Largest investment in the European chemical industry in 20 years
INEOS, one of the largest chemical concerns in the world, has chosen the port of Antwerp as the location for a megainvestment of 3 billion euros representing 400 new jobs.
The capital outlay is the largest in the European chemical industry in the past two decades. With the securing of this large-scale investment project Antwerp further reinforces its role as the largest chemical cluster in Europe.
INEOS plans to build a brand-new propane dehydrogenisation (PDH) plant and an ethane cracker unit in Antwerp. These will respectively convert propane into propylene and ethylene as the raw materials for chemical products. These products find their way into many industries including car manufacturing, building construction, clothing, cosmetics and personal grooming products, pharmaceuticals, electronics and packaging materials.
The investment by INEOS confirms and strengthens the competitiveness of Antwerp’s chemical cluster in Europe.
Antwerp as a most attractive location Earlier last year INEOS announced that it planned a large-scale investment for further expansion of its chemical production facilities. Various European locations were considered, but ultimately the British chemical group opted for Antwerp.
INEOS CEO and chairman Jim Ratcliffe: “There are three reasons why we have chosen for Antwerp. We started here in 1998. We know the people here and have nine plants in Belgium and 2,500 employees, and Antwerp is highly competitive regarding connectivity with the European chemical cluster”. Of crucial importance is the fact that INEOS’ products will be destined for the many companies in the Antwerp chemical cluster.
Port of Antwerp: Most competitive chemical cluster in Europe The investment by INEOS confirms and strengthens the competitiveness of Antwerp’s chemical cluster in Europe. Earlier in 2018 also the Austrian chemical concern Borealis announced it would invest 1 billion euros in the port of Antwerp.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority comments: “It is naturally very good news that INEOS has selected our port for this major new investment. It once more demonstrates that we as the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe are very attractive to international investors. This mega-investment brings the total amount of new capital expenditure that we have attracted to Antwerp over the past year to more than 5 billion euros. This will undoubtedly help to secure the presence of industry here in Antwerp.”
New plants operational by 2024 The new production plants of INEOS are expected to be operational by 2024. Once the plants are up and running they will provide 400 full-time jobs directly and five times that number indirectly. Some 3,000 people will be employed during the construction phase.
For more information about the investment by INEOS visit: www.ineos.com | www.portofantwerp.com
For more information about Antwerp’s chemical cluster visit: www.businessinantwerp.eu
France’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Over the centuries, many Lyonnais have made their mark in the history of science, art and creation: the Lumière brothers (inventors of cinema), André Ampère (for his achievements in Physics), and Claude Bernard & Marcel Mérieux (in the field of medicine).
Lyon has always been a land of innovation and it continues to develop research centres and scientific clusters at the cutting edge of life sciences, green-tech and digital technology.
Because it is a dynamic city that embraces growth and innovation, Lyon rivals a number of major European cities: > Lyon has the 2nd highest number of patents filed in France. > Spending on R&D in the Rhône-Alpes region is comparable to that of Finland, Denmark, Madrid and Barcelona combined. > R&D: 5,6 billion euros is invested in the region annually (12% of the national total).
Moreover, 5 international clusters are located in Lyon:
Among other flagship projects, the Confluence district is one of the most ambitious plans to extend a city centre in Europe! Designed over 150 hectares, the Lyon-Confluence project will double the size of the city centre by 2025, while adhering to the climate plan.
1st smart city in France | 2nd digital cluster in France | 600 public and private laboratories
Both a business and residential district, LyonConfluence has already attracted a number of investors who are seduced by its location between the Saône and Rhône rivers, the multiple transport modes that serve the area and its proximity to the historic centre.
Lyon has also played a pioneering role in other innovations in the region, such as a city bike system to encourage citizens to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviour; Lyon’s Vélo'V, gave rise to the Parisian Vélib'. The soft modes tunnel to Croix-Rousse, which can be taken by pedestrians and cyclists, is another example. Moreover, a 24hr self-service car-sharing system is on the rise in Lyon foreshowing the transport modes of tomorrow’s city.
The Lyon Gerland Biodistrict
With 5,000 jobs in health and biotech, 30 public laboratories and over 2,750 researchers concentrated over one hundred hectares, the Lyon-Gerland Biodistrict was launched in 2014. This district is a hive of innovation that groups together higher education & research establishments, high level infrastructure, key industrial players and a growing number of SMEs specialised in human and animal health. At its head are world renowned companies: Sanofi, Mérial, Genzyme among others.
Lyon French Tech, France’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Lyon has been awarded the ‘Métropole French Tech’ label, thanks to an enterprising digital ecosystem (including some of France’s biggest players), an ambitious development strategy, motivated actors, operational programmes to serve the growth and visibility of start-ups, dedicated workspace and infrastructure to aid the development of these companies. This label is the result of a strong collective effort within this digital ecosystem and by all of its actors and it proves that Lyon creates the right conditions for start-ups to develop and expand internationally through support programmes, infrastructure and networking.
For more info: www.lyonfrenchtech.com
Energy 24/7 from non-visible Radiation
In its early stages solar power also developed quite slowly. Although first implemented in 1958 for space travel, the 70s saw the use of solar cells primarily in small-scale applications such as pocket calculators, and almost 20 years passed before an entire household could be supplied with electricity. The triumph of photovoltaic technology set in at the beginning of the 90s, and now solar power derived from the visible spectrum is all-pervasive.
Today the next stage in this evolutionary process is at hand: Neutrinovoltaic!
The Neutrino Energy Group is presently developing innovative high-tech materials on the basis of spiked carbon derivatives that can be used to convert a portion of the non-visible spectrum into electricity. Neutrinovoltaic can be compared to a solar cell that provides power even in total darkness, and it will soon be possible to supplement conventional photovoltaic with this new technology.
"We need to face the challenges of the future," urged Holger Thorsten Schubart, CEO of the Neutrino Energy Group. "Subjects such as energy production and environmental protection are more relevant today than ever before, and they require future-oriented thinking as well as innovative, longterm solutions. We need new technology that can help us to move away from the use of fossil fuel and thus free us from our dependence on the countries that possess these resources." Schubart then went on to point out the necessity of utilizing current scientific findings for the development of new approaches in the field of energy technology.
Schubart also criticized the way in which the general public is kept in the dark about the latest breakthroughs in neutrino research and emphasized their vast potential to solve our present problems. "It is incontrovertible that invisible radiation from space offers us more energy on a daily basis than all of the world's remaining fossil fuel reserves combined. This enormous energy source must be tapped. That has to be the focus of sensible research for the future," demanded Schubart.
Germany in Last Place: Important findings regarding neutrinos are already acknowledged by the United States and many other countries, but they have not yet reached the German scientific community. According to Schubart, Germany presently holds last place globally with respect to applied research. "It is, of course, exciting to know the origin of a single neutrino, or to be able to document neutrino activity in the eternal ice at the South Pole and to capture a particle every now and then, but one should never lose sight of the actual goal of the millions and millions being spent on this research, namely the acquisition of knowledge that can help us to create a better world," said Schubart. Citing the official standpoint of the United States Department of Energy, the CEO of the Neutrino Energy Group said: "Recent scientific findings have now put us in a position to be able to derive energy from invisible, high-energy cosmic and solar radiation using neutrinovoltaic technology."
At the beginning of 2015, the Neutrino Energy Group had already published its theory on the conversion of non-visible cosmic radiation into usable energy, and this was then indirectly corroborated by the research of the Nobel Prize laureates in Physics in 2015 who proved that neutrinos possess mass. Two years later, scientists from the University of Chicago were able to demonstrate that neutrinos are actually able to cause molecules to move, and this finding represents the very foundation of neutrinovoltaic technology.
Collision with extremely dense Matter: Similar to the process by which wind causes the blades of a windmill to spin, neutrinos can set molecules in motion. However, in order to do this, the neutrinos must strike an extremely dense material. As they penetrate this material, they give up a small portion of their kinetic energy. Enormous numbers of neutrinos bombard each point of our planet in an uninterrupted stream: 24 hours a day and thus even in total darkness. It is estimated that approximately 60 billion neutrinos pass through a square centimeter of the earth's surface each second.
Under normal conditions, neutrino activity cannot be perceived, because the materials which are to be found in nature are not dense enough to be affected by them on a regular basis. Some scientists speculate, however, that neutrinos do in fact influence or even cause certain biological processes, even though they presently remain unnoticed. Incontrovertible is the fact that neutrinos make up a massive amount of the energy of our universe. The challenge for future generations is to tap this energy by means of neutrinovoltaic technology.
In cooperation with highly specialized material researchers, the Neutrino Energy Group has succeeded in developing and patenting a material that is dense enough to be affected by neutrinos (Atomic Vibrations at Nano Materials). The cores of neutrinovoltaic cells will be made of precisely this substance.
Vertical and horizontal Impulses: In order to attain the required effect, several extremely thin layers of spiked graphene and silicon are applied to a suitable substrate. When neutrinos pass through these layers, they are not captured, but they do give the graphene vertical impulses, while the silicon particles are caused to move in a horizontal direction. When the layers are of an optimal thinness, these atomic vibrations create a resonance that is carried over to the substrate, and the resulting kinetic energy can be converted into electricity. The larger the area, the more power is produced, and even a simple calculation suffices to demonstrate that enough electricity can be produced to one day render power cables and electrical sockets things of the past.
One of the most promising Approaches: "We are presently in the 21st century: Space travel is a reality; surgeons operate using lasers; and we all have smartphones with touchscreens. But when it comes to energy production, we are, figuratively speaking, still standing in a phone booth that only takes coins and has a rotary dial," said Schubart. Former Austrian Undersecretary Gernot Spanninger called for more courage: "We need to create opportunities for innovation, not block them with an overemphasis on tradition and fear! In this context, the motto is: The necessity for a technological revolution in the field of energy production cannot be asserted clearly enough – or often enough." Spanninger sees the current Global Risk Report as a confirmation of the findings of latest Climate Change Conference in Katowice: "The greatest dangers at this time are climate change and the extreme weather conditions that result from it. Our climate and the wellbeing of future generations cannot tolerate further delay. It is time to put the latest scientific findings into practice! Neutrinovoltaic technology offers undreamed-of possibilities in the field of energy production. It is one of the most promising approaches in the worldwide development of energy technology."
Patent Number WO2016142056A1: Professor Günther Krause, a scientific partner of the Neutrino Energy Group, pointed out that in order to fully utilize the energy of cosmic radiation – neutrino radiation in particular – newer, firmer, harder, and at the same time more elastic composites must be developed, because they play a critical role in converting the kinetic energy arising from the collision of neutrinos with molecules into electricity.
In this context, Krause pointed to a patent submitted under the number WO2016142056A1 and stated that after the completion of extensive laboratory testing, practical solutions need to be developed that will make it possible to use the renewable and virtually unlimited electricity that can be gained from this technology. He also made it clear that these new approaches will require new methods and thought processes. According to Krause, the implementation of this environmentally friendly technology will ultimately lead to a revolution in the field of energy production and also to a stabilization of the global climate.
Professor Krause summarized: "Now that it has committed itself to a departure from nuclear energy and coal, the German government must concentrate on the opportunities presented by neutrino radiation as its main option for supplementing renewable energy resources."