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Company NUON Energie und Service GmbH Germany
Address 52525 Heinsberg
Internet Year founded
Employees 51 - 100 Turn over (in m
Contact Petronella Gerards
Phone +4916090131403 Fax
Email petronella.gerards@nuon.com
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NUON, part of Vattenfall is an energy company which operates Industry/Chemical Parks. Industriepark Oberbruch, located close to RWTH Aachen and Düsseldorf in Germany is looking for (plastics) companie DE-PS-50
Innovation and advantages
Green chemical industry parks

The industrial park model offers not only economic but also ecological benefits.

Chemical parks and ecology are commonly regarded as diametrically opposed. Such prejudiced thinking overlooks the valuable synergy effects for companies and the environment that can result from a jointly used infrastructure and an effective utilisation of energy resources.

For some people, compatibility of environmental protection and cost effectiveness still remains an unsolved conundrum. The problem that en-of-pipe environmental protection technology are costly looms large, especially for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with a high environmental impact, i.e. those companies which place a substantial burden on the environment in relation to added values through their consumption of resources and through their emissions. Industrial and chemical parks offer a concept for environmental protection and cost reduction.

Whereas industrial parks often form the basis for national economic development plans in Asia, the driving force in Germany and other European countries is the structural transformation of industry. In East Germany chemical parks arose through the disbandment of the former state-owned conglomerates; in West Germany entrepreneurial trends, such as the tendency of companies to focus on their core business, played the greatest role. Today, chemical and industrial parks are the method of choice for several companies to exploit the economic and ecological advantages of effectively run sites.

The principal design features include, for example, utilisation of the existing infrastructure and systematic analysis and exploitation of synergy effects. In this way – largely without recourse to capital intensive technologies – it is possible to enhance the efficiency of resource utilisation. In order to reduce their environmental impact, companies with the high resource consumption and high emission levels require a special infrastructure, which is expensive to install and operate. A common infrastructure, on the other hand, coordinates energy and water consumption, thus assuring a more effective utilisation of resources. This not only lowers production costs for the individual companies, but also makes a sizable contribution to environmental protection – thus resolving the putative conflict between economic operation and ecology.

Conflict between economic operation and ecology has been resolved

For energy supplies this means that optimum use must be made of primary energy sources. In the case of fossil fuels this can be accomplished above all by combined heat and power generation (CHP). The advantage of CHP becomes especially obvious when there is a constant high demand for heat since the amount of process heat produced is often significantly greater than the amount of electrical energy generated. At some sites, excess steam, which can also be transformed into cold if required, is fed into local district heating grid or distributed to other industrial facilities outside the industrial park. Another example of efficient energy generation is provided by novel multi-fuel power plants which produce energy from biomass, natural gas, and coal gasification.

Incineration plant for hazardous wastes combust gaseous wastes and return the energy and heat generated to the production cycle. The overall energy consumption is made up of the individual requirements of the companies in the park in such a manner as to ensure optimum utilisation of available energy supplies.

Integrated environmental protection means utilisation of resources with minimum possible waste – for example by reusing water instead of using fresh water. The individual emissions of the member companies should not leave the industrial park as long as any other company can make use of them. In spite of the overwhelming priority given to avoiding resource consumption and pollutant emission, end-of-pipe technologies are still used in order to reduce the level and/or potential danger of the unavoidable pollutant flows. In case of waste water it is clear that the environmental burden cannot be effectively reduced without purification plant. Discharge of industrial waste water that is resistant to biological treatment into municipal sewage treatment plants frequently causes problems because such plants are designed for readily degradable waste. Industrial waste water is therefore frequently “diluted” prior to discharge into the public sewer system. While this admittedly lowers the concentration of pollutants, it does not reduce the absolute quantities introduced.

Low-emission production instead of end-of-pipe technologies

Just 20 years ago, environmental protection was largely based on end-of-pipe technologies, today the main emphasis is low-emission production processes, in-house waste avoidance by integrated environmental technologies or internal recycling. The ecosystem practiced in industrial parks combines production and recycling processes and contributes to a permanent reduction and environment pollution.

This concept offers not only ecological but also economic benefits: Economic performance is improved, emissions and waste are reduced, and resource productivity is enhanced. “Ecoparks” such as Oberbruch Industry Park (www.industriepark-oberbruch.de) operated by NUON close to Aachen and Düsseldorf make full use of the possibilities of rationalisation and act in accordance with the motto: “Think globally – act locally”.

Oberbruch Industry Park located on a 272-acre (110 hectare) site formerly owned by the chemical giant AkzoNobel is one of the numerous industry parks that came into being as chemical companies disinvest or transferred some operations outside Germany. Once those operations left, the sites had enough extra energy capacity and space to host new enterprises seeking a location in the heart of Germany’s industrial belt. Additionally to the described economic and ecological benefits production-oriented start-ups will find excellent research an development conditions in the Oberbruch Industry Park due to the close cooperation with one of the world’s leading technical universities, the RWTH Aachen (www.rwth-aachen.de)

Facts for decision makers:

Positive Eco-Balance
• SMEs with a high environmental impact are particularly exposed to the problem that en-of-pipe environmental technologies are very expensive.
• In relation to added value SMEs place a relatively high burden on the environment through consumption of resources and through their emissions.
• Industrial and chemical parks offer a concept for environmental protection and cost reduction.
• Synergies between companies operating in an industrial park save resources and preserve the environment.
• At Oberbruch Industry Park additional to economic and ecological benefits excellent R&D conditions for innovative products.
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Current state of development of the technology
NO Development phase – laboratory tested NO Available for demonstration – field tested YES Already on the market
NO Other
Intellectual Property Rights
NO Patent(s) applied for NO Patent(s) granted NO Copyright protected
NO Exclusive rights NO Secret know-how
NO Others (registered design, plant variety right, etc)
Partner sought:
Content of the demanded co-operation:
NO License YES Commercial agreement NO Technical agreement
NO Partner Search NO Joint venture NO Manufacturing Agreement
NO Others
Technical specifications
Plastics companies; bio-plastics producers; producers of raw-materials for bio-plastics; composites companies; fibres producers, recycling companies
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