Brightlands Circular Space: Innovatie in circulaire plastics
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Brightlands Circular Space: Industrial-Scale Circular Plastics

  • 01 December 2023

TNO, the University of Maastricht, and Brightlands Chemelot Campus have joined forces to sign an agreement for the establishment of Brightlands Circular Space. This innovative facility, situated on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, marks a new era in the accelerated development of industrial-scale circular plastics. The primary focus is on recycling waste as a key raw material for the production of advanced materials.

With both the Netherlands and Europe aiming for an economy where waste is transformed into valuable resources by 2050, Brightlands Circular Space emerges as a powerful contribution to the national Circular Plastics NL (CPNL) program. This facility serves as an international hub where science and business come together, aiming to test and scale innovative recycling technologies while nurturing talent.

Fully Circular Demonstration Facility

Brightlands Circular Space spans multiple buildings across an area of over 4 hectares, housing all necessary equipment and expertise. Here, large-scale reuse methods for plastic waste are explored, developed, analyzed, and tested, ranging from mechanical and chemical recycling to reprocessing, industrial design, and scaling up to new materials and products.

Investment for Circular Solutions

The investment of 25 million euros from the National Growth Fund, through the CircularplasticsNL program, along with an equal contribution of 25 million euros from founding partners, underscores the commitment to circular solutions. Brightlands Circular Space is expected to be operational by 2026, promising a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable and circular future for the plastic industry.

Photo Caption: Signing of the Brightlands Circular Space agreement by Ruud Bollen (UM Holding), Nick Bos (UM Board), Astrid Boeijen (BCC CEO), and Henk Jan Vink (TNO).

Source: TNO