Overheidsopdracht methodologie voor Moonshot-duurzaamheidsevaluatie

De Vlaamse overheid heeft een opdracht gepubliceerd voor de ontwikkeling van een methodologisch kader voor duurzaamheidsevaluatie binnen Moonshot. Geïnteresseerde organisaties kunnen zich kandidaat stellen voor de opdracht tot 14 juni 2021.

Onderzoek met impact

Voor een optimale inzet van overheidsmiddelen binnen Moonshot, het innovatieprogramma dat Vlaamse bedrijven helpt om hun CO2-uitstoot te verminderen, is het van belang dat de impact van de onderzochte technologieën, producten en processen binnen de verschillende Moonshot-projecten kan worden ingeschat. En dat op vlak van duurzaamheid, klimaatvriendelijkheid, economische relevantie en technische haalbaarheid.

Duurzaamheidsevaluatie

Het Vlaams Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen (VLAIO) is, in samenwerking met Moonshot, op zoek naar een methodologie die toelaat om bovenstaande facetten te evalueren. Bovendien moet deze methodologie het mogelijk maken om de verschillende onderzochte of te onderzoeken technologieën in Moonshot met elkaar te vergelijken. Dit is niet mogelijk op basis van individueel uitgevoerde LCA/TEA-analyses met verschillende methodes of tools.

Interesse?

Heeft uw organisatie, al dan niet in samenwerking met andere organisaties, de expertise om deze methodiek en tool te ontwikkelen? Dan nodigen wij u graag uit tot deelname aan deze overheidsopdracht. De tekst van de opdracht is beschikbaar op e-Procurement. Kandidaten kunnen zich nog tot 14 juni 2021 aanmelden voor de opdracht.

Meer info

Voor meer informatie over deze opdracht kan u zich inschrijven voor een online infosessie op 20 mei 2021 (13u-14u). Inschrijven is verplicht, en dat ten laatste op 19 mei 2021 (12u) via mail aan clusters@vlaio.be. Tijdens de sessie is er ruimte om vragen te stellen. Stuur eventuele vragen bij voorkeur 24 uur op voorhand door naar VLAIO, eveneens via clusters@vlaio.be.

Contact

Bij vragen over deze opdracht of de online infosessie, contacteer Corien Struijk (corien.struijk@ewi.vlaanderen.be; 02 432 42 87).

Chemie als bakermat voor een betere wereld

De chemiesector speelt een cruciale rol in de verduurzaming van onze samenleving. Om de Europese klimaatdoelstellingen van 2030 en 2050 te halen, investeert de sector intensief in duurzame technologieën, processen en producten. Ook de overheid draagt haar steentje bij, bijvoorbeeld via het baanbrekende Moonshot-initiatief dat bedrijven helpt om hun CO2-uitstoot drastisch terug te dringen tegen 2050.

Een mooi overzicht van de indrukwekkende klimaatinspanningen die bedrijven, overheden en andere stakeholders uit de sector leveren vindt u in de bijlage “Duurzame Chemie” in De Standaard. Aan bod komen onder meer Moonshot-Manager Jan Van Havenbergh en BlueChem’s Leentje Croes, met verder ook inspirerende artikels over innovatieve bedrijven als Eastman, B4Plastics, InOpSys, INEOS en Alco Bio Fuel, opinies door essenscia en VITO, en nog zoveel meer!

Ontdek de volledige bijlage “Duurzame Chemie” in De Standaard van 30 april 2021 of surf naar de website van Mediaplanet.

Moonshot mikt op elektrificatie van chemiefabrieken

“Als je iets aan de CO2-uitstoot van de Vlaamse chemiesector wil veranderen, dan moeten kraakinstallaties een van de eerste aandachtspunten zijn”.

In een interview in De Tijd geven o.a. catalyst Luc Van Ginneken en Total’s Walter Vermeiren hun kijk op de elektrificatie van chemische processen en krakers, en dat bijvoorbeeld via het Moonshot-project P2O. Lees het volledige artikel op de website van De Tijd, of klik op de afbeelding hieronder.

VLAIO werft aan: Accountmanager Moonshot

Wil jij meewerken aan een innovatieve en duurzame Vlaamse industrie? Heb je een goede kennis van chemische processen en hun rol in de klimaattransitie? Solliciteer dan als Accountmanager voor Moonshot bij het Vlaams Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen (VLAIO) en misschien word jij onze nieuwe collega!

Als Moonshot-accountmanager bij VLAIO sta je in voor de sturing en opvolging van het Moonshot-initiatief. Je legt relaties, zoekt verbanden en start innovatieve samenwerkingen tussen bedrijven, universiteiten en kennisinstellingen op. Je bent daarbij de brug tussen bedrijven en kennisinstellingen. Je vormt het eerste aanspreekpunt voor VLAIO en externe actoren. Ook ben je nauw betrokken bij concrete onderzoeks- en innovatieprojecten binnen Moonshot, zowel bij het tot stand komen van de projecten als bij hun evaluatie.

Meer info

Klaar om de klimaattransitie van de Vlaamse industrie te ondersteunen? Check dan zeker de VLAIO-website voor meer informatie over de jobinhoud, de vele voordelen die VLAIO biedt, en de sollicitatieprocedure. Solliciteren kan tot en met 16 mei 2021. Het Moonshot-team kijkt er alvast naar uit om samen met jou aan de slag te gaan!

Waarom bij VLAIO werken?

71 companies participate in first industrial Advisory Boards

Over the past four weeks, Moonshot organised a first series of industrial Advisory Boards. In these meetings, the academic consortia behind the first series of nine Moonshot projects presented preliminary research results to no less than 71 interested companies. These companies, in turn, provided the consortia with valuable input to steer their research towards maximal industrial relevance. This interactive process reflects the industry-driven approach of Moonshot and underlines the importance of cooperation in reaching the 2050 climate goals.

Industry-driven research

To make sure Moonshot research at universities and knowledge institutes will lead to an actual reduction of industrial CO2 emissions, Moonshot actively involves companies in its operations through, amongst others, industrial Advisory Boards. During these meetings, the academic consortia behind Moonshot projects present the status of their research to interested companies and share relevant results obtained thus far. Meanwhile, participating companies have the opportunity to follow up on Moonshot projects from a front-row seat, guide the research by providing industrial input, discover innovative technologies in an early stage, and identify opportunities for the future.

2019 projects

Between 11 March and 2 April, one Advisory Board meeting was set up for each of the four Moonshot research trajectories (MOTs). All companies that signed a Moonshot Letter of Intent (LOI) were invited to participate. In this first series of meetings, preliminary research results from the Moonshot projects from budget year 2019 were discussed. These innovative projects took off in early 2020 and have now been running for little over a year.

Active participation by 71 companies

Across the four MOTs, no less than 71 different companies participated in the Advisory Boards. Most of these companies are situated within the broad chemical sector, with additional participants from the other sectors targeted by Moonshot, being petrochemistry, steel and energy. Moreover, companies from other sectors, VLAIO and a number of Flemish spearhead clusters also joined the discussions.

In a spirit of open interaction, companies formulated substantive questions and remarks concerning the presented research results. They were able to actively gauge to what extent the presented projects results could be integrated within their current or future operations. The academic consortia, meanwhile, grasped the opportunity to thoroughly assess the industrial relevance of their research and identify areas of improvement, or even opportunities for potential follow-up projects within Moonshot or beyond.

Looking ahead

Following the first Advisory Boards, in-depth bilateral meetings between companies and consortia that wish to engage more intensively will be facilitated by Moonshot. In the fall of this year, a second series of Advisory Board meetings will be organised. During these meetings, the 2019 projects will present their final findings. The 2020 projects, which started their work in March 2021, will also present some preliminary results. Interested companies who have not yet signed a Moonshot LOI, but wish to participate in this second series of meetings, can contact moonshot@catalisti.be for more information.

Moonshot organises first industrial Advisory Boards

In March and April, Moonshot will host its first industrial Advisory Board meetings. In these meetings, the consortia behind the Moonshot projects will inform interested companies about the status of their research. Companies, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to provide feedback to steer the research. The aim? Achieving maximal industrial relevance for the Moonshot projects!

Industry-driven research

Moonshot research is pursued at Flemish universities and knowledge institutes, who are responsible for the scientific development of the disruptive and innovative Moonshot technologies. In a later phase, however, these technologies will have to be deployed on an industrial scale and be implemented by companies. To make sure its research will lead to an actual reduction of industrial CO2 emissions, Moonshot actively involves companies in its operations through, amongst others, industrial Advisory Board meetings.

During these meetings, the universities and knowledge institutes will present the status of their research and share the interesting results obtained thus far. Meanwhile, participating companies have an opportunity to follow up on Moonshot projects from a front-row seat, guide the research by providing industrial input, discover and valorise innovative technologies in an early stage, and identify opportunities for the future.

Timing & Agenda

One virtual Advisory Board meeting will be organised for each of the four Moonshot Research Trajectories (MOTs). Click the links below to see the detailed agenda of each meeting.

MOT1 Biobased Chemistry AB
2 April (10h00-12h30)

MOT2 Circularity of Carbon in Materials AB
11 March (14h00-16h30)

MOT3 Electrification & Radical Process Transformation AB
19 March (13h00-16h00)

MOT4 Energy Innovation AB
24 March (14h00-16h30)

Please note that in this first series of meetings, only cSBO projects approved in 2019 will be discussed in detail. Projects approved in 2020 will only start as of 1 March 2021 and will therefore be included in a second series of meetings in the fall of this year.

Participation

Is your company interested in participating in one or more of the Advisory Board meetings? Please contact Merten De Kinderen (mdekinderen@catalisti.be) for more information on the registration procedure.

13 projects ready for take-off

As of 1 March 2021, no less than 13 new Moonshot projects will start their research into technologies, processes and products that will help Flemish companies become more sustainable and significantly reduce their CO2 emissions by 2050. To fund the projects, the Flemish government has set aside over 19 million euro.

From green butadiene to CO2 conversion technologies

All new projects, which were approved by VLAIO in late 2020, once again fit into the four overarching Moonshot Research Trajectories (MOTs) on biobased chemistry, circulairty of carbon in materials, electrification & radical process transformation, and finally energy innovation. The spectrum of research topics covered by the new projects is broad, and ranges from the production of green butadiene, over the upcycling of multilayered packaging materials, to CO2 conversion technologies and the development of high-temperature heat pumps.

Check the full overview of Moonshot projects to learn more about the new series of projects approved in late 2020.

Industry-driven research

The strategic basic research within Moonshot is pursued at Flemish universities and knowledge institutes, who are responsible for the scientific development of the disruptive and innovative Moonshot technologies. In a later phase, however, these technologies will have to be deployed on an industrial scale and be implemented by companies. To make sure its research will lead to an actual reduction of industrial CO2 emissions, Moonshot actively involves companies, and in particular the chemical, petrochemical and steel sectors, in its operations through, amongst others, industrial Advisory Boards.

19 million euro

Starting as of 1 March 2021, the projects have a duration of 18 up to 48 months. They are funded by the Flemish government, totalling 19 million euro in future-oriented subsidies. Until 2040, the Flemish government will provide up to 20 million euro in funding for Moonshot each year.

New Moonshot projects approved

VLAIO, the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has approved 13 new Moonshot projects. This is the second series of projects to get approval since Moonshot took off in 2019. Within the projects, Flemish knowledge institutions will carry out industry-driven, strategic basic research that will help make Flemish industries carbon-circular and low in CO2 by 2050. To fund the projects, the Flemish government set aside over 19 million euro in subsidies. The projects were realized with support from VLAIO and under the direction of Catalisti, the spearhead cluster for the Flemish chemical and plastics sector.

In 2020, Moonshot launched a first series of 12 research projects, aiming to make Flemish industries more sustainable by 2050. Concrete results have already emerged from these projects in recent weeks. Researchers at KU Leuven and UAntwerpen have, for example, discovered an innovative and CO2-free production method for ammonia as part of the P2C project.

A second project series

A second series of 13 Moonshot projects has now also been approved by VLAIO, worth 19 million euros in subsidies. These approved projects will start from 1 March 2021 onwards and have a duration of 18 to 48 months. These are all cSBO projects that focus on strategic basic research at Flemish universities and knowledge institutions, where disruptive innovative ideas will be scientifically developed and then, in a later phase, deployed on an industrial scale. To this end, Moonshot actively involves industries, and in particular the chemical, petrochemical and steel sectors, in its operations.

With this new series of Moonshot projects, we are again pursuing promising innovations that will contribute to a climate-friendly Flemish industry and help us realize the 2050 climate ambitions. In this respect, all projects are in line with the recommendations from the recently published roadmap study/context analysis. – Jan Van Havenbergh, managing director Catalisti

Research in 4 trajectories

The new projects all fit into the four research trajectories (MOTs), which represent the most promising transition paths towards the 2050 ambition: a Flemish industry that is carbon circular and low in CO2.

More projects in the pipeline

New Moonshot projects will come out of the pipeline every year. The Flemish government will provide 20 million euro in financial support for this purpose, each year until 2040. Between 2020 and 2040, this will amount to no less than 400 million euro in future-oriented subsidies.

Mapped: transition paths towards 2050

Carbon circular and low in CO2 by 2050: that’s the challenge facing the energy-intensive industry in Flanders. To make this challenge concrete, an expert consortium led by Deloitte presented a roadmap study/context analysis commissioned by VLAIO, the Flemish Agency for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. This study maps potential transition paths for the industrial climate transition and formulates associated policy recommendations. Moreover, the study also forms a benchmark for the Moonshot Research Trajectories. Catalisti, the spearhead cluster for Flemish chemical and plastics sector and host of Moonshot, actively contributed to this study.

The industrial climate objectives of the Flemish government are ambitious: a Flemish industry that is carbon circular and low in CO2 by 2050. To make this ambition concrete, Flemish minister for Economy and Innovation Hilde Crevits and VLAIO commissioned an expert consortium led by Deloitte to map potential transition paths for the Flemish industry based on a roadmap study/context analysis. In addition to Deloitte, VUB-IES, AMS and Climact also participated in the study, with support from the Wuppertal Institute.

Transition paths for chemicals, petrochemicals and steel

Over the past year, the expert consortium researched possible trajectories of the industrial transition, with a focus on promising technologies. This way, the path towards 2050 is being mapped in concrete terms.

The study, however, does not provide ready-made solutions, but emphasizes that industrial efforts are mainly needed in the following areas:
  • use of biomass as a feedstock or as an energy source
  • circular use of plastics through mechanical and chemical recycling
  • transformations of processes via electrification and the direct use of H2
  • capture and (re)use of emitted CO2 (CCS/CCU)
Depending on a number of breakthroughs and conditions, a CO2 reduction of 80 to 90% could be possible by 2050. In this context, particular attention is paid to the chemical, petrochemical and steel sectors. Together, these sectors account for 90% of Flemish industrial CO2 emissions that fall under the EU ETS system for emissions trading.

Moonshot

The study’s conclusions clearly underline the importance of the Moonshot initiative. The study confirms the research trajectories as outlined by Catalisti at the start of Moonshot, yet also identifies some points for improvement.

From climate ambition to action

In recent years, the energy-intensive Flemish sectors have already significantly reduced their CO2 emissions. Between 2005 and 2019, emissions in these sectors decreased by 11%. In the chemical sector by almost 27%! This effort will have to be intensified in the coming years. In addition to existing technologies, there is a need for thorough and disruptive innovation in new CO2-reducing technologies.

Moonshot stands ready to support the climate transition of our sector through collaborative innovation projects. Together with industries, knowledge partners and the Flemish government, we will translate climate ambition into action. – Jan Van Havenbergh, managing director Catalisti

Breakthrough in CO2-free production of ammonia

The production of ammonia, an essential chemical building block that is used in synthetic fertilisers, among other things, is one of the main sources of CO2 emissions. In the context of the Moonshot project P2C, researchers from KU Leuven and the University of Antwerp have now discovered an alternative, innovative and CO2-free production method.

The production of ammonia is associated with substantial CO2 emissions. In the chemical industry in Flanders, ammonia synthesis accounts for 15% of emissions. Ammonia production is mainly based on the Haber-Bosch process, employing a mixture of nitrogen gas and hydrogen gas, which is then converted into ammonia by means of high temperature and pressure. The use of natural gas, as a source for hydrogen gas, leads to CO2 emissions. Researchers have now developed an alternative method based on plasma technology.

“By combining plasma technology with concepts from the automotive industry, we can produce ammonia in a sustainable way. And the great thing is that the necessary raw materials, air and water, are available always and everywhere. In addition, for the production of the plasma, you can use renewable electricity from solar or wind energy.” – Johan Martens, KU Leuven.

You can read the full article about this innovative breaktrought via
https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2020/researchers-achieve-breakthrough-in-production-of-ammonia-without-co2-emissions

The P2C project is a collaboration between KU Leuven, the University of Antwerp, Ghent University and VITO.