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Shortlist Announced: Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018.

NEW Shortlist Announced_ Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018. (1).jpgOur panel of global industry experts have returned their votes and we are now able to announce the names of the companies shortlisted for our Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018.They were very impressed by the quality, variety and innovation on show, and when the scores were added it was very close. So congratulations to those that have made our final three, in each category, the winners will be announced on Tuesday 20th March at World Bio Markets 2018 in Amsterdam. So who is in the running for our awards ?

The categories.

1) Bio-Based Product of the Year

A product currently available to purchase that is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provides an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. For the purpose of the awards, bio-based products do not include food, animal feed or fuel. The key is how the product improves on one derived from petroleum, sustainability is not enough, our judges will be looking for developments in price, functionality and quality,

Shortlist (in alphabetical order):

  • Clean Plus, Inc (CPI) – Drip Trap Granules
  • Stora Enso – Lignin repurposed for fossil-based materials
  • The Chemours Company – Plant-based, water-repellent fabricTeflon reimagined

2) Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year

An innovation involving a platform or intermediate chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks, used to produce other chemicals. It can be a breakthrough development, a new method of production, a smarter development or a new technique. The key is the innovation and the ability to display a benefit and progress for the industry long-term.

Shortlist (in alphabetical order):

  • Advonex – Hydrocarbon ingredients
  • Beta Process Bioenergy – Biomass processing, using complete sugar beets
  • Vertoro – Crude lignin oil

3) Best use of alternative feedstocks.

Using alternative feedstocks is normally more than just changing the raw materials. It can require new supply and preparation infrastructure, fresh growing and harvesting techniques, new chemical processing technologies or access to new partnerships. For this category a feedstock is defined as any renewable, biological material that can be converted. The use will focus on research, development, demonstration and of course innovation and will likely feature robust partnerships.

Shortlist (in alphabetical order):

  • Argent – Energy Fatbergs to biodiesel
  • Enerkem – Non-recyclable waste converted into fuels and chemicals
  • nsect – Insect meal as an alternative feedstock

4) Bio-based industry story of the year 2018

As voted for by the Bio-Based World News Community.

  • bio-beans collaboration with Caff Nero could help power homes and cars in the future
  • Bio-ons new 15m bioplastics plant in Italy to help the fight against microbeads.
  • Clariant and Enviral ally to build a new full scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant.

Awards convener,Luke Upton, Editor of Bio-Based World Newsadded; It has once again been a pleasure to see the variety, energy and innovation displayed in our bio-based products and bio-based chemicals entries. We make a point of encouraging companies of all sizes to submit their products and chemicals, and weve certainly see that this year. It’s also been fascinating to see the response to our newest category focused on alternative feedstocks. The voting was very close, with only a few points separating each entry. I’d like to thank all our entries and for our esteemed panel of judges for the time and energy. Im looking forward to announcing the winner later this month at World Bio Markets in Amsterdam.

Our independent judging panel:

  • Marcel van Berkel, CEO VanBerkel Consultancy.
  • Bridgett Luther, Co-Founder, The Disruptive Factory, founder Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
  • Duncan MacLeod, Former CEO, Iogen.
  • Melanie Williams, Director, Melanie Williams Consulting.
  • Jeff Passmore, Founder and CEO at Passmore Group Inca.
  • Adam Lusby,Founder, CE Optimal.
  • Lawrence Sullivan, Adjunct Professor, the Citadel.

Don’t miss out on World Bio Markets, Amsterdam 20th-22nd March 2018 – see who will be attending by clicking here.

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