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New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications

Objective

BRIGIT aims to develop a cost-competitive and environmentally friendly continuous process to produce biopolymers (polyhydroxybutyrate, PHB, and succinate-based biopolyesters, PBS-Poly-Butylene-Succinate) from waste-derived lignocelullosic sugar feedstock liquor of wood sulphite pulping process based on “in-situ” fermentation process and new fermentation culture technology without alteration of the quality of current lignosulphonates (they have a high market demand as additive). Other non-wood plant waste, used nowadays in the pulp production, will be also considered as alternative sugar source in this project.
In comparison with previous projects to obtain biopolymers from different sources, the main innovation in BRIGIT is the use of an existing sugar-rich waste stream and the process integration with the existing industrial operation, that will permit an overall reduction in resource consumption and in greenhouse gas emissions and a dramatic reduction of operational costs due to the use of non-sterile steps, without the need of intermediate discontinuous bioreactors and avoiding waste transport.
BRIGIT aims to develop bio-based composites for high-tech fire-resistant applications. The use of these biopolymers in combination with natural fabrics (flax, hemp,...) will be mainly in the passenger and goods transport sector (aeronautics, train, buses, shipping, trucks,..) as an alternative to 3D sandwich panels made from thermoset resins reinforced with continuous glass fibres with high fire resistance. The new panels will be recyclable, lighter, with a broad processing windows, high production capacity (using a continuous compression moulding process) and low embodied energy in comparison with current panels that are heavy, non-recyclable, have narrow processing windows, low production capacity, dirty process with high production of waste and based on materials with high embodied energy.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as 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
€ 645 583,57
Administrative Contact
Cristina Abad Rodriguez (Ms.)

Participants (15)

MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 636 498,84
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tomislava Andric (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 313 530,22
Address
Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Jose San Miguel Roncero (Mr.)
BIOTREND-INOVACAO E ENGENHARIA EM BIOTECNOLOGIA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 540 180
Address
Biocant Park Nucleo 4 Lote 2
3060-197 Cantanhede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Ferreira (Dr.)
SILICOLIFE LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 223 000
Address
Rua Do Canastreiro 15
4715 387 Braga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simao Soares (Mr.)
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 453 469,20
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stella Fanou (Ms.)
AVECOM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 336 150
Address
Industrieweg 122P
9032 Gent-wondelgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Daneels (Mr.)
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 445 373
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Davey (Ms.)
NEXTEK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 358 560
Address
Elgin Crescent 25C
W11 2JD London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Kosior (Mr.)
DAREN LABORATORIES & SCIENTIFIC CONSULTANTS LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 252 355,07
Address
Hapartizanim St 10
74037 Nes Ziona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Faina Solomon Tsvetkov (Dr.)
GREEN SOURCE SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 413 056,19
Address
Avenida De Burgos 12 Piso 4
28036 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fernando Gomez De Liaño Aparicio (Mr.)
ADDCOMP HOLLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 226 350
Address
Rudolf Dieselstraat 8
RUDOLF DIESELSTRAAT Nijverdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Tijhuis (Mr.)
Proform Ipari és Kereskedelmi Kft.
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 230 197,94
Address
Teve Utca 60
1139 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zsolt Kurucsai (Mr.)
XELIS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 185 011,50
Address
Planckstrasse 15
32052 Herford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Tiede (Mr.)
SOLARIS BUS & COACH SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 99 291,73
Address
Ul. Obornicka 46 Bolechowo Osiedle
62 005 Owinska
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dawid Szkucik (Mr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 259 688,74
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Onida (Dr.)