News | March 24, 2022

The era of waste will end soon

Last week, on the 15th of March, ISPT hosted the Problem Solving and Matchmaking event: Building Blocks from Waste. Because collaboration on converting waste streams is highly needed to get joint forces to create volume, to tackle technological and regulatory hurdles and meet the stringent market requirements. The event brought together residual stream owners, technology suppliers, the market for products from waste stream conversion ánd the experts in possible feedstock-process combinations from physical and thermodynamic perspectives.

Building Blocks from waste

The inspiring Building Blocks from Waste event has taught us that the the era of waste will end soon.This is on the one hand stimulated by raw material shortages, increasing energy and raw material prices and accompanying sustainability objectives. Though on the other hand the event also revealed many relevant technologies and insights for converting waste streams into feedstock. 

Converting waste streams: a bumpy road 

There is high competition for end-uses, stimulated by high energy and raw material prices, policy incentives (e.g. renewable energy) and presence of absence of alternative renewable sources. Prioritizing between end uses or conversion technologies cannot and should not be done, as all new insights and technologies will be needed. 

Common objectives on converting waste streams

We concluded the following common objectives and challenges: 

  • It is preferred to keep the functionality of the molecules whenever this is feasible from technical, financial and logistical point of view (i.e. don’t break down to too small building molecules when not needed) 
  • Keep the carbon in the material loop either via sugars, pyrolysis oil, (bi)carbon or syngas 
  • End applications set stringent requirements to the purity of the components produced: further research and cooperation is needed towards advanced separation and purification processes. 
  • Cooperation is needed to get sufficient volume for feasible conversion processes 
  • Only a combination of technologies will lead to building blocks of sufficient quantity and quality that are competitively priced. 

ISPT is elaborating the vast amount information and interests received and try to identify a relevant joint development initiative to be submitted for MOOI subsidy. We will keep you informed on the progress.  In case you have questions or suggestions or would like to contribute to the elaboration: don’t hesitate to contact us! 

Kind regards, 
Annita Westenbroek 
Dewi Mooij 
Nathan Bowden 

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