ISPT - the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (TKI- Topconsortium voor Kennis en Innovatie) - is a Public Private Partnership between industry (both multinationals and SME), universities, and knowledge institutes, aiming at speeding up innovation targeted at all aspects of establishing innovative and more sustainable processes in the process industry across a wide range of sectors. The ISPT is a part of the 'Topsectors' - The Netherlands policy on innovation organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Participants in ISPT jointly develop knowledge and technology in open-innovation based consortia. The institute aims at the development, demonstration and application of breakthrough technology with a special focus on process technology in predominantly (but not limited to) sectors Food, Pharma, Bio-based Economy, Water, Oil&Gas and Chemicals.

ISPT recently founded the Biobased SME Cluster. The Cluster represents 7 industrial SMEs active in technology development and realisation of biorefineries using agricultural residue streams and new biomass sources to produce a combination of valuable and marketable products. This cluster focuses on two value chains:

  • Valorization of green or fresh agricultural residues (beet leaf, potatoe leaf)
  • Valorization of new aquatic biomass sources such as algae and duckweed

The Biobased SME Cluster aims to facilitate its SME members at developing technology in conjunction with other ISPT programs and with to-be-defined projects, accelerating the market opportunities by creating a raw material infrastructure and realise bio-refinery pilot and demonstration plants.

The ISPT Cluster is partner in the BBI JU project ‘PROVIDES’ (PROcesses for Value added fibres by Innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents).