Space for innovations in green chemistry
Space for innovations in green chemistry

The north of the Netherlands is the perfect place for working on green chemistry, thanks to the powerful chemical and plastic clusters around Emmen, Groningen and Delfzijl, good sea ports and enterprising knowledge institutes. Chemport Europe (see box) puts this area on the map. And that attracts new activity.

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Fryslân gets a 66 metre-long moveable bicycle bridge made from biocomposite
Fryslân gets a 66 metre-long moveable bicycle bridge made from biocomposite

The existing moveable traffic bridge over the Van Harinxma Canal at Ritsumasyl, consisting of a steel deck on concrete pillars, is to make way for a new, bio-based bridge for bicycles. The new swing bridge will have decks of 32 and 34 metres, with two free spans of 22 metres. The decks are made from biocomposite, consisting of 100% natural fibres (based on flax), in combination with 80% bio resin.

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Zoomland viaduct: bio-based showcase across the motorway
Zoomland viaduct: bio-based showcase across the motorway

Field voles, pine martens and foxes already know where the Zoomland viaduct is. The Brabant Landscape Foundation has recorded images showing this. The images were displayed last month during a mini symposium in Bergen op Zoom about the first bio-based viaduct in the Netherlands. The viaduct was recently put into operation as a passage for wildlife across the A58 motorway, but it also has space for a new cycle route to Roosendaal.

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