Michael Carus, physicist and managing director of the nova-Institute, is working for over 15 years in the field of Bio-based Economy. This includes biomass feedstock, processes, bio-based chemistry, plastics, fibres and composites. The focus of his work is market analysis, techno-economic and ecological evaluation and the political and economic framework for bio-based processes and applications (“level playing field for industrial material use”).
Carus is member of the Lead Market Initiative (LMI) „Ad-hoc Advisory Group for Bio-based Products“ (since 2010) and member of the Technical Committee, CEN/TC 411 "Bio-based products" (for the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)) (since 2011).
Carus is main author of “Policy paper on Bio-based Economy in the EU: Level Playing Field for Bio-based Chemistry and Materials” and of the study "The development of instruments to support the material use of renewable raw materials in Germany".
Nova-Institut is a private research institute working in the fields of feedstock, techno-economic evaluation, markets, LCA, dissemination, B2B communication and policy; nova-Institute has 20 employees and a yearly turnover about 1,5 Mio. €.