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NextGen Demo: first concessionaires

Port of Antwerp-Bruges is transforming an 88-hectare site in Antwerp into the NextGen District. The ambition is to make it a hotspot for circular economy. Global pioneers have already signed up for a concession at the site.

The site itself also includes space for the NextGen Demo. In this cluster in the heart of Antwerp’s industry, demonstrators will be able to test their new technologies and circular demo projects that have outgrown the lab. Start-ups and scale-ups, spin-off companies and pilot projects can test their projects here on a larger scale before launching them on a commercial footing. NextGen Demo aims to be an innovation hub that acts as a catalyst for sustainable innovations involving raw materials and the energy transition.

Thanks to the industrial port network of top global players in Antwerp, NextGen Demo, NextGen District and the other companies in the port area can work closely together.

NextGen Demo gets its first concessionaires
Power to Hydrogen and TripleW were the first to sign up for NextGen Demo. They have chosen to test their innovative circularity and energy transition projects within the port environment and by doing so, these companies are taking an important step in the transition to a climate-neutral society. NextGen Demo will provide space for 8 to 10 demonstrators.

Power to Hydrogen aims to accelerate the transition to a green hydrogen economy by means of AEM (Anion Exchange Membrane) electrolysis, in the hope of drastically reducing the cost price of producing green hydrogen. The technology has not yet been applied on an industrial scale. When they install the electrolysis system for the NextGen Demo Project in the fourth quarter of 2024, it will be the largest of its kind in the world. The project is receiving financial support from global utility companies, including American Electric Power, EDP, E.ON and ESB, as part of the Free Electrons innovation programme for utilities.

TripleW developed an industrial process to produce lactic acid made entirely from food waste. By scaling up this project, the foreign investor, which has been active in Belgium for some time now, has once again chosen Belgium. The high-quality lactic acid serves as a raw material for biodegradable plastics and biochemicals. TripleW’s project in NextGen Demo aims to demonstrate the scalability and adaptability of lactic acid and expand its use to include a wider range of food waste streams and end-products. The project is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2024.
Source: Port of Antwerp-Bruges

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