Biobased Pilot Plant

The biobased pilot plant is a multi-purpose multi-tenant pilot plant facility for the thermochemical and chemochemical conversion of (biobased) building blocks on a 100 kg/day scale. These facilities fulfil an important requirement for companies to scale up processes from lab or bench scale to pilot scale, to reduce capital and risk in scaling up to demo scale and full scale production. The biobased pilot plant employs the newest technologies through the collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University and DSM as founding fathers of Chemelot InSciTe. This include novel equipment such as spinning disc reactors and extractors, as well as dedicated skids for performing reactions and purifications such as multistage distillation, next to standard equipment. The facility was opened in May 2016.

Chemelot InSciTe has reserved 2/3rd of the capacity of the pilot facilities for its own RT&D program. The remaining 1/3rd capacity is available for third parties on a commercial basis. The biobased pilot plant, as well as other research facilities, will be managed through a separate entity, Chemelot Research Facilities B.V. (CRF), which is responsible for managing the facilities and installations.

For more information on renting piloting capacity, contact Bart van As, Business Development Manager Biobased (
The Pilot Plant Facility, located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen


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