Promising options for bioplastics and biocomposites

Waternet, AEB and HBA aim to handle raw and residual materials as sustainably as possible. Several biochemicals/plastics can already be produced cost effectively, while others are clearly still in the so-called laboratory phase. The price of bio-ethanol as a raw material is competitive and its production is not dependent on subsidies. This development offers opportunities to handle the region’s raw and residual materials in a sustainable manner or to transport them efficiently through the port. Further research will be carried out into the potential applications of bioplastics and material flows are needed to ultimately arrive at new revenue models.

Useful applications have been devised for biomass residual materials, such as reeds and water plants, which would normally remain on land. Together with NPSP, an SME, a recipe has been developed for making biocomposites from these biomass residual streams and cellulose. This is a great benefit for the environment. More fibrous substances are welcome. Market parties are also challenged to develop products and bring them to the market.