Recently the Brightsite Plasmalab opened on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. This is the place where companies and knowledge institutes, such as Maastricht University and TNO, work together on electrical solutions for the chemical industry. After all, in 2050 a large part of the processes and installations in the chemical industry must be powered by sustainable electricity. Read the article in Het Financieele Dagblad (FD) (Dutch).
Plasma technology is the future
Plasma technology is a promising option for making existing processes more sustainable. It replaces natural gas as an energy source for specific chemical processes through electrification. The Brightsite Plasmalab is the physical place that we missed to bring innovative companies and knowledge together to further scale up the technology
Achieving transition goals
The lab is based on a clear vision: working on specific routes to split and form molecules, the core of chemistry, and at the same time working on scaling up this technology so that it really contributes to achieving the transition goals. The knowledge institutions are of great importance .
“There is so much knowledge and energy between the various parties, that collaboration is really key.”
– Arnold Stokking, managing director Brightsite
Greening challenges in chemistry with the National Growth Fund
The government recently reached out to the business community in the form of the National Growth Fund. Brightsite supported various applications for major greening challenges in the chemical industry, including the Plasmalab, but also the use of waste as an alternative raw material, the replacement of oil with sugar as a raw material for plastics, and the future of industrial water purification. The challenges in the chemical industry are enormous and through the growth fund, we hope to be able to not only devise new solutions, but also to roll them out on a larger scale.