Many municipalities and gardeners are faced with the challenge of making paving effectively free of weeds without the use of harmful pesticides. Environmentally friendly alternatives such as heating or brushing are often less effective and expensive. To solve this problem, Impershield Europe and Natural Plastics International, together with the Biopolymers Application Centre of the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy of Avans University of Applied Sciences, developed BioSeal Pavement: a 100% biobased weed management product based on tree resin. At the Green Chemistry Campus, the companies will carry out field tests and investigate which factors influence the performance of the product.
€ 1.2 million for bio-based SME
For the development of the bio-based weed controller, Impershield will receive a contribution from the bio-based incentive scheme. In September 2020, the municipality of Bergen op Zoom, in collaboration with the Green Chemistry Campus and with a financial contribution from the province of Noord-Brabant, made € 1,187,500 available for small and medium-sized companies from the EU that are active in the biobased economy. Companies can apply for up to € 95,000 in co-financing.
Impershield is the fourth company to make use of the incentive scheme. Fruitleather previously received a contribution for the further development of a vegetable alternative for leather based on mangos, Dutch Water Tech received a contribution for the development of biobased water plant islands and Terrawatt Biochar started a pyrolysis pilot on the Campus for the development of biochar for CO2-negative asphalt.
More information can be found on the Green Chemistry Campus website.
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