Biobased Multi-Purpose Multi-Tenant Pilot Plant Facility
The biobased pilot plant is a multi-purpose multi-tenant pilot plant facility for the thermochemical and chemocatalytic conversion of (biobased) building blocks on a 100 kg/day scale. It is located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.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. Catalyzed reactions, (de-)polymerizations and product purifications are run by top-notch operators in a great variety of multi-purpose and dedicated installations. The facility was opened in May 2016 and installations have been improved and expanded ever since. Take a virtual tour through the expanded pilot plant: 

Become a partner in the Pilot Plant Facility
Two-thirds of the capacity of the pilot facilities is used for the RT&D programme. The remaining third of the capacity is available for third parties on a commercial basis. Parties who are active in our research fields are invited to join us in the available pilot plant space. We are especially looking for parties who are working with lignin, furfural, and hemicellulose.

Please contact Marijn Rijkers, our Program Director Biobased for more information. He will gladly assist you with any questions regarding the Pilot Plant Facility and further arrangements. 

Floor space and laboratory 
The Multi-Purpose Pilot Plant consists of a 520 m2 pilot hall, complemented with adjacent laboratory and project offices, all located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.

The equipment available:

Packed bed reactor set-up
Continuous homogeneous catalysis set-up
Spinning disc reactor and spinning disc extractor
Purifications such as multi-purpose distillation column
Dedicated skids for performing experiment
Adding up:

Batch and continuous operation processes up to 500 kg/day
Integrated data monitoring and control systems
ATEX2 certified, 24/7 operations
On-site analytics laboratory, confidentiality ensured


Chemelot InSciTe