After the celebration of the EIT Raw Materials Business Plan Competition, in which TECNALIA Ventures has participated in its setting up, we are pleased to announce that the winners are the following:
- The team led by the Slovakian company, Velaworks, and backed by a research team from the University of Brescia, Italy, won the competition with the Business Idea STARS, which proposes the creation of a start-up for the industrialisation of the patented process COSMOS Fenix®. The process, developed in two EU funded LIFE+ projects, makes it possible to convert “hazardous” fly ashes produced in incinerators into filler for plastics, creating a valuable alternative to landfill. Furthermore, the filler obtained presents optimal properties as a flame retardant, allowing substitution of expensive and toxic Brominates and Antimony (Sb) based fillers presently used in plastic manufacturing.
- The team led by the French company, KEEY Aerogel, and backed by researchers from TECNALIA, Spain, proposed a process for the manufacturing of cost-effective superinsulating aerogel products throughout the recycle of silica-rich construction and demolition waste. Such Aerogels present excellent insulating properties and can be applied in the construction sector for new buildings and retrofits, as well as for other industrial applications, e.g. in the transport sectors. The proposers have joined their expertizes to close the loop of the circular economy of siliceous materials in construction, by revalorizing waste materials to produce a high added-value product, using more than 75% in weight of recycled material in the superinsulator.
- The team led by researchers working at Linköping University, Sweden, and constituted by PhD, researchers and commercial advisors from Portugal, Ukraine and Sweden, has proposed an innovative process for the production of a low cost and high quality “green” graphite, produced using biologically treated waste of agricultural or forestry industries. The green graphite is technically and economically a valid alternative material to the graphite used as an anode in Lithium Ion batteries. Natural graphite is a critical raw material and graphite global market is forecasted in a strong increase over the next years: from 80,000 tons per year in 2015 to at least 250,000 tons by 2020, mainly due to the demand in the electric cars sector.
EIT RawMaterials is the biggest and strongest committee in the raw materials area all over the world. The objective of this committee is to obtain a European Union where the raw material is a strategic fortress for the same one.