Fostering smart & sustainable growth

How can new industrial technologies and digital transformation be aligned to foster  a more competitive economy and economic growth, to create more and better jobs and to bring solutions to major societal challenges?

Wednesday 22 June


Innovation inside: Circular Economy in the Chemical Industry

22 June, 13:30-15:00 hr

How to produce more using fewer resources?  How to save materials through new manufacturing approaches and how to minimise energy consumption during manufacturing. This requires new design approaches coupled with new, material‑saving production processes with improved material efficiency and enabling the (flexible) use of substitute materials.

Industrial biotechnology for sustainable and efficient manufacturing

22 June, 15:30 -16:30 hr

Major challenges in biobased industries concern developing and valorising new feedstock resources (e.g. wastes, residues, non-food biomass sources, multiple feedstock sources),  improving  yield, productivity and robustness of bioconversions processes, achieving constant high quality in biobased products, feedstock and bioconversion processes, improving efficiencies in scaling-up through predictive scale-up models, and developing integrated bioconversion processes.  


Interactive session: Human-centric and socially sustainable manufacturing towards 4th industrial revolution

22 June, 13:30-15:00 hr

In order to be successful in the long term, manufacturing companies must develop the capabilities to deal with increasingly radical, rapid and continuous changes, which are reshaping industries, markets and societies worldwide. The “Industry 4.0” approach aims at creating agile and flexible manufacturing systems that are dynamically reconfigurable and evolvable thanks to vertical, horizontal and end-to–end process integration stemming from cyber-physical systems. However, beyond technological solutions, the vision of the future must encompass the role of humans and the overall social sustainability of manufacturing. This session is focused on the integration of human and social considerations in the design, deployment, operation and reconfiguration of “Industry 4.0” manufacturing systems, following the human-centric and socio-technical approach to work organization. And, it aims to be a forum for researchers, engineers, and practitioners to present state-of-art advances, discuss open issues and identify research directions towards the successful and socially sustainable manufacturing of the future. With perspectives from:

  • Human role in Cyber Physical Production Systems (PERFoRM project)
  • Human centric workplaces (MANMADE project)
  • Socially sustainable manufacturing (SO SMART project)
  • Industry perspective &Stakeholder perspective (e.g., Associations, Regulators, Unions, Investors, etc.) Coordinated
  • Session chair: Paola Fantini, Politecnico de Milano
  • Dario Pietraroia , TTS
  • Pierluigi Petrali, Whirpool Europe
  • David Romero, Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • Johan Stahre, Chalmers University
  • Manuel Oliveira, SINTEF
  • Jenny de Boer, TNO

Interactive session: Shared Research Infrastructures

22 June, 15:15-16:45 hr

This session presents and discusses the impact of open access shared research infrastructures operating in TRL 1-5. These facilities are mainly connected to research institutes, offer important contributions in training PhD students and technical assistants and share state-of-the-art knowledge with industry and research by providing training programmes and sharing process expertise. Collaborations between these facilities result in sharing best practices, broadening of  the technologies and tools for offer, supporting development of human capital and creating joint investments.


Thursday 23 June


Resources & Energy Efficient Production & Processing                                                        

23 June, 10:00-12:00 hr

Rising raw material and energy costs, coupled with climate protection pose significant challenges for industry. How to produce more using fewer resources?  How to maximum added value from minimum resources? Which new production technologies help to save materials and minimise energy consumption? This requires new design approaches coupled with new, material‑saving production processes, improved material efficiency and enabling the (flexible) use of substitute materials. This session will present and discuss latest advances in energy and resource efficient production and process technologies. Examples of concrete cases will be given for several industrial sectors.


Interactive session: Industrial Energy Agility - Business opportunities for industries through electrification

23 June, 10:00-12:00

Across Europe the contribution of renewable energy is increasing and will keep growing in the coming decades. Projections show that in particular wind and PV capacity are expected to grow strongly. Across EU a growth to almost 50% of the energy mix is expected in 2050 . In the shorter term, The Netherlands aims to increase its share of renewable energy to 14% in 2023.

By its’ nature PV and wind energy are highly variable, causing large fluctuations in production across a large range of timescales (from minutes to seasons). For matching supply and demand these fluctuations need to be stabilized for a controlled supply of power on the energy grid. Currently the dis-balance is managed by short-term energy trading, resulting to extremes such as negative energy prices on certain sunny and windy days.

Across Europe the industry is a major energy consumer, accounting for approximately 30% of the EU energy use. At the same time the industry is under stress for reducing its GHG emissions and carbon footprint while assuring a solid basis for European economic industrial activity. With its large energy intensity the industry has a very large potential to play a key role as buffering party in the energy system. If the industry has the capacity to make their energy demand more flexible and switch between various energy sources to produce heat (Power2Heat – P2H), gases and base chemicals (Power2Gas, Power2Hydrogen, Power2Ammonia) and further (Power2Products, P2X), it can become a key stabilizer in the energy system. The win-win in this case is that energy suppliers have a stabilized energy grid, while the industry has effective ways to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Electrification and flexibilisation of the industrial energy demand will be necessary.

The objective of this session is to share viewpoints on the role of the process industry and to create awareness on the potential importance of electrification in the industry.  Business cases and energy scenarios have been developed in The Netherlands for 2023 and 2030, and various initiatives are currently being developed. These form a starting point for the discussion. The debate aims to create a common opinion on main trends of the future energy system in Europe, for Process Industries as well as in other sectors. The session is an interactive debate with industry, science and policy makers from areas of energy production and transport, system builders and process industries to explore the following questions:

  • What are the most cost effective options on the demand side to realize a stable energy supply with such a large increase in renewable energy?
  • What is the current opinion on the (near future) role of the industry in the energy system with increasing renewable energy?
  • What will be the role for process industry in the energy system to act as stabilizing agent? What are the main drivers for the industry to create a business case when there is a sufficiently large amount of sustainable energy?
  • What technologies do we need to enable a transition from fossil to renewable energy use in the process industries in the short, medium and long term?

Human capital in the future industry 

23 June, 13:30-15:30 hr

What will be new skills and competences needs, how to set-up cooperation between education and the business community in aligning skills agenda and developing education and training programmes, what will future learning for industrial innovation look like, what should be the content of a Smart Industry master, what means social innovation to industrial innovation and how to organize that?  How can employees work and learn in a dynamic industrial environment that is continuously changing? How can people interact with technology and add value to manufacturing?

Gasification enabled biomass valorisation : driving the sustainability & energy transition

23 June, 13:30-15:30 hr

The use of biomass as a green replacement fuel and feedstock is perhaps one of the most complex and yet most promising options that we have at our disposal to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. Recent state-of-the-art reports1 by thought leaders all around the world highlight the unique potential of biomass to significantly replace fossil based components for power, heat, transportation fuels & materials.    There are many excellent examples of small scale, mainly digestion enabled bio-gas production facilities in the Netherlands and elsewhere around the world offering localized specific solutions and valorization of agro-residues and other digestible fuels.  Biomass gasification enables a paradigm shift in both the scale and the breadth of applications possible utilizing  a wide range of available woody biomass, waste products & municipal waste.
The objective of this session is to share viewpoints on the role of gasification enabled biomass valorization and to create awareness on the potential importance of innovation & demonstration projects in the industry.   Panel members from the whole gasification value chain will highlight opportunities & sketch the way forward from their perspective in the plenary session at the start of the workshop.  This will be followed by an interactive debate in smaller groups with stakeholders from industry, science and policy makers from the Netherlands and the EU.

Some of the most pertinent questions to be discussed include:

  1. What are the most cost effective options for gasification enabled biomass developments and how soon will the technology be demonstrated?
  2. What are the best value chains for biomass to serve both our materials and energy need?
  3. What is the current opinion on the (near future) role of ‘green gas’ as replacement for fossil gas in the energy system?
  4. What is the role of government (national and regional) to support fledgling business cases and ensure early adoption?
  5. What role does industry play in driving the energy transition – for example by demanding bio-based feedstocks as replacement ‘drop in’ components?