building blocks

UK-based chemical industry consultancy Tecnon OrbiChem and the nova-Institute release their latest “Commercialisation updates on bio-based building blocks” www.bio-based.eu/reports

Since the last report in 2017 the bio-based building block market has shown considerable changes. Rangin...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The “Top 6” candidates are nominated for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2020”!

Vodka made from CO2. Biotechnological CO2 conversion to produce chemicals, polymers and methane. Synthetic fuels produced with CO2 captured from air and CO2-based consumer products. Everything and more is possible right now!

Six new technologies and products from four different countries ...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Despite storm and virus warnings, 210 participants joined “1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres” in Cologne, Germany

With 210 participants and 15 exhibitors from 26 different countries, the first conference on cellulose fibres was a great success and exceeded all expectations. The focus of the conference was on markets, technologies and sustainability – and especially alternative cellulose feedstocks.

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PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): Aviation fuels made from CO2 – Register now to be part of the coolest 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 impact...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN): Deep insight into a turbulent and growing market – Expert workshop on the global production of bio-based building blocks and polymers

nova Session “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities, Production and Trends 2019-2024”. A Workshop with leading biopolymer experts from Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. Join in, learn, discuss and share.

The international biopolymer expert group of the nova...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): The global bio-based polymer market 2019 – A revised view on a turbulent and growing market

Turbulent times for bio-based polymers in 2019: PLA sold out despite expansion, as did PHA. Bio-based PP available for the first time, increased production of PBAT, PBS, bio-based PE, starch-containing polymer compounds and epoxy resins. Lower production is seen particularly in bio-based PET. At ...  Read more


PRESSEMITTEILUNG (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 Rohstoffe...  Read 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 environmenta...  Read 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 very start...  Read 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 impact o...  Read more


PRESS RELEASE (EN/DE): nova-Institute’s Winter Special – 30% discount on all market reports

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 fro...  Read 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...  Read 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™, a...  Read more