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A novel and efficient method for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoate polymer-based packaging from olive oil waste water

Objetivo

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), naturally produced polyesters, are gaining attention in the biodegradable polymer market due to their high biodegradability and versatility. They display sufficient functional properties to replace some of the 250 MTs of plastics used worldwide today, especially in the substitution of PET, which is widely used in soft drink bottles to electronics casing. A key challenge is in producing PHAs that are cost and performance competitive with conventional fossil-based polymers. Recent research has discovered that PHA polymers are naturally produced by some bacteria within the bacterial cell and can be extracted or processed for use in many applications-packaging, moulded goods, adhesives, films, etc. Work has been underway to determine if they can be grown in genetically modified plants. Despite positive results, many publications and patents on eco-compatible packaging materials, the production of biopolymers from natural sources has been limited, mainly due to difficulties in processing of natural materials, incompatibility at the interface natural fillers-polymeric matrices, poor mechanical properties, possible toxicity due to natural material degradation and moisture sensitivity, high raw material cost, etc. This project will build on promising preliminary research results into the growth of genetically modified cyanobacteria in wastewaters to produce PHAs. Cyanobacteria are a group of oxygen-evolving photosynthetic bacteria with short generation time, and are the sole prokaryotes that accumulate PHA by oxygenic photosynthesis, having potential for PHA cultivation in wastewaters. Olive oil wastewater will be recovered and reused to obtain PHA biopolymers for use as advanced packaging material. A valorisation of the waste materials will be obtained for using the leftover biomass (from biopolymer production) for biodiesel production and for the extraction of chemicals and natural fillers for Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)-based composites.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Coordinador

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Dirección
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
España
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aportación de la UE
€ 528 212
Contacto administrativo
Digby Colm (Mr.)

Participantes (13)

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 582 860
Dirección
Via Giusti 9
50121 Firenze
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Alessandro Barbieri (Mr.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION CIENTIFICA Y DE EDUCACION SUPERIOR DE ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA
México
Aportación de la UE
€ 261 821
Dirección
Carretera Ensenada - Tijuana 3918
22860 Ensenada
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Leonor Falcon (Ms.)
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
Aportación de la UE
€ 188 617
Dirección
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Vera Alvarez (Dr.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Bélgica
Aportación de la UE
€ 367 270
Dirección
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Steven Verstichel (Mr.)
ARCHA SRL
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 280 900
Dirección
Via Di Tegulaia 10A - Ospedaletto
56121 Pisa Pi
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Massimiliano Franceschi (Dr.)
TECNICAS PARA LA FIJACION DEL CARBONO S.L.
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 185 689
Dirección
Calle Atlantida 21
08930 Sant Adria De Besos Barcelona
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Jaume Palou Fuste (Mr.)
ANTICO FRANTOIO TOSCANO SRL
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 194 096
Dirección
Via Bolgherese 3
57020 Bibbona
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Adriano Peccianti (Mr.)
EMPACADORA Y OLIVARERA SAN JAVIER SA
México
Aportación de la UE
€ 62 648
Dirección
Calle Ensenada Altos B Fraccionamiento Loma Linda 508
22890 Ensenada Baja California
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Romulo Gonzalez
PEMU MUANYAGIPARI ZARTKORUEN MUKODORESZVENYTARSASAG
Hungría
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€ 77 715
Dirección
Terstyanszky Utca 89
2083 Solymar
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Peter Szanyi (Mr.)
SELLOPACK SAS
Colombia
Aportación de la UE
€ 83 154
Dirección
Parque Industrial San Carlos I Km 1 5
Funza
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Esteban Acuña (Mr.)
LA GRANA SCP
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 94 332
Dirección
Carretera De Manresa A Abrera Km 21
08295 Sant Vicenc De Castellet
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Sergi Mendoza (Mr.)
TSATSOS GEORGIOS
Greece
Aportación de la UE
€ 102 662
Dirección
Ioannou Metaxa 56
19400 Koropi
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Georgios Tsatsos (Dr.)
INCERPLAST SA

La participación finalizó

Rumanía
Dirección
23, Ziduri Mosi Str.
021203 Bucharest
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Maria Rapa (Dr.)