|Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!|
22 Déc 2015
Our offices and laboratories will be closed from December 25th to January 1st included.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2016!
|Closing day of the “Grow2Build” European project aiming at developing the use of natural materials (flax and hemp) in the construction business|
24 Sept 2015
The EU Interreg IVB project ‘Grow2Build’ enters its final stage
. Around 50 participants from 6 European countries joined a final event in Namur, September 2nd
. Among them many SME’s, as well as representatives of research organizations, education and policy.
The Grow2Build partners hosted a visit to IsoHemp and ChanvrEco, two innovative producers of hemp and flax based building materials
. Afterwards a selection of the results and the achievements of the Grow2build project were presented in Namur.
Topics discussed were improvement of fire behaviour
of hempcrete blocks, results of a desk study on health and comfort issues related to the use of biobased building materials, bio-polyester as a matrix ... Read more
|CORNET Research Project: ACTIPOLY|
22 Déc 2015
In Europe, nearly two billion tons of fresh food packaged under modified atmosphere
were consumed in 2013, and the number keeps growing. Another big number related to packaged fresh foods is the amount of waste: about 40% of finished products are not consumed
. Part of the wastage occurs in the supply chain
(storage, transport and distribution), which means that the food being thrown away is still packaged! This shows that conventional modified atmosphere packaging is not always sufficient to guarantee the preservation of food.
Moreover, packaging thrown away along with food are usually oil-based, and can only be recovered through combustion. Therefore, food and packaging waste is both an economic and ... Read more
|Changes in taxation of industrial waste in the Walloon Region|
05 Juin 2015
Since the 1stJanuary 2015, several changes have been introduced regarding the taxation of industrial effluents:
- The tax per pollution load unit of industrial waste water is now 13 €. Previously, it was 8,9242€
- The calculation of the parameter including the influence of metals now takes into account Ni and Pb with the same importance as Hg and Cd.
- An ecotoxicity parameter will be taken into account in the calculation of the pollution load, progressively between 2015 and 2018.
The introduction of this ecotoxicity parameter aims to integrate the effect of micro-pollutants which can be found in industrial waste water and that were not included yet in the current ... Read more
|CORNET Research Project: SALICHEM|
24 Mar 2015
Saline plants use for chemicals and energy production
The SALICHEM project
started in the beginning of January and will last 2 years.
Halophytes are plants that grow in waters and soils of high salinity. In order to adapt themselves to this hostile environment, these plants had to synthetize specific secondary metabolites and had developed the ability to absorb salts.
Due to the global climate change, irrigation and deforesting, salinization of soils
is becoming a more and more serious threat for agriculture. To prevent the loss of these lands, halophytes can be grown to decontaminate the soils by absorbing the salts
. The biomass produced can be valorized in different sectors.
Here comes the SALICHEM
... Read more
09 Fév 2015
Further to the recent audit by the accreditation company BELAC, CELABOR has obtained new accreditations according to the ISO 17025 standard, which describes the requirements concerning the skill of testing laboratories.... Read more
In the agri-food sector, the determination of metals As, Cd, Hg and Pb by ICP-MS, already accredited for fruits, vegetables and essential oils, has been extended to the area of food supplements.
In the environmental area, the brand new device ICP-AES for the determination of metals has been validated for its use in the accredited methods.
In the textile field, three new methods have been accredited: the determination of free and hydrolyzed formaldehyde, the color fastness to water and to