Dutch grower awarded for building materials based on greenhouse waste

This week, eggplant Grower Johan Groenewegen won an Herman Wijffels Innovation Award with Nova Lignum. Lignum Nova has developed Ceranex, a fully recyclable building material made from compressed greenhouse waste. It is waterproof, fireproof and resistant to rot and mold. "An excellent example of innovation in the circular economy, which provides a substantial added value for growers and society," concludes the jury. The price is 30,000 euros.

(photo Twitter Robin Berendse).

First prize, 50,000 euros, went to LENS from Amsterdam for a solar distributor. The company Solynta from Wageningen won third prize with a potato breeding technique that is four to ten times faster than the traditional crossing of potatoes.

The event signalled the twelfth time the Herman Wijffels Innovation Award was bestowed. Up to 743 entries were received in total. Eight companies were nominated.

To the Nova Lignum website.

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