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STANLUB — Result In Brief

Project ID: 508753
Funded under: FP6-INNOVATION
Country: Belgium

Novel, cost-effective vegetable oil-based lubricant

EU-funded researchers developed a novel bio-lubricant and the process to make it that could boost business, rural development and environmental health all at the same time.
Novel, cost-effective vegetable oil-based lubricant
Lubricants reduce heat, friction and wear when applied as coatings to moving parts. Currently, nearly 90 % of lubricants are produced by the petrochemical industry, resulting in depletion of natural resources and a heavy environmental burden.

Bio-lubricants represent an emerging market in which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are particularly active. However, to enhance competitiveness, the performance of bio-lubricants must be increased while at the same time cost-effective production processes must be developed.

The EU-funded ‘Development of new bio-lubricants and coatings using standoils from linseed, castor and tung oils’ (Stanlub) project was conceived to address these needs. Investigators identified a mixture of three different plant oils as raw material to substitute petroleum. They then developed the appropriate production process resulting in a reduced number of steps and thus production cost.

Stanlub bio-lubricants were field tested, demonstrating good performance in metal working applications, railway switches and chainsaws.

Commercial development of Stanlub bio-lubricants should significantly boost the competitiveness of European SMEs working in the growing bio-lubricant sector. Furthermore, it has great potential to enhance rural economic development, ensure worker safety and decrease hydrocarbon pollution.

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