About us

The nova-Institute was founded as a private and independent institute in 1994. It is located in the Chemical Park Knapsack in Huerth, which lies at the heart of the chemical industry around Cologne (Germany).
For the last two decades, nova-Institute has been globally active in feedstock supply, techno-economic and environmental evaluation, market research, dissemination, project management and policy for a sustainable bio-based economy. Today, nova-Institute has 25 employees and an annual turnover of more than 2 million €. 
nova-Institute surrounds, strengthens and completes scientific and engineering work by linking it to feedstock, markets, economy and policy. Furthermore, nova is committed to do dissemination and marketing support. 

Key questions regarding nova activities

What are the most promising concepts and applications for Industrial Biotechnology, Biorefineries and Bio-based Products? What are the challenges for a post petroleum age - the Third Industrial Revolution?

Key activities

Raw Material Supply

  • Availability & prices
  • Competing uses
  • Sustainability certifications
  • Technical feasibility assessment and alternatives
  • Characterisation and evaluation of chemical composition

Techno-Economic Evaluation

  • Process economics
  • Technology assessment
  • Investment appraisals
  • Business development
  • Target and life cycle costing
  • Uncertainty, risk and sensitivity analyses

Market Research

  • Competition analysis
  • Feasibility and potential studies
  • Marketing strategies, application assessment
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL),maturity evaluation
  • Data collection, surveys and interviews
  • Evaluation of product identities incl. GreenPremium

Environmental Evaluation

  • Life cycle assessments (LCA)
  • Life cycle inventories
  • Meta-analyses of LCAs
  • Environmental process optimization
  • Support of sustainability certification
  • labelling, auditing
  • Technology improvement by using sustainability feedback loops (SUstainability Integrated Technology Development, SUITED)

Dissemination & Marketing Support

  • B2B communication
  • Events for experts: conferences & workshops
  • Project communication & dissemination
  • Different channels: conferences, websites, press releases, newsletters, leaflets
  • Strong stakeholders network
  • Crowdfunding

Political Framework & Strategy

  • System analysis
  • Science-based strategic consulting for political bodies and companies
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Unique selling points, application assessment and GreenPremium prices
  • Standardisation, certification, labelling
  • Strong political network and member in different national and international committees


nova-Institut GmbH

Chemiepark Knapsack
Industriestraße 300
50354 Hürth, Germany

tel. +492233-48-1440
fax +492233-48-1450

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