From organic matter to green chemistry
Posted on March, 13th 2018.
Winner of the Global Innovation Competition, the Move2Chem project - supported by Veolia - aims to transform waste from the agri-food industry into chemicals. A promising innovation for the plant chemistry sector.
Tomorrow’s chemical industry will use platform molecules (raw materials) produced from agri-food waste.
The realization that oil resources are limited is reviving interest in not only biomass as a source of molecules for the chemical industry, but also in industrial biotechnology.
The Move2chem project, which began in 2014, has been used to develop an alternative biotechnology pathway for extracting value-added chemical molecules (organic acids) used in particular in the manufacture of preservatives, solvents, paints and polymers (plastic, rubber, polystyrene, etc.) from effluents or industrial co-products (rarely or not recovered).
These chemical molecules offer an alternative to petrochemicals, and so are of economic and environmental interest to the chemical industry because they are produced through a circular economy and green chemistry approach.
With the Move2chem project, Veolia is positioning itself as a key player in biotechnology and the bio-economy thereby creating a circular economy model in which carbon is reused to produce new materials – and in addition fossil resources are preserved and CO2 emissions reduced.
The Move2Chem project was one of the first winners of the 2014 Global Innovation Competition, an international call for projects to select the most innovative projects in eight areas. The Move2Chem project fell into the category of plant chemistry, ("plant chemistry": sector that produces chemicals from organic matter - plant or animal).
On February 22, 2017, it again received the support of the members of the 2030 Innovation Commission, in the presence of François Hollande, Anne Lauvergeon and all the winners of the 2nd edition.