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100% bio-based material can absorb hydrocarbons and oil in water, air and soil

28 October 2022, 09:53

Every year, 2.5 million tons of hydrocarbons and oil are spilled into the oceans, and of these approximately only 70% are collected and the rest stays in the water. Biosorbe is a cleantech startup that has developed a biomaterial that can efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way absorb hydrocarbons and oil in water, air, and soil. This product can replace the plastic and cement-based alternatives available today, and can also clean where there are no other suitable product alternatives available.

Until today, the tools used to absorb hydrocarbons and oil have been large pumps and various absorbers made of plastic or cement, which during manufacture release large amounts of CO2 and when used leave microplastics in the oceans. In addition to the emissions that occur in the oceans, large amounts of oil are released in industries, in the transport sector, etc., where plastic or cement-based products are used today, which release large amounts of CO2 during production.

Biosorbe's solution to this problem is a completely bio-based product that can absorb hydrocarbons and oil in water, air, and soil in an environmentally friendly way. This product can replace the plastic and cement-based alternatives available today and can also clean where there are no other suitable product alternatives available.

It all started as a science project at the Royal Institute of Technology with successful results. They noticed problems in how to absorb hydrocarbons and oil and realized that there must be better, more sustainable alternatives. They worked further with the results and the idea has been developed and commercialized by Biosorbe.

Biosorbe has recently deepened its collaboration with RISE and now works together with several departments at RISE as well as RISE's various subsidiaries. Through this collaboration, Biosorbe sees how several new opportunities are now opening up for the company.

- Through the deepened collaboration, we have gained access to additional funding for mainly development work, where our part of Forest Business Accelerator is a key to this. Today we work with Processum, MoRe Research, Lignocity in Bäckhammar, and not least RISE in Stockholm. We get access to international work and partners that we would never have had access to otherwise, says Lars-Erik Sjögren, CEO of Biosorbe AB.

Lars-Erik also explains how the collaboration with RISE strengthened the company's competitiveness.

- Our collaborations with RISE strengthen us both by giving us a legitimacy that is difficult to achieve as a small startup, as well as being heard through the noise in today's media and corporate landscape. But above all, it gives us access to competence and excellence in our development work, which we would otherwise have difficulty getting access to.

- It is very nice that Biosorbe wants to deepen the collaboration with several departments at RISE so that together we can further develop the company's innovation. Biosorbe's participation in the Forest Business Accelerator will open up new collaboration opportunities and contact networks within the forest industry, says Leif Lyckebäck, Innovation and Process Manager at Processum.

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