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Use of micronised and bleached beet pulp as additive in white boards and papers

Objective

Beet production in European Union amounts today about 116 million tons per year and is mostly used for sugar production. The EU beet sector represents 400 000 beet growers, all of them are SMEs: they are independent or gathered within small-sized cooperatives. During the production process of beet sugar, beet pulp is the final residue, representing around 7 million tons of dry matter per year. As stipulated in the Common Agricultural Policy, beet producers are the owners of beet pulp and consequently they have interest and responsibility of valorising it. Up to now, beet pulp has mainly been used to feed animals but this valorisation way generates very poor income for beet growers (1 or 2 euro per ton of beet) and tends to reduce. There is thus a need for beet growers to find news ways of valorisation that generate higher income and are able to deal with the large volume of beet pulp produced.
The project proposes a valorisation of beet pulp in a high added value product: to transform beet pulp into vegetal micro-fillers for paper production. Today, mineral charges are incorporated in many printing paper grades to improve opacity but the presence of these mineral fillers causes an environmental problem and the mechanical properties of the paper are negatively affected.
This project proposes to replace, as a whole or a part of, these mineral fillers in paper by bleached vegetal micro-fillers made of beet pulp. In comparison with currently used fillers these vegetal micro-fillers would bring several advantages i n terms of competitiveness and environmental aspects. Thanks to the project the beet producers will benefit from an innovative valorisation way bringing higher value than in cattle breeding and corresponding to a mass-market. Due to the coming sugar reform this cross-innovative valorisation way will anticipate those changes by offering the possibility for beet producers to maintain constant incomes by improving the cost effectiveness of beet co-products

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
Address
46, Avenue Felix Viallet
Grenoble
France

Participants (14)

ABO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY
Finland
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
Turku/abo
ASSOCIATION DE RECHERCHE TECHNIQUE BETTERAVIERE
France
Address
29 Rue Du Général Foy
Paris
CONFEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DES BETTERAVIERS EUROPEENS
France
Address
29 Rue Du Général Foy
Paris
DANIEL GOMEZ
France
Address
53, Cours Berriat
Grenoble
FABRICATION ET ATELIERS L.CHOQUENET SAS
France
Address
19 Rue Charles Brunette
Chauny
JUAN ROMANI ESTEVE S.A.
Spain
Address
Arbres Del Papa 14
La Pobla De Claramunt (Barcelona)
KRAJOWY ZIAZEK PLANTATOROW BURAKA CUKROWEGO
Poland
Address
Ul.kopernika 34
Warsaw
MICRONIS SARL
France
Address
Zifac
Colayrac Saint Cirq
PAPETERIE DES DEUX GUIERS SAS
France
Address
Rue De Verdun
Entre Deux Guiers
PRODESA MEDIOAMBIENTE S.L.
Spain
Address
Ciudad Del Transporte Edificio Somport- Oficina 125
Zaragoza
SICA SECOPULPE DE BOURGOGNE
France
Address

Aiserey
SOCIÉTÉ PARTICIPATION PARISIENNE DES SCIURES
France
Address
33 Rue De Gode
Argenteuil
UNION DES SICA DE TRANSFORMATION DES PULPES DE BETTERAVES
France
Address
43-45 Rue De Naples
Paris
W.KUNZ DRYTEC AG
Switzerland
Address
Taubenlochweg 1
Dintikon