As part of Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Edition and ESD are looking for innovative solutions to develop biocoke to specification for use in an industrial process to replace petroleum coke. This concerns the production of silicon carbide, in which petroleum coke is used as a raw material. Through the use of sustainable biomass, ESD-SIC strives to make a major step towards making silicon carbide more sustainable, reducing fossil CO2 emissions, reducing odor, reducing SO2 emissions and, in addition, expanding purchase options in a changing market. Therefore ESD is looking to partner with companies that develop bio-based raw materials that could be used as input for the biocoke process.

 

ESD-SIC is an independent subsidiary of the German company REF-Processing GmbH. In its Delfzijl facility, ESD-SIC produces high-grade silicon carbide (SiC) under strict environmental requirements. This makes ESD-SIC the world’s most environmentally friendly producer of SiC. ESD-SIC has had its headquarters in Delfzijl since 1973 and employs about 100 people.

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THE CHALLENGE

We are looking for startups and scaleups that want to collaborate with ESD to develop a more sustainable alternative to petroleum coke, which is used in the production of silicon carbide (Sic). Through the use of sustainable biomass, ESD-SIC aims to reduce the SO2 emissions and odor which is evident in petroleum coke (due to sulfur). We are looking for scalable and economically viable raw materials that could be used in input for the production of biocoke and thereby reduce the carbon footprint within the sector. The following directions are of interest:

BIOBASED RAW MATERIALS

Materials that are economically viable and scalable to use as input for the production of biocoke. This could be different types of gases or plant-based materials.

WASTE CAPTURE

Technologies that could capture waste from current processes (eg oil production) and reuse as raw material for the production of biocoke, thereby having a cradle to cradle principle. 

WHATS IN IT FOR YOU

  • Pilot contract with ESD to validate your solution and scale up if successful

  • Access to ESD's facilities like labs, pilotplants, application tests and more.

  • Expert coaching

  • Access to the Chemport Europe network

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

You should

  • Have a working prototype or demonstrator

  • Be able to launch a finished product or service within the next 18 months

  • Be able to do a pilot project in the Netherlands

TIMELINE

NOVEMBER 11

DEADLINE APPLICATIONS


The deadline for applications of proposals is on November 11th, 2019 at midnight (UTC+2).
DECEMBER 12

ANNOUNCEMENT SELECTED STARTUPS


The announcement of selected companies will be done latest December 12th, 2019.
JANUARY 7-8, 2020

DEALMAKING MEETINGS


The selected companies will be invited for one-on-one business meetings to discuss the potential pilot with ESD from January 7th till 8th 2020,  during Sustainable Industry Challenge – Chemport Europe edition in Groningen, the Netherlands.
FEBRUARY, 2020

PILOT PHASE


The most relevant startup(s)/scaleup(s) will start with the pilot from February onwards.
28 days left
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