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Development of crosslinked flexible bio-based and biodegradable pipe and drippers for micro-irrigation applications

Objective

The Southern Accession countries and Southern EU countries use the largest percentages of abstracted water for agriculture (75 % and 50 %, respectively), primarily for irrigation. This means consume of 120.000 Millions of m3/year of water. The use of micro irrigation system can reduce the water consume in near 60%, i.e., reduction in consume of 70.000 millions of m3/year. Furthermore, this market is expected to grow quickly due to new water regulations in the near future (due to the worrying problems of the desertification and longer periods of drought).Despite the benefits that the micro-irrigation systems present, there are some limitations that burden its use by the farmers: a).High cost to remove the product at the end of its useful life (even higher in combination with mulching system) and b). Non recyclable pipes due to its conditions of use the material losses its mechanical properties by the effect of UV radiation, is chemically attacked and has contaminants. The aim is to develop plastic pipes and drippers for micro-irrigation produced with bio-based and biodegradable material which will maintain their functional properties during lifespan and at the same time biodegrade after use without the need to remove and dispose. HYDRUS approach will consist on two-step process:1.Reactive extrusion: A low module biopolymer and/or polymeric plasticisers and graft coupling agents will be added to the current PLA, using a compounding multi screw extruder.2.Extrusion pipe line+ crosslinking(standard equipment): Addition of organosilanes or peroxides to the previous blend (PLA + additives) and production of the pipe. The same process will be applied for the drippers with standard injection moulding machines. The new pipe will show Good thermal,Environmental Stress Cracking and flexural resistance, in addition to this,the drip will also meet the dimensional stability,fulfilling therefore the requirements needed in normal conditions for traditional micro-irrigation systems

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 19 305
Administrative Contact
Raquel Giner Borrull (Ms.)

Participants (10)

FKUR KUNSTSTOFF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 198 848,19
Address
Siemensring 79
47877 Willich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Peltzer (Mr.)
EXTRULINE SYSTEMS S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 684,83
Address
Autovia Del Mediterraneo Km 567 Salida 565
30890 Puerto Lumbrera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Luis Gonzalez Ruiz (Mr.)
TOTRA PLASTIKA podjetje izdelkov iz plasticnih mas, d.o.o
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 203 549,57
Address
Trpinceva Ulica 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janez Anzur (Mr.)
VIVEROS BAIX VINALOPO S.L.

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 76 973,54
Address
Partida De Altabix Pol-3 77A
03207 Elche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Luis Jimenez Muriana (Mr.)
FORMFLEX HORTI SYSTEMS B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 190 183,51
Address
De Lierseweg 6
2291 PD Wateringen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arjan Kouwenhoven (Mr.)
DEMOKWEKERIJ BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 055,95
Address
Zwethlaan 52
2675 LB Honselersdijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peet Van Adrichem (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 9 504
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carlo Alberto Veracini (Prof.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 14 508,55
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Freek Zuidam (Mr.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 6 795,47
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno De Wilde (Mr.)
JOSE LUIS JIMENEZ MURIANA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 19 450,15
Address
Partida Torrellano Alto 48
03220 Elche Alicante
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Luis Jimenez Muriana (Mr.)