Creating Bioplastics from Wastewater
On Monday, January 27th, an important pilot installation was officially inaugurated at the Friesland Water Authority (Wetterskip Fryslân) in Leeuwarden.
From left to right: Wietze de Haan, Governor of Friesland Water Authority,Jacob Bruus, Managing Director AnoxKaldnes, Håkan Emsgård, Swedish Ambassador, Hans Konst, Governor of the Province of Friesland, and Cor Kamminga, Director KNN Advies
Research has shown that it is possible to create value from wastewater by producing renewable resources such as bioplastics. This opportunity has led to a joint initiative of the Swedish company AnoxKaldnes (part of Veolia), KNN Bioplastic, the Province of Friesland and Friesland Water Authority, where bioplastics recovery is being tested at a pilot installation located at the wastewater plant in Leeuwarden.
Anoxkaldnes, KNN Bioplastic and the province of Friesland together strive towards a regional circular production chain of bioplastics and, to support this goal, the province recently granted KNN Bioplastic a 100000 EUR subsidy. The test facility at Friesland Water Authority is therefore one step closer to the goal.
Four hundred years of cooperation
As this year marks the 400th anniversary of mutual trade relations between The Netherlands and Sweden, the Swedish Ambassador Mr. Håkan Emsgård took this opportunity to inaugurate the demonstration site, as proof of the continuing cooperation.
The Friesland Water Authority, in collaboration with the technology institute Wetsus, has been conducting applied research at the demonstration site arranged at the Leeuwarden wastewater treatment plant. Through this demo site, the water board promotes the development of innovative and sustainable water purification.