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Who are the winners of the 2018 Bio-Based World News Awards?

Who are the winners of the 2018 Bio-Based World News Awards?  (Pic Credit: Ryan Swanich)“With this recognition and thank to the excellent conference hosted by Bio-Based World News, Advonex is poise to launch its products into the European and global markets.

Among the many highlights of World Bio Marketsthis week in Amsterdam (under the ownership of Bio-Based World News for the first time) were the awarding of our 2018 Bio-Based World News Awards. After a two month process, our panel of independent industry expert judges carefully deliberated and decided our shortlist and winners. We received a varied range of submissions from around the world, with entries including gaining fuel from the fatbergs floating in our sewers, bio-based baby toys, some amazing uses of lignin and many more. But there could only be one winner for each category, so who are our 2018 winners?

Bio-Based Product of the Year 2018

Winner: Stora Enso – Lignin repurposed for fossil-based materials

Runner Up: Clean Plus, Inc (CPI) – Drip Trap Granules

Highly Commended: The Chemours Company – Plant-based, water-repellent fabricTeflon re-imagined.

Markus Mannstrm, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, We are delighted that LineoTM has been recognised as an innovative, important bio-based product. Made from lignin, an abundant product and one of the main building blocks of a tree, LineoTM is a step on the way to replacing petro-based products with renewable solutions. As we say at Stora Enso, everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow and it is wonderful that this is being recognised by key industry representatives.

Bio-Based Chemical of the Year 2018

Winner: Advonex – Hydrocarbon ingredients

Runner Up: Beta Process Bioenergy – Biomass processing, using complete sugar beets

Highly Commended: Vertoro– Crude lignin oil

Chad Joshi, of Advonex, Advonex would like to thank Bio-Based World News for awarding Advonex with Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year 2018. Our electrochemical synthesis technology is a unique approach to making renewable chemicals that heretofore could only be derived from petroleum. With this recognition and thank to the excellent conference hosted by Bio-Based World News, Advonex is poise to launch its products into the European and global markets.

Best use of alternative feedstocks 2018

Winner: Enerkem – Non-recyclable waste converted into fuels and chemicals

Runner Up: Argent Energy Fatbergs to biodiesel

Highly Commended: nsect – Insect meal as an alternative feedstock

Anton de Vries, Corporate Director at Enerkem said on receiving the award: We are very pleased and proud to be the Award Winner of Best Use of Alternative Feedstocks. We have come a very long way from Waste-to-Chemicals technology development to commercial deployment stage today. It is now ready to make a substantial contribution to eliminate a global waste issue and at the same time making a substantial contribution to GHG savings

Bio-based industry story of the year 2018 – As voted for by the Bio-Based World News Community.

Winner: Clariant and Enviral sign first license agreement on the sunliquid technology for a new full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant.

We are extremely proud to be receiving this award, said Paolo Corvo, Head of Sales & Marketing, Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant. The collaboration with Enviral marks Clariants official entrance into the cellulosic ethanol market and the award confirms that the industry recognizes the immense potential of our sunliquid technology.

Vant Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences Poster of the Year

Winner: Dr Sangho Chung, University of Amsterdam.

It is an honour to receive the poster award at 13th World Bio Markets Conference. Thank you very much for your inspiring comments and sharing your knowledge. As a young scientist, it was an invaluable experience to meet people from various companies/institutes all over the world

Convenerof the Awards, Luke Upton, Editor and Co-Founder of Bio-Based World News; Once again we have been delighted at the variety of entries we have received to these Awards and it has again cast a spotlight on the wonderful innovations featured on our news website and digital magazine. We are also excited to have awarded our first award voted for directly by the Bio-Based World Community and in the Poster of the Year to reward a leader in the next generation of bio-based industry development. The judges had a really tough time choosing our winners, with only a few points between our final places. A big thanks to our judging panel and all the entrants.

We’d like to thanks our panel of judges; 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) andLawrence Sullivan (Adjunct Professor, the Citadel) for their time and energy in making these awards happen.

Our worthy winners received their trophies on the first day of our very successful World Bio Markets conference hosted at Passenger Terminal in Amsterdam on 20th March 2018.

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