In March 2020 the video of our Dutch regional bioeconomy hub was published! In this movie we follow the valorisation process from sugar beets to the intermediate product of PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) and the 3D printing techniques to process PLA into different bioplastic products. In the Emmen region, various facilities and initiatives have been started for new biobased applications based on sugars extracted from plants. Emmen is specialized in the production of biobased yarns, for example for use in horticulture.
The Dutch hub will participate in the first Chemport Sustainable Plastics and Materials Expo, organized in the North of the Netherlands. The expo was originally planned for April, but will be postponed to November due to corona virus. This large, international event will take place in Emmen. The focus is on bio-based and circular economy. The expo focuses on two main objectives:
Next to the conference and the Exhibition for professionals, there will be 2 domes set up, in the middle of the City Center of Emmen, to inform the general public about the subject and the ambitions and developments of Emmen. BLOOM will be present in one of the domes and will present a Gallery Walk and the movie about Emmen. In the Gallery Walk BLOOM will inform people about the bioeconomy by using the Key Messages and the visuals made by the project team. We will also present the definition of the Bioeconomy and we will show the valorisation routes of 3 types of biomass: wood, sugars and fibres, by showing the intermediate products and the potential applications in a wide range of consumer products.
We will have our Masterclass on 8th or 15th June (to be confirmed) in Emmen. The target group is the tourist and recreation sector, to inform about the perspective of bioeconomy and to support them by exploring the possibility to use biobased alternatives. There will be a Bus tour along 3 sights:
The bus will finish at NHL Stenden where a market place will be held. Different BLOOM outreach materials, like the gallery walk and the movie, will be shown. Four entrepreneurs will have a pitch with their ideas on bioeconomy
Remco Kranendonk, Wageningen University & Research