CSITF Site visit and seminar: Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP)

Introduction

Seminar on “Smart Chemistry”

On the 19th of April, almost 20 Dutch companies paid a visit to the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai. The objective of this seminar was to explore the possibilities of future development for Dutch organizations in the fields of chemical efficiency, circular economy and waste treatment within China. SCIP has long been focusing on circular economy and environmental issues, and the park and its members are attractive potential partners for Dutch/European companies looking to do business in China. This seminar created new opportunities for broadening networks, sharing knowledge and sparking partnerships that will contribute to a changing future.

 

About SCIP

Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) hosts a large number of MNCs and national (petrochemical) companies in Chemistry. The East China University of Science and Technology is situated close by. The original reason to establish this park was to collect scattered enterprises in one place and, as a result from this decision, development of domestic enterprises was boosted and international players have been attracted. Today, the park focuses more on high-tech, market-compatible companies that fulfil the needs of Shanghai. SCIP is also reaching out to many other industries, such as automotive and information/communication technologies, and has the ambition to open its own R&D center. Almost from he beginning, SCIP has had a strong focus on addressing circular economy and environmental issues within its park. Waste treatment is centralized: the company Suez performs all the waste water treatment and resources are shared more and more. Attention to solid and disposable waste in SCIP is increasing as well and projects to reuse heat and energy are being developed. Besides these focusses, SCIP is exploring possibilities for using renewable energy (such as solar energy) to power some of these projects and reduce CO2 emissions as well. New environmental regulations also ensure the monitoring of ground water and land quality. SCIP should become the first Chinese chemical industry park that is specialized in chemistry with high standards and technology. It has made funding available to update technology, provide safety, support the environment, and anticipates an increased attention from foreign investors.

 

Program

The Dutch delegation during the site visit

The seminar started with opening remarks by the SCIP organisation and the Holland Innovation Network. The first-half of the seminar was focussed on how to set up chemical industry parks and projects that take into account sustainability, circular economy, environmental protection, energy efficiency and innovation in these fields. During this first part, there were speakers from SCIPAC, the planned SCIP R&D Center, Brightlands Chemelot Campus (Mr. Maurice Lambriex) and Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN; Mrs. Sigrid Bollwerk). A short break in between the two parts provided companies with the opportunity to intermingle and hopefully broaden their networks with other parties. The second-half of the seminar was more technical, and addressed the techniques and processes used by various Dutch and Chinese companies. There were speeches by: Suez/Sino-French on their waste water treatment systems on-site at SCIP, Soliqz (Mr. Nicolaas Viets) on their Hydraulic Wash Column technology, Tusti (Mrs. Eline Stiphout) on smart plastic recycling, the ECUST-DSM-TUD collaboration (Mr. Neil Tang) and their work on fermentation processes, The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT;Mr. Jan Koning) and their work on sustainable process technology development, and GREENMENT (Mr. Johnny Browaeys) with their expertise on setting up businesses in China based on circular economy concepts. Closing remarks were made by Mr. David Pappie, Director Top Sectors and Industrial Policy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands and, afterwards, the programme was rounded off with a tour of the park.

China Shanghai International Technology Fair 2017 a succes!

We look back at a very successful China Shanghai International Technology Fair 2017 (CSITF)! CSITF is the most important national level technology fair in China and this year the Netherlands was Guest Country of Honor.

Innovation Missions with Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam

Around 40 Dutch companies and knowledge institutes participated in one of the three innovation missions on the special occasion of CSITF, led by Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam. Minister van Dam led three innovation missions on the themes Agriculture, Chemistry and Green Technologies. Also High Tech Systems & Materials was an important sector present at CSITF.

CSITF

Minister van Dam during his opening speech

CSITF took place from April 20 until April 22. Minister for Agriculture, Martijn van Dam, officially opened the CSITF and held a keynote speech at the opening forum. During his speech, he emphasized the possibilities for cooperation between the Netherlands and China. “China is developing very quickly, but also encountering many challenges. Dutch companies have innovative solutions which can help face these challenges. This year, the Netherlands is the Guest Country of Honour. The Dutch would be nowhere without innovation, driven by collaboration among companies, knowledge institutions and government. That is why it is important that China and the Netherlands continue working and innovating together” (read the full text here).

Martijn van Dam, Anneke Adema and Ying Yong

At CSITF, the Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam attended several activities. Besides, several high Chinese officials were interested in meeting the Minister, accompanied by the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai, Anneke Adema. Han Zheng, Party Secretary of Shanghai, Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, Fang Aiqing, Vice Minister of Commerce, Li Meng, Vice Minister of S&T and many more Chinese officials met with Minister van Dam and the Consul General at the Holland Innovation Pavilion.

 

Holland Innovation Pavilion

Network Reception at the Holland Innovation Pavilion

26 companies presented themselves at a big, sustainable designed and well-visited Holland Innovation Pavilion. Aside the visit of Chinese and Dutch officials, the Holland Innovation Pavilion was visited by press and technology experts. Dutch companies, universities and institutes presented themselves as innovative collaboration partners and knowledge providers in the Chinese market. Besides large and well-known companies such as Philips, DSM, NXP and AkzoNobel, the pavilion also gave a stage for startups. Overall the Holland Innovation Pavilion presented the Netherlands as a high-tech, innovative and cooperation-driven country.

Companies enjoyed many network opportunities at the Holland Innovation Pavilion. Besides, a special matchmaking event was organised on Thursday afternoon, with interesting opportunities for even more Sino-Dutch cooperation
in the field of innovation.

 

Seminars and Forums

Mr. Guokun Zhang, Director General of the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission

As Guest Country of Honor, the Netherlands organised different seminars and symposia in the field of Intellectual Property Management & Open Innovation, High Tech Systems and Materials, Sustainable Agricultural and Food Technologies, Green Technologies and Chemistry. The following events were organised:

  • Smart Chemical Industry Forum and Site Visit
    with the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park
  • Soil Remediation Technology Workshop with Wageningen University
    and College of Agriculture and Biology of Shanghai Jiaotong University including a site visit
  • Seminar on Solar Energy and Air Pollution Monitoring
  • Seminar on Waste Treatment and Management
  • Seminar on Advanced Materials Functionality and High Precision Manufacturing with the Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association
  • Global Roadmap for Integrated Photonics Roundtable with Shanghai Association for Science and Technology
  • IP management and Open Innovation Symposium, with Zhejiang University School of Management, institute of IP management and the Pudong IP bureau of Shanghai
  • Sustainable Agricultural and Food Technologies with the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission
  • Global Innovation Cities with Rotterdam Partners and Rotterdam Commercial Representative Office

The Holland Innovation Network China and the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai would like to thank The Shanghai Municipal Government for the invitation to be this year’s Guest Country of Honor, SCOFCOM, SITEC, CSITF and all other organizations and companies for their generous support and excellent collaboration.

 

Note: reports about the different seminars will follow soon

Seminar: Advanced Simulation for Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Transportation

On the 25th of April 2017, a special seminar on “Advanced Simulation for Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Transportation” was held at the Automotive Innovation Centre in Shanghai.  This seminar addressed the state-of-the-art in the development and application of simulation models and tools for the assessment of human behaviour and human-system interaction in automotive design and traffic research, from the perspective of academia, government and automotive industry. Distinguished Chinese and Dutch speakers shared their experiences and insights, presenting practical applications and best practices. This included innovative technologies developed in Dutch academia that are revolutionizing vehicle design and traffic modelling and are ready for exploitation by Chinese partners.

Advanced Simulation for Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Transportation

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. It is expected that AVs will improve safety, significantly contribute to the optimization of traffic flow, help to reduce air pollutions, and enhance the mobility of vulnerable people. However, the stability and reliability of AVs are still the key issues need to be tested and verified. These authors are organized through a multi-phased approach including simulation test bed development, test bed demonstration and evaluation with stakeholders, testbed modifications from evaluations, and Development of an experimental plan.

Speakers

During this seminar Dutch and Chinese speakers from academia discussed how the advanced simulations can test the stability and reliability of AVs. The following speakers from companies and knowledge institutes presented their ideas, simulation methods and practical applications:

  • Moderator: Prof. dr. Huizhao Tu, Tongji University, College of Transportation Engineering, Shanghai, China

Biography: Prof. dr. Huizhao Tu received the B.Sc. degree in civil engineering and the M. Eng. degree in transportation engineering from Tongji University, China, the Ph.D. degree in Transport & Planning from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He is currently a full associate professor with College of Transportation Engineering, at Tongji University, China. He was with Department of Transport & Planning, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, where he was a Researcher from 2003 to 2008. His research interests include intelligent connected vehicles, transport risk management, network reliability analysis, emergency traffic management, travel behaviour analysis.

  • Prof. dr. ir. Hans van Lint, Department of Transport & Planning, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands: “Getting human factors in traffic simulation models”

Traffic flow theory is the discipline that develops mathematical models to describe and explain traffic operations. The paradox is that from the onset of this field in the 30s-50s until today these models describe ideal collision-free behaviour, the sort of behavior we would like to see from automated vehicles. Now that vehicle automation on our streets becomes a reality, we need to start understanding the interaction of these automated vehicles with (insofar possible) real human driving behavior with all its flaws and limitations. In his talk, Prof. Van Lint outlined several fundamental challenges, and he sketched vision and concrete path through which we can develop a new generation of traffic simulation tools to address these challenges.

  • Dr. Lucas P.J.J. Noldus, Noldus Information Technology BV, Wageningen, The Netherlands: “New tools for the study of driver-vehicle interaction”

With the trend towards automated vehicles, the role of the driver is changing. This means that all sorts of new questions arise with respect to studying driver-vehicle interaction. How can the driver stay alert enough to intervene at the moment when he or she needs to override the automatic system? What is the experience of the driver and passengers in an advanced car – do they feel safe, trusting the automation, or helpless and nervous? Measuring the state of the driver has never been more important, and this has led to a demand for new methods and tools. At the same time, it has become clear that to fully understand the driver’s state, it is not sufficient to rely on a single measure, but the use of sensor fusion techniques combining multiple modalities is necessary. Noldus Information Technology designed DriveLab to address these challenges, in cooperation with Green Dino, Smart Eye, Delft University of Technology and HAN University of Applied Sciences. This easy-to-use, integrated research tool delivers a powerful instrument for understanding driver behaviour and evaluating human-machine interface designs.

  •  Dr. Lin Li, Shanghai International Automobile City (SIAC), Shanghai, China: “Construction of the toolchain for the test and evaluation of intelligent connected vehicle”

Dr. Lin Li holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and is currently Chief Engineer at the Shanghai International Automobile City.
About SIAC: Shanghai International Automobile City (Shanghai Auto City) is a key project of Shanghai municipal government in the “10th-Five-Year Plan” period. As a comprehensive auto production base on the west outskirts of Shanghai, it joins in with the microelectronic industrial base In the east of Shanghai, the petrochemical industrial base in the south of it and the high-grade iron and steel production base in the north of it to make up the four industrial bases of Shanghai.With a planned area of 68 km2, Shanghai Auto City is located in Anting, including the Kernel Zone, the Car-Making  & Parts Supply Zone, Shanghai International Circuit, New Town of Anting, etc. It is a comprehensive auto-making base as well as a New modern town with integrated functions of manufacturing, R&D, trading, expo, sports, tourism.

  • Prof. dr. Jian Sun, Tongji University, Shanghai, China”: Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Self-Learning Using Simulation”

Biography: Prof.dr. Jian Sun is a Professor in Traffic Engineering, Tongji University. He received his PhD from Tongji University. His research is focused on transportation flow simulation, traffic flow theory, intelligent transportation system, freeway Operation and management. In the past five years, Dr Sun received 4 NSFC research projects, 3 provincial level projects and 15 other projects as a principal investigator and has published over 40 journal articles at major journals in Transportation Engineering. He is a recipient of NSFC Excellent Young Talents award in 2014 and the New Century Excellent Talents in University award in 2013.

More Information

We look back at a very energetic and well-visited seminar. For more information about the knowledge institutes, universities and companies, please visit the links below:

 

From left to right:

Anouk van der Steen (Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science of the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai), Dr. Lucas Noldus (Noldus IT), Prof. dr. ir. Hans van Lint, (Delft University of Technology),  Prof. dr. Jian Sun, (Tongji University), Prof. dr. Huizhao Tu (Tongji University)

Sustainable Agricultural and Food Technologies; Sino-Dutch Cooperation

Food supply chains, security, renewable energy, mobility and the climate. These are among the challenges China needs to tackle now and in the future. The complexity of these challenges leads to many solutions being found in cross-overs between technology and collaboration.

Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam

Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam, who leads the innovation missions during the CSITF, mentions that “both our economies are changing. From quantity to quality, leaning more and more towards sustainability. That makes us want to look past our borders and see what we can learn from each other. I think there are many ways in which we can inspire each other to find answers for the big questions of our future generations.”

In order to meet its challenges for instance on agriculture, the Chinese Ministry for Agriculture is pushing forward a strategic policy promoting technological development and quality improvement. This leads to an increasing interest from Chinese counterparts in the field of agricultural optimization and automation technologies. Agricultural research and development is a strength of the Netherlands and this creates many opportunities for Sino-Dutch collaboration; both academically and commercially.

Besides promoting business opportunities, the missions during the CSITF aim to further collaboration in the field of agricultural technologies among governments, knowledge institutions and industries. As Minister Van Dam expresses: “Let us meet each other in finding solutions for the global challenges we have. Let us discuss, enlighten each other and see how we can help each other move forward to a smart, healthy, sustainable future. We focus on building long-term cooperation to the benefit of our both countries.”

Forums and seminar

A well-visited seminar on “Sustainable Agricultural and Food Technologies: Experiences in the Netherlands and China” was organized by the Holland Innovation Network of the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai on April 21 from 9:30-12:00 at CSITF.  A report will follow soon.

中文的报道

A Clean World Through Green Technologies; Sino-Dutch cooperation

How we handle waste has a great influence on our environment. It is thus no wonder that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced plans in January 2017 to spend 252 billion RMB through 2020 to tackle China’s waste problem. This number also shows that there is a lot happening in this sector and that it is a potential market for Dutch companies.

Marieke Kromkamp, Sales Manager at Waste Treatment Technologies Netherlands, confirms that there is plenty of opportunity for cooperation. “In the Netherlands, there is a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of waste (and water) management, especially with regard to the biological treatment (composting, bio-drying, anaerobic digestion) of waste streams. In China, a lot of waste is still going to landfill or deposits. For this part, China and the Netherlands can strengthen each other and work together on solutions.”

Two-thirds of the money that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reserved, will fund ‘non-harmful’ methods of household-waste disposal, such as incineration, landfills and recycling. According to the 13th Five-Year Plan waste to energy (WTE) incineration capacity increases to 467k tons/day in 2020, accounting for more than half of all municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment in China, indicating rapid growth and increasing demand for relevant equipment.

The Netherlands, with its dense population, prides itself on smart resource management and nowadays is among the world’s leaders in waste management. During CSITF, there will be a seminar on waste treatment and management to join hands with our Chinese counterparts. At the same time, sustainable green and circular solutions for our shared challenges and opportunities will be discussed. Ms. Kromkamp emphasizes that Sino-Dutch cooperation in this field “is a good thing. As the waste market in China, especially in relation to the treatment of municipal solid waste, is extremely big and there is a lot of potential.”

Innovation mission and seminars

The green technologies innovation mission during CSITF focused on relevant areas in finding sustainable solutions for global challenges: Solar Energy, Air Pollution Monitoring and Waste Treatment and Management.

The seminars “Exploring Sino-Dutch R&D Collaboration and Business Opportunities in Solar Energy and Air Pollution Monitoring” and the “Sino-Dutch seminar on waste treatment and management” were held during the CSITF. A report about these seminars will follow soon.