The innovation award “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2021” will be granted to the innovative cellulose fibre industry for the development of new technologies and applications. All producers and inventors along the entire value chain from feedstock to the final product are invited to join the competition.
14 December 2020: 6 nominated products have been published!
Bast Fibre Tech (Canada): Compostable fibre products from agricultural hemp and flax waste
BFTi produces compostable fibre products out of agricultural waste from hemp and flax processing. Using biogenic waste from the production of fast-growing crops instead of using wood or fossil resources is environmentally and economically more sustainable. Applications for the obtained fibre with moisture absorbing properties are for example toilet paper and recyclable, thus flushable cleaning wipes.
More information: http://www.bastfibretech.com
Empa – Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Switzerland): Cellulose nanofiber assisted biomimetic aerogels for EMI shielding
Empa researchers combined cellulose-based aerogels with silver nanowires. The flexible composite blocks high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, which is traditionally achieved by using inflexible metal sheets or metallized foils. This ultra-light electromagnetic shielding material can be used to protect electronic components or the transmission of signals from electromagnetic fields caused by neighbouring electronic devices or motors.
More information: http://www.empa.ch/web/s604/cellulose-emi-shielding
Kelheim Fibres (Germany): Plastic-free absorbent hygiene products
Kelheim Fibres developed plant-based fibre solutions for absorbent hygiene products. These comprise speciality fibres for the single layers of AHP with different functionalities: a hydrophobized fibre for the topsheet, a trilobal fibre for the acquisition/distribution layer and a hollow fibre for the absorbent core. These biodegradable and sustainably manufactured fibres enable the replacement of plastic fibres without a loss of performance. The material has the potential to be used also for the production of textiles, such as reusable menstrual underwear. First commercial end-products using Kelheim’s fibre solutions are developed and intended to be launched in 2021.
More information: http://www.kelheim-fibres.com
Metsä Spring (Finland): Textile fibre based on paper grade pulp
The Metsä Group is developing a more energy-efficient process based on a new solvent family to produce Man-Made Cellulosic Fibre (MMCF). Using ionic liquids, the MMCF can be produced from paper-grade pulp, avoiding the use of energy-intensive dissolving pulp. MMCF, such as viscose, lyocell or Modal®, are important fibres for the textile industry.
More information: http://www.metsaspring.com/project/textile-fibre-from-paper-grade-pulp/
OrganicDisposables (Poland): FibriTech – a porous and light material from cellulose for soilless farming
FibriTech is a new process for the production of porous and light material from cellulose and lignocellulose. A mixture of fibres can be used, including waste and recycled fibres. This extends the possible feedstock for usable materials and reduces waste. Desired properties are derived by the application of bio-additives. The resulting material can be used as a natural soilless substrate with favourable properties for both plants and soilless farming systems. Other possible applications are thermal and sound insulators and air filters.
More information: http://www.fibri.tech
Stora Enso (Sweden): Cellulose Foam by Stora Enso – a lightweight cellulose-based foam for packaging
'Cellulose Foam by Stora Enso' is a lightweight foam material made from cellulose. It is designed as an eco-friendly alternative for fossil-based packaging and cushioning materials such as expanded polystyrene or polyethylene. The foam has comparable shock-absorbing and insulating properties whilst being bio-based, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable in ordinary paper recycling.
More information: http://www.cellutech.se/cellulose-foam.html
First stage: From now until end of November 2020
Producers and inventors of innovative technologies and applications are invited to hand in a completed application form (offline now) and a leaflet or a two-page PDF about the product in English including printable digital pictures (300 dpi), which are free of use in our subsequent media publicity. The documents should explain the particular aspects of the innovation and when it was launched on the market. It is also necessary to submit a sample of the product (or a small material sample if the product is too unhandy).
Delivery address and email contact: nova-Institut GmbH, Dr.rer.nat. Seena Koyadan, Chemiepark Knapsack, Gebaeude 0611, Industriestraße 300, 50354 Huerth, Germany
Deadline for delivery: 15 December 2020
Second stage: End of December 2020
A jury consisting of representatives of the nova-Institute, the advisory board and sponsors of the conference will nominate the outstanding “Top 6” applicants prior to the conference.
After the jury has selected the “Top 6” candidates among the applicants, their application documents will be made available for download at the conference website to provide our audience and other interested parties a first glimpse of these innovations.
Third stage: At the conference (2 February 2021)
In a short 10-minute presentation, each of the six companies will introduce their innovation on the first day of the conference (2 February 2021). Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the innovation award ceremony (likewise on 2 February 2021, in the evening).
In addition, the “Top 6” will present their innovations in a shared exhibition space provided by the nova-Institute during the whole of the conference. Furthermore, there is the option to book your own exhibition space.
All winners and their innovations will be highlighted in the subsequent media coverage.
Please note that it is obligatory for the chosen “Top 6” candidates to present their product at the conference on 2 February 2021. Each “Top 6” candidate will get one free 2-day ticket and further tickets at a discount rate.