Bondalti invests in disruptive and sustainable chemistry
The development of more than 30 projects and the participation of several consortia focused on key areas of sustainability marked Bondalti's activity in 2021 in the field of Research, Development and Innovation (RDI).
Bondalti invested in 2021 around 2.7 million euros in Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activities, the value of which resulted in new scientific knowledge and consequent innovation capacity. This investment, carried out despite the effects of an intense pandemic phase, resulted in the implementation of solutions that contribute to the carbon neutrality of industrial operations, as well as in the development of more disruptive projects in view of its current business profile.
In total, in 2021, 36 RDI projects were developed, 58% of which were carried out in partnership. 17% of Bondalti's employees were allocated to activities in these areas, as well as three doctoral students and three master's students.
The year 2021 was also marked by Bondalti's participation in several consortia, namely within the scope of the Green Deal, Horizon Europe, Portugal 2020, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and also the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR). The focus was the development of new processes and technologies for the production of hydrogen, ammonia and green methanol, as well as the implementation of circular solutions.
Green hydrogen and lithium refining are axes of new business development
Bondalti's expansion is based on three main areas: development of the core area of industrial chemistry, consolidation of the new water treatment area - which aggregates the competences of Enkrott and Aema, which have recently joined the group - and development of new businesses.
Within the scope of the latter, the company is exclusively focused on the path of sustainable development. Green Hydrogen and lithium refining – maximizing the experience gained in the electrolysis process – represent two of the key areas in which it has already identified opportunities.
Topics such as Industry 4.0, decarbonization, energy efficiency and integration with renewables, among other concepts, are in the practical implementation phase in the chemical industry, continuing to constitute challenges that are projected into the future and that will require more disruptive innovations - which, with the contribution of Bondalti, are part of the purpose of creating an innovative and sustainable chemistry that contributes to a better world.