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Materials in the Nationaal Groeifonds

Wednesday, 14 February 2024
Beside Circular Plastics, Solar Panels, and Batteries, also official approval for ‘Groeien met Groen Staal’.

Materials Science and the Nationaal Groeifonds

This week, the ‘Groeien met Groen Staal’ programme received official approval, just like the materials related programmes on Circular Plastics, Solar Panels, and Batteries received previously.

In all of these programmes colleagues within the field of materials science from Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente, Wageningen University & Research, and the University of Groningen are part of the consortium.

Groeien met Groen Staal (GGS)

The 'Groeien met Groen Staal' programme with a consortium of 31 parties within the whole steel sector, all committed to making a positive impact on the environment and the steel industry, is excited to start and take the required steps towards transforming the entire steel cycle in the Netherlands and abroad into a green sustainable cycle.

The programme addresses the environmental challenges facing the steel industry, and will make a significant impact on the environment and the steel industry.

Five themes:

M2i, the Materials innovation institute, has the opportunity to lead this effort and is looking forward to working with all the partners to achieve the shared goals.

Source & more information:
Science LinX News (University of Groningen) article:
Will it break or will it bend. Engineering the material properties of green steel

M2i 'Groeien met Groen Staal' promotion video

Energy and Sustainable Development

Within the theme Energy and Sustainable Development (Energie en Duurzame Ontwikkeling) the Rijksoverheid also approved the following materials related programmes:

Circular Plastics NL (CPNL)

Circular Plastics NL (CPNL) is an initiative within the National Growth Fund. The goal is to make plastics fully circular and use subsidies to accelerate the transition. The programme started in 2023, runs for eight years and has eight programme lines. The programme lines focus on bottlenecks in different value chains to close the cycles for existing plastics.

Eight programme lines:

Source & more information:
NWO Research Programme (and activities): Making plastics circular: technical innovations

Circular integrated high-efficiency solar panels (SolarNL)

This National Growth Fund proposal aims to create the necessary innovative PV technologies and industrial basis in the Netherlands to capture economic value of billions of euros for decades to come. In addition, this ‘local manufacturing’, using short lines from supply to markets, will generate multiple environmental benefits and reinforce strategic autonomy in our energy supply. On all these points, the proposal is fully aligned with the currently accelerating momentum towards new industrial public policies on EU level. 

Three programme lines:

Source & more information:

TKI Urban Energy, Topsector Energy, Project in Beeld: SolarNL

Material Independence & Circular Batteries (BCC-NL)

The Battery Competence Cluster–NL received on June 30th, 2024 the news that its National Growth Fund proposal 'Material Independence & Circular Batteries' has been approved. It has drawn up the proposal with more than 60 companies and knowledge institutions. To make the Netherlands less dependent on scarce and critical raw materials for batteries and to capitalize on opportunities in the battery industry. The programme focuses on sustainable and circular batteries, which are important for our heavy-duty mobility sector and for improving the electricity grid. 

The four thematic pillars of the Battery Competence Cluster–NL:

Source & more information:

Brainport Eindhoven: Battery Competence Cluster - NL