Brightsite has the knowledge and expertise required to enable the transition within the chemical industry

At their breakout session on 9 December 2020, Brightsite will zoom into 3 highlights from the Brightsite program lines, about Biomass as a replacement for fossil raw materials, HSE management in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Innovation, circularity & industrial water usage. “At Brightsite, we have taken on the challenge and are working on the transition towards a climate neutral and circular Chemelot. The road ahead is full of uncertainty, but there are many opportunities as well. This requires new ways of thinking and new revenue models. We know where we want to go and we know that it’s possible: a green chemical industry that is sustainable, innovative and competitive.”


A zoom into 3 highlights from the Brightsite program lines (pitch and table discussion).

•             Biomass as a replacement for fossil raw materials for the chemical industry and start-up route as the way to innovate

Since 100% circularity is not feasible through recycling, investments will have to be made in other routes to achieve the set climate goals. Biomass is a good alternative – in our opinion the real green alternative right now – to supplement carbon losses in the chemical industry.

•             Innovation and HSE management in the age of Artificial Intelligence: promising predictive model for process safety in development in collaboration with AnQore

HSE management is now mainly focused on explaining afterwards why and how an incident could have happened. Predicting incidents in the chemical industry remains difficult. The most recent studies show that, if sufficient data is available, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques are successful in classifying different types of incidents and in finding patterns causing those incidents. The first step towards predicting has thus been taken.

•             Innovation, circularity & industrial water usage

In the chemical industry water is of as much importance as in our daily lives, since it enables chemical processes to be performed as it is used as cooling water, for steam and as process water. On the other hand as society we become more and more aware of the scarcity and value of clean water. How can we bring this together? The first step is to comply with the new water permit Chemelot is awaiting, including increasing requirements from the EU Water framework directive. The next step might be zero discharge and a circular water system. How can we achieve this? And how is it linked with the energy and materials transition at Chemelot?

10.30 – 16.00     Networking and other break-out sessions

Join our meet&greet in the virtual living room via the network app, or get in touch with us on the online fair square.