Rotterdam Bio-based Hub? Online community session
On Tuesday, the 8th of March from 3-5 pm, we will organize the online Rotterdam Bio-based Hub? community session. The port of Rotterdam is at the start of a challenging period of transition. Greenhouse gas emissions have to be reduced to a bare minimum. To achieve this, alternative resources are needed to keep up with the current and future energy demand. Biofuel commodities from agro-residues are a crucial part of the energy system as they can fulfil the demands for materials, chemicals, fuels and energy at affordable costs. Should the port of Rotterdam become a bio-based hub?
The CAPCOM-NL (Clean Agro Pellet Commodities) project was initiated to test the production of a single intermediate commodity that would be denser, more stable, lower in nutrients and applicable in both thermal and fermentation processes. The results of the research can be consulted in the two-pager, download here.
In this community session on the 8th of March, we would like to invite you to learn more about the results of the CAPCOM-NL research and discuss the possibilities of this new method in the port of Rotterdam. During the session, we will hear from both the researcher Koen Meesters, Project Leader Bio-based Products at Wageningen University & Research and Andries Boon, Business Developer Biofuels at Shell. Together, we can decide if Rotterdam will become a bio-based hub.
In this project, the entire supply chain is represented: farmers (Cradle Crops), agro-industry (Palmaceites in Colombia and Raizen in Brazil), technology developers (Viride, Wageningen Food and Biobased Research and TNO), harbor facilities (SmartPort) and possible end users (RWE, AER). Biofuel commodities from agro-residues are a crucial part of the energy system as they can fulfil the demands for materials, chemicals, fuels and energy at affordable costs. A problem emerges however with regards to the biomass commodities as they have low density and are very diverse. Additionally, the societal image of biomass has been predominantly critical. How should the biomass industry develop in the future?