For the seventh year running the Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year” have been awarded to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry, finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The competition focuses on new developments in these areas, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2013 and 2014, exclusively coming from Europe this time round.
In a short 10 minute presentation, each one of the seven companies introduced its innovation. The three winners have then been elected after the presentations at the first day of the event by the participants of the conference.
For the first time, two companies are placed equal third.
The winners are:
Qmilch Deutschland GmbH, Germany
Qmilk: The fiber made of milk
Qmilk produces a 100 % natural textile fiber based on the casein, a milk protein. In spring 2014, the start-up from Hanover begins the production of Qmilk fiber for fashion, sportswear and home textiles. The new fiber feels like silk, is compostable, suitable for allergy sufferers, and even antibacterial. The production process takes solely five minutes, demands temperatures of only 80 °C and max. 2 liters of water per kilogram fiber. The raw material is no food but casein from milk that is not suitable for grocery. 2 Mio. tons of waste milk are disposed in Germany annually. In the future, Qmilk wants to recycle that milk and turn it into fibers. Qmilk also manufactures a biopolymer granulate applicable e.g. in automotive interior, toys, foils, and packaging – a zero waste product Made in Germany. (More information)
fischerwerke GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
FIS Green 300 T: The first bio-based injection mortar
FIS Green 300 T is the first chemical injection mortar which contains bio-based components. The goal was to innovate a real “green” product which is based on a majority of bio-based raw materials. Chemical injection mortars are complex mixtures consisting of a multitude of different raw materials for each of which green substitutes were examined. As a result, bio-based raw materials with various functions were used: reactive resins, fillers, additives, plasticizers andtwo different thermoplastic polymers for the cartridge and pistons.
This radical product redesign approach made it possible to achieve a high bio carbon content of 50-85%. FIS Green 300 T demonstrates that it is possible to re-formulate even complex products to make them bio-based and more sustainable. (More information)
Hemp Eco Systems SA, Switzerland
HES-mix: The hemp-based building insulation
A building material made from hemp shivs, lime, natural minerals and water. It is used to build walls and insulation in one material and as insulation under roof, attics, walls and floors.
Efficiencies: Highest thermal efficiency; Regulating humidity; Does not burn or rot; 30-50% reduction of energy in houses and buildings; No toxic chemicals; Offers an alkaline in-door climate; Captures more carbon than necessary for the complete process; Completely recyclable; Fast & economical application.
Innovation: Exclusive use of hydrated lime, having solved its curing problem with natural minerals as additive; Reduction of the lime content by 50%, obtaining optimal thermal efficiency and humidity regulation; Developed hydrated lime finishes able to offer a healthy alkaline in-door climate. (More information)
ZinCo GmbH, Germany
Natureline: Green roofing for the 21st century
As a pioneer in matters of green roofing, ZinCo has been consistent in treading the environmental path for over forty years. Providing permanently reliable green roof systems for all types of roof, our top priority is to do so in an environmentally-compatible way. ZinCo system substrates, therefore, are based on recycled, pure-grade clay brick. Where possible, recycling materials are also used for drainage elements and protection mats. ZinCo has now taken yet another innovative step and introduced the market the system build-up “Natureline”, made from renewable raw materials. Thanks to this, bioplastics (polylactid acid and bio-polyethylene) have now found their way onto the green roof market where they will prove themselves as an alternative with a promising future. (More information)