On November 17 the second roadshow of the 2021 2021 SCIP+ Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest was successfully held. Due to the COVID-19, 17 domestic teams and 2 international teams demonstrated “carbon neutral” solutions through online pitch and answered questions from judges in multiple dimensions such as technological innovation and commercial implementation.
经过| 由国际国内领先化工企业、知名高校与科研院所、投资人等组成的豪华评委团的综合评审，三支团队获得直通决赛名额。通过两次路演直通车，6个晋级决赛的名额已全部锁定，他们是：After a comprehensive review by the jury panel composed of leading international and domestic chemical companies, well-known universities and research institutes, investors, etc., three teams won the express pass to the final. Through two roadshows, all 6 places for the finals have been locked. They are:
The organizing committee will match 2-3 experts for each finalist team for pre-match coaching, for a more exciting final performance!
September 9 | The first roadshow of 2021 SCIP+ Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest was successfully held in Shanghai International Chemical Innovation Center (INNOGREEN). The 15 teams focusing on the theme of “carbon neutrality” through a combination of online and offline performances, demonstrate innovative solutions related to clean energy, energy efficiency improvement, new material , carbon capture and other related innovations.
Organizer Speech | Jin Jian, General Manager of Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Development Co., Ltd. attended the event and delivered a speech on behalf of Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, “the center will continue to build platforms and create conditions for outstanding innovative companies and entrepreneurial teams in key fields such as new chemical materials, and strive to promote R&D incubation and application innovation, and contribute to the innovative development of green chemistry and chemical engineering.”
Jury Panel | Luo Yong, General Manager of the Science and Technology Department of Shanghai Huayi (Group) Company, Hu Dongqi, Technical Innovation Director of LANXESS Chemical (China) Co., Ltd., Chen Wansuo, Operations Director of BASF Chemical Co., Ltd., Liu Weiqing, Director of Arkema China R&D Center, Ji Chengchang, Director of Industry-University-Research Cooperation Division and Professor of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Professor Zhao Shicheng, East China University of Science and Technology, Liu Chunsong, Partner of Step Fund, and Yang Yang, Senior Commercial Officer of the Ministry of Commerce of the Commercial Investment Office of the French Consulate General in Shanghai. After the judges reviewed from multiple dimensions such as innovation, commerciality, green efficiency, team situation, and social contribution, three teams won the finals. They are:
The Institute of Green Hydrogen Energy, Zhejiang Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Jiaxing Zhongke Haishi Alloy Technology Co., Ltd.), creatively transforms solid waste into super green hydrogen energy and negative carbon emission fuel natural gas through imitating mantle molten technology , to achieve the reduction of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere.
Mi Terro is the world’s first synthetic biology and advanced material company that utilizes big data to create home compostable, single-use plastic-alternative packaging materials made from plant-based agricultural waste – this is a first-of-its-kind approach. We are excited to see such a significant leap forward in our ability to manipulate nature’s most diverse and abundant building blocks.
Foshan Lanqi Technology Co., Ltd. was established in January 2020. It is the tenth of “Blue Ocean Talents” team introduced by the Nanhai District Government of Foshan City, the “Science and Technology Talents” of the Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Department. It aims to develop high-efficiency agricultural technology, providing products such as pre-harvest protection and post-harvest fresh integrated liquid, and solve the problem of overuse of pesticide and the cost of manual bagging in the agricultural production process.
More exciting moments | The roadshow teams conducted in-depth communication with leading international and domestic chemical companies, well-known universities and research institutes, and investors.
圣戈班的使命“MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”指引着集团践行具有责任感的增长战略，这一使命也是圣戈班集团所有员工的共同目标，每天做出一点行动，将世界打造成更加美丽、更具可持续性的理想居所。
Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions for the construction, mobility, healthcare and other industrial application markets. Developed through a continuous innovation process, they can be found everywhere in our living places and daily life, providing wellbeing, performance and safety, while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and the fight against climate change.
This strategy of responsible growth is guided by the Saint-Gobain purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”, which responds to the shared ambition of all the women and men in the Group to act every day to make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place to live in.
Background description: In respond to findings from the latest climate science, Saint-Gobain signed the pledge in 2019 to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. The construction and building industry emits 40% of the total CO2 emission globally. Reducing carbon emission when producing building materials by using recycled and sustainable alternatives has significant social and economic impacts. This effort is also aligned with China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on Circular Economy Development.
Objective: Identify opportunities to create green building materials from the circular economy approach. Incorporate recycled content or sustainable alternatives as raw materials for building materials, including waste or byproduct from construction, renovation, agriculture and other general industrial applications. Explore recycle and upcycle methods for building products at the end of their service life.
Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. Our purpose—we bond people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress—is a call to go beyond, to reinvent future forms of progress and create sustainable shared value for all through the power of science. In a world facing an ever-growing population and quest for resources, we aim to be the driving force triggering the next breakthroughs to enable humanity to advance while protecting the planet we all share.
We bond with customers and partners to address today and tomorrow’s megatrends. As a global leader in Materials, Chemicals and Solutions, Solvay brings advancements in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, water and air treatment, to solve critical industrial, social and environmental challenges. You can count on our innovative solutions to contribute to safer, cleaner and more sustainable future.
38. Recovery and recycling of waste specialty polymers by depolymerization
Background description: Specialty Polymers are advanced materials that are widely used in transportation, electronics, and industrial applications. They can have superior mechanical performance, fatigue and wear resistance, and high-quality surface finish. They can be strong, lightweight polymers, fluids and elastomers that provide competitive solutions, greater design freedom and added value. They play a very important role in reducing energy consumption thus carbon emission reduction. Yet some of the specialty polymers are also very difficult to be reused and recycled.
Objective: Looking for innovative ways to depolymerize the specialty polymers such as PEEK, PSU, PESU, and PPS through chemical, biological, or other methods to decompose them back to monomer or oligomer states to be reused.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets.
Emerson Automation Solutions provide a wide range of solutions for measurement, control, optimization and operational technologies and expert experience in the industry, helping customers from fields of chemicals, oil and gas, electricity, oil refining etc. to maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs.
Emerson Automation Solutions China, headquartered in Pudong, Shanghai. Local business began with technology transfer from the 1970s. Until now, we have 16 manufacturing and system engineering centers in China with local sales & service staff in more than 40 cities which enable Emerson to better understand customers’ challenges, provide effective solutions and respond faster.
In the era of digital transformation, Emerson has helped process industries to create digital smart factories with industrial IoT technologies, providing complete solutions for improving operational reliability, safety, environmental protection, energy efficiency，productivity to achieve operational excellence and top quartile performance.
Being one of the very few equity fund managers that focus on advanced materials and chemistry related technologies in China, Longwater Investment pioneers in the investments in the related sectors. Leveraging on the synthesis of industrial insights, investment expertise and extensive industrial network, Longwater Investment executes and manages its investments with a perspective of achieving successful growth driven by technological innovation, industrial upgrading and the improvement of human well-being. Longwater is committed to creating long-term value for its investors, the companies it invests in, and the communities in which it works. Longwater is a registered fund manager with AMAC (P1034186).
Background: China made carbon neutral commitment in 2020, aiming to reach peak emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The capture, utilization and storage of CO2 is a crucial method to achieve long-term climate goals. In addition to the direct capture and storage of CO2 route, converting the captured CO2 into high-value downstream products will create greater social and economic benefits.
Targets: Developing low-cost CO2 capture technologies and equipment. Producing various high-value products by using CO2as the main raw material.
Background: Plastic pollution is of growing concern, and has gained international attention from governments, media and public. Plastic recycling can not only solve the potential pollution resulted from landfill and incineration treatment, but also improve the utilization efficiency of plastic resources.
Targets: Converting plastic into high-quality oil and chemical products by chemical recycling process.
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of 12.2 billion Euro and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of 1.91 billion Euro in 2020. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. About 33,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life today and tomorrow.
Asia Pacific is a strong driving force of the global economy and an important source of innovation. Consequently Evonik endeavors to further grow its business in the region. Sales reached 2.84 billion Euro in 2020 and the company employs over 5,000 people at more than 50 production sites in Asia Pacific.
9. Non-fossil fuel-derived, biodegradable chemical components for the daily chemical industry
Background: A growing number of companies in the household chemicals industry are committed to sustainability: on the one hand, phasing out fossil fuel-derived chemicals from their product formulations to reduce the burden on the planet from over-exploitation of oil and to help reduce their carbon footprint; on the other hand, increasing the biodegradability of their products to reduce their environmental impact.
Targets: To develop biodegradable chemical components derived from renewable resources such as plants, air ( carbon dioxide ), marine resources and waste.
Background: Under mechanical stress, thousands of microfibres (nylon, polyester, etc.) are shed from chemical fibre clothing during the washing process and seep into the groundwater with the washing water, which is then injected into rivers and eventually into the ocean. These microfibres are not biodegradable and are ingested by marine organisms, thus entering the food chain of marine macro-organisms and even humans. A 2017 report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimated that up to 500,000 tonnes of this high pollutant flow into the ocean – 16 times more than the plastic microbeads of the cosmetics industry.
Targets: To develop new anti-shedding fabrics or solutions against microfibre shedding for the clothing washing process.
24. Application of odour absorbers in plastics recycling
Background: In recent years, China pays great attention to the problem of plastic pollution and has increased its efforts in recycling policies for waste plastics. The processing of waste plastics can release unpleasant odours such as vinyl chloride, hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide, amines, ammonia odours and other offensive odours. These unpleasant odours and smells not only have a serious impact on the production environment, but also reduce the quality and grade of recycled plastic products. Evonik has been working in the field of odour absorption for many years and has introduced some innovative products to solve the odour problem, such as a product based on activated zinc ricinolates, which firmly locks in the sulphur and nitrogen containing molecules in the odour so that the odour molecules are not emitted.
Targets: Development of odour absorbers to develop their application in the recycling of waste plastics