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Biosilence wins BISC-E with soundproofing panels from manure

"Contribute to the sustainability of society by designing a biobased product or process" This was the task that was set for six teams participating in the BISC-E student competition earlier this year. On 21 June, the teams presented the conclusions to their projects. The result: insulation material from manure; coatings from frying oil; Christmas decorations from Christmas trees; broccoli processed into cooked meats; kerosene from waste flows; and biobased packaging for foodstuffs.

BISC-E is an annual competition for university students. The competition is organised by TKI-BBE in order to acquaint students with the world of biobased materials. The aim of the competition is for each team to develop a biobased product or process. There is a jury to assess the entries for sustainability, technical feasibility and economic feasibility. Six teams from Wageningen University, Maastricht University, Avans University of Applied Sciences and Delft University of Technology were pitted against each other for the contest.

It was the Biosilence team from Wageningen which won over the judges in the final. The team had devised a procedure which converted manure into soundproofing panels, thus reducing the need for mineral wool and replacing it with a major agricultural waste flow. The Wrap Up team, likewise from Wageningen, were runners-up. They had developed a biobased packaging material for foodstuffs. The Maastricht team of Carbon Crow came third. They had come up with a process where used frying oil was reprocessed into coatings.

"Ingenious concepts"
The jury, chaired by Kees de Gooijer (TKI-BBE), was enthusiastic about the teams' concepts. De Gooijer: "In general, the teams each came up with an ingenious concept and produced some surprising insights". Alongside Kees de Gooijer on the jury were Luuk van der Wielen (Distinguished Professor for Biobased Economy, Delft University of Technology), Ed de Jong (Vice President of Development Avantium), and Freek Smedema (Senior Consultant Biobased Economy RVO.nl).

Competition over the border
This year's competition was held not just in the Netherlands, but in Portugal and Denmark too. A number of other countries are considering how their own national versions can be organised. If there is sufficient interest, a European-wide competition will follow with each of the finalists competing against each other.

You can find the pictures of the competition here.