Nova Institute

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 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-Institute is a member of various international associations and committees. We are founding member of the Cluster Industrial Biotechnology CLIB2021, member of the Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK), the subgroup "Natural Fibres Reinforced Plastics", member of the Biobased Industries Consortium BIC, member of kunstoffland NRW e.V. – Plastics Manufacturers Association in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and of IBB – Industrielle Biotechnologie Bayern.

nova-Institute is the executive office of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), is member of the Technical Committee, CEN/TC 411 "Bio-based products", of the "Expert Group on Bio-based Products" of the European Commission, member of the Thematic Working Groups "Biomass supply" and "Market-making" of the "Bioeconomy Panel" of the European Commission, as well as member of the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), working group "Sustainable Bioresources for a Growing Bioeconomy".


Mr Michael Carus – – Tel.: +49 (0)2233 48 14 40
Ms Linda Engel – – Tel.: +49 (0)2233 48 14 58

nova-Institut GmbH, Chemiepark Knapsack, Industriestraße 300, DE-50354 Hürth (Germany)
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