Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2016": Winners are elected!

For the ninth year in a row, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year" was awarded to three innovative materials in suitable applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2015 or 2016. The winners were elected by the participants of the 9th International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany. Award sponsor is InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG, a service provider for the planning, construction and operation of plants and sites.

Six companies were nominated by the conference’s advisory board and experts from nova-Institute. Each nominee introduced its innovation in a short 10-minute presentation to the audience. The three winners were elected by the participants of the conference and announced at the Innovation Award Ceremony.

nova-Institute and the award sponsor InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE), are proud to announce the winners of the “Bio-based Material of the Year 2016”, which are from Belgium and Germany.

The Winners are:

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1) Orineo BVBA (BE): Touch of Nature™ – Filled bio-based resin for stimulating biomaterials

Imagine the work and people involved in bringing coffee beans from their exotic plantation into your morning mug. Consider now the tiny fraction of the bean being brewed and the few minutes to empty your espresso. Well, Orineo has developed a new range of biomaterials based on the 80% waste of your cup of coffee, coffee grounds. They are biomaterials designed for a 20 years’ lifetime. Plenty of time for nature to replenish the feedstock! And it does not stop here. Branded as Touch of Nature™, these materials look good, feel good and perform well. One more step? Same story with used cork stoppers, berry seeds, olive leaves, to obtain a range of colours and patterns based on nature. It’s now commercial: liquid bio-based formulations for seamless floors, tabletops and furniture based on these sidestreams.

More information here.

2) Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH (DE): REWOFERM® SL 446 – Novel sophorolipid-type biosurfactant

REWOFERM® SL 446 is a novel sophorolipid-type biosurfactant. It is made by fermentation with a natural, non-GMO yeast using European sourced sugar and oil feedstock. Due to its environmentally benign production process, REWOFERM® SL 446 has a low carbon footprint and a Renewable Carbon Index (RCI) of 100%. It exhibits an excellent toxicological and eco-toxicological profile and is completely biodegradable. It is compliant with European Ecolabel requirements. It also behaves as a super-mild surfactant to the skin. Replacement of petro-based surfactants by REWOFERM® SL 446 boosts the foaming and the grease removal efficiency in hand dish wash formulations. Thus, it is possible to increase both the performance and the ecological footprint of your cleaning formulations.

More information here.

3) Covestro Deutschland AG (DE): Impranil® eco – Bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersions for textile coatings

Sustainability has an increasing impact on the product and raw-material purchasing decisions of consumers and brand owners. Covestro has developed a technology to raise the content of renewable resources in polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) up to 65%. This makes new levels of sustainability possible for PU synthetic materials (footwear, garment, accessories…). Thanks to this development, it is now possible to produce coated textiles with high performance and low content of fossil-based raw materials in each layer. The key benefits are: 43% – 65% renewable carbon content, not in direct competition with the food chain; can be used in every layer of the production of synthetic materials or coated textiles; drop-in of existing Impranil PUD types, i.e. low reformulation efforts.

More information here.

The "Top 6" candidates were:

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Amyris Inc. (US): Myralene™-10 – New high-performance, sustainably sourced and cost-competitive solvent made from β-farnesene
Myralene™-10 is a new high-performance, sustainably sourced, cost-competitive, environmentally advantaged solvent made from β-farnesene that Amyris produces in Brazil on a commercial scale by fermentation of sugarcane juice using special strains of baker's yeast. It is a low vapour pressure non-VOC solvent with superior solvating and degreasing power, excellent thermal, oxidative and hydrolytic stability, low odour, no colour, a favourable viscosity profile and readily biodegradable. It is non-toxic and has superior Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and flammability safety profile. With regulatory approval in the USA (TSCA) and the EU (REACH) and USDA Biobased Product Certification, it was launched commercially in 2015. The first product line containing it is the Muck Daddy family of waterless hand cleaners and wipes.

More information here.

Covestro Deutschland AG (DE): Impranil® eco – Bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersions for textile coatings
Sustainability has an increasing impact on the product and raw-material purchasing decisions of consumers and brand owners. Covestro has developed a technology to raise the content of renewable resources in polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) up to 65%. This makes new levels of sustainability possible for PU synthetic materials (footwear, garment, accessories…). Thanks to this development, it is now possible to produce coated textiles with high performance and low content of fossil-based raw materials in each layer. The key benefits are: 43% – 65% renewable carbon content, not in direct competition with the food chain; can be used in every layer of the production of synthetic materials or coated textiles; drop-in of existing Impranil PUD types, i.e. low reformulation efforts.

More information here.

Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH (DE): REWOFERM® SL 446 – Novel sophorolipid-type biosurfactant
REWOFERM® SL 446 is a novel sophorolipid-type biosurfactant. It is made by fermentation with a natural, non-GMO yeast using European sourced sugar and oil feedstock. Due to its environmentally benign production process, REWOFERM® SL 446 has a low carbon footprint and a Renewable Carbon Index (RCI) of 100%. It exhibits an excellent toxicological and eco-toxicological profile and is completely biodegradable. It is compliant with European Ecolabel requirements. It also behaves as a super-mild surfactant to the skin. Replacement of petro-based surfactants by REWOFERM® SL 446 boosts the foaming and the grease removal efficiency in hand dish wash formulations. Thus, it is possible to increase both the performance and the ecological footprint of your cleaning formulations.

More information here.

Orineo BVBA (BE): Touch of Nature™ – Filled bio-based resin for stimulating biomaterials
Imagine the work and people involved in bringing coffee beans from their exotic plantation into your morning mug. Consider now the tiny fraction of the bean being brewed and the few minutes to empty your espresso. Well, Orineo has developed a new range of biomaterials based on the 80% waste of your cup of coffee, coffee grounds. They are biomaterials designed for a 20 years’ lifetime. Plenty of time for nature to replenish the feedstock! And it does not stop here. Branded as Touch of Nature™, these materials look good, feel good and perform well. One more step? Same story with used cork stoppers, berry seeds, olive leaves, to obtain a range of colours and patterns based on nature. It’s now commercial: liquid bio-based formulations for seamless floors, tabletops and furniture based on these sidestreams.

More information here.

SIP Ltd. (UK): SIPDRILL RS – First renewable, hydrocarbon drilling base fluid for high performance drilling mud systems
SIPDRILL RS is renewable alkene designed specifically for use in high performance drilling mud systems. SIPDRILL RS is 100% hydrocarbon, manufactured via the proprietary fermentation of sustainable sugar, producing ß-farnesene. Designed to meet exacting physical and eco-toxicological performance requirements, SIPDRILL RS exists in two forms; SIPDRILL RS (North Sea), >73% wt. renewable and SIPDRILL RS (GoM) >85% wt. renewable. SIPDRILL RS has been shown to perform exceptionally well in drilling muds, whilst exhibiting very low toxicity characteristics as mandated by the US EPA and CEFAS. SIPDRILL RS is thought to be the first renewable, hydrocarbon drilling base fluid and will begin sale in fourth quarter, 2016.

More information here.

Tetra Pak International S.A. (SE): Tetra Rex® Bio-based – World’s first fully renewable package for chilled liquid food
Tetra Pak’s biotechnology innovation, Tetra Rex® Bio-based, launched in 2015 is a significant industry achievement in sustainable packaging. The world’s first fully renewable package for chilled liquid food is produced from nothing but renewable, recyclable and traceable FSCTM certified packaging and bio-based (bio-ethanol) plastic derived entirely from sugarcane. Full traceability of the carton’s origins assures consumers, setting it apart from mass balance solutions. Following European market success, 100 million packs are expected to be delivered globally in 2016. Tetra Rex® Bio-based offers a win-win solution: a product benefiting both customers and the environment, while revolutionising the packaging industry with a fully renewable responsibly sourced innovation.

More information here.

 

Procedure


First stage: From now until February 8, 2016
Producers and inventors of innovative bio-based materials are invited to hand in a completed application form and a leaflet of their product including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market. It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).

Second stage: One week after February 8, 2016
A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board, sponsors and partners of the conference will nominate the outstanding "Top 6" applicants prior to the conference.
After the jury has selected the "Top 6" candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download from the conference website www.bio-based.eu/conference/award to give our audience and other interested individuals a first glimpse of these innovations.

Third stage: At the conference (5-6 April 2016)
In a short 10-minute presentation, each one of the six companies will introduce its innovation on the first day of the conference (on April 5, 2016). Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony (likewise on 5 April 2016, in the evening).

The "Top 6" will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute, additionally there is the option to book your own exhibition space (for information see here).
All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage and will be included in the print edition of the international Business Directory for Bio-based Materials 2014/15 (iBIB): www.bio-based.eu/ibib.


Please note that it is obligatory for the chosen Top 6 candidates to be physically present on April 5, 2016 at the event in Cologne in order to present their product to our audience. Each Top 6 candidate will get one 2-day ticket free and further tickets at a discount rate.