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Left to right: Luuk van der Wielen (BE-Basic, BioPort Holland), Micha Hes (Port of Amsterdam), Stijn Effting (Port of Rotterdam), Sari Mannonen (UPM Biofuels), Rop Zoetemeijer (Biobased Delta).

Boskalis, Wärtsilä and GoodFuels Marine launch sustainable marine biofuels programme

Press release by GoodFuels

Rotterdam, 7 October 2015: Boskalis, the leading dredging and marine expert, and Wärtsilä, the global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and oil & gas markets, today announced their collaboration with GoodFuels Marine, the first marine biofuel company focused on the global commercial fleet. The consortium will pioneer the development of sustainable “drop in” marine biofuels for the shipping industry.

Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine...

ECO-BIO 2016 open for abstracts until 23 October 2015


ECO-BIO 2016 will highlight the latest research and innovation towards developing industrially viable, safe and ecologically friendly biobased (renewable biological sources) solutions to build a sustainable society. The meeting will bring together all concerned with the biobased economy to review industrial, academic, environment and societal approaches and promote further discussion. We welcome your participation and views and look forward to receiving your abstract.

Abstracts are...

TU Delft students win iGEM competition with bacterial printer

Press release from TU Delft TU Delft students scooped up prizes galore at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston. With their project, ‘Biolinker’, a 3D printer built out of K’NEX that can print layers of bacteria, they won the overall prize, making them the best team in the world. They also won three other prizes: best hardware project, best wiki (website), and best applied design. 

The iGEM competition is an annual worldwide student competition...

World Bank Bioenergy & Sustainability Symposium discusses roadmap for scaling up sustainable bioenergy

Independent report states bioenergy can bring a cleaner future and improve socio-economic development

Chair of Jury Van Wechem and Radix Botanicals

Radix Botanicals wins 1st prize of the BE-BIC Action Lab competition

On 18 September 2015, the Radix Botanicals team received the first prize during the awards ceremony of the Action Lab competition, organised by the BE-Basic Business and Innovation Centre (BE-BIC). Five teams of researchers participated in the Action Lab and followed an intensive program to prepare their product development plans. The winning team presented a business pitch about their new technology for the discovery of plant enzymes that can be used to produce natural flavours by...

Left to right: Minster Jet Bussemaker (Education, Culture and Sciences), Prof. Luuk van der Wielen (President BE-Basic) and Prof. Andreas Gombert (UNICAMP PhD advisor)

Round Table with Minister Bussemaker agrees to 100 Brazilian-Dutch Dual PhD Degrees for Biobased Economy by 2025

São Paulo, August 13, 2015 – On the 13th of August 2015, in honour of the visit of Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education, Culture and Sciences) to Brazil, a Round Table was organised on human capital development for the biobased economy. Over 30 Brazilian and Dutch industry and academic leaders underlined the importance of joint development of sustainable biobased production of energy, fuels, chemicals and materials and concluded that high level education is the critical next priority. They agreed...

Holland Biotech Pavilion very successful at the BIO World Congress in Montreal

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal took place from the 19th until the 22nd of July 2015. The Netherlands was represented in the Holland Biotech Pavilion, which included 12 Dutch organisations and companies with a focus on biotechnology, biochemistry, energy, feedstock production, transport and logistics. The eye-catching pavilion was coordinated for the 3rd time in a row by BE-Basic Foundation (requested by Topteam Chemie) as part of the Strategic Conferences...

Winners of TU Delft student competition ‘Biobased Aviation Solutions’ announced at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

On the 2nd of July, the yearly LST MSc Design competition took place at Schiphol. 8 student teams from TU Delft presented their plans to use biobased materials and biofuels in a sustainable way in aviation and at airports. The competition was organised in cooperation with BioPort Holland, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, SkyNRG and BE-Basic Foundation.  The winning team (Baudine Gevers Deynoot, Eline van der Knaap, Eko Roy Marella, Bradley Sluijter en Veronica Gast) presented a way to turn...

TU Delft extends collaborative academic program with Latin America for three more years

On the 24th of June 2015, the Board of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) has decided to continue its collaborative academic research and education program with Latin America from its office in Brazil. A budget of approximately 1 mln euro has been allocated from its strategic funds to support the further consolidation of the collaboration with an extended program and thereby continue to its Brazilian office for another term of three years. Various faculties and BE-Basic...

Policy Brief on SCOPE report launched during EU Sustainable Energy Week

Independent research concludes that bioenergy can bring a cleaner future and improve socio-economic development On 17 June 2015, the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) presented a Policy Brief with policy recommendations from the recently launched 779-page report on Bioenergy and Sustainability. More than 30 participants from the European Commission, NGOs, industry and other stakeholders participated in the launch during the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels....

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