9.00 – 10.30 session with among others: Arnold Stokking (managing director Brightsite), Brightsite program line managers Esta de Goede and Lianne van Oord and for Biomass Jan-Harm Urbanus TNO circular program.

Brightsite is a new and promising initiative for realizing a sustainable, competitive chemical industry. As an open innovation platform for sustainable process technology and circularity, we aim to bring together the necessary knowledge from many parties. At the EIES we will share interesting news from our program lines process innovation, safety and society and the transition to new resources.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 and machine learning techniques are successful in classifying different types of incidents and in finding patterns causing those incidents.

  1. 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.