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Development of innovative plastic structures for aquiculture using a new composite with crop waste as reinforcing filler (DOLFIN)

Objective

The main objective of the project is to designed, produce and optimise innovative aquaculture structures using a new plastic composite reinforced with organic filler (crop waste) specially developed in the project for applications in permanent contact with water. The new composite will have the necessary characteristics to obtain new structures and devices with enhanced properties compared to the present ones.

The project will combine two completely different waste flows (plastic and crop) to produce new aquiculture structures, both for a totally innovative concept for mollusc farming rafts Wand replacing other materials (metals or non-reinforced plastics) in already existing structures (flotation rings & devises for sea-based fish farms and tanks for land-based fish farms).

The project will also help to solve the problems associated with rafts or other wooden structures in permanent contact with water, such as the reduction of mechanical properties (due to the effects of water) and rotting. Simultaneously, we try to find an economically viable solution for crop residues, using them as fillers in the manufacture of this new plastic composite.

The new composite will be 100% recyclable. There is currently crop waste (husks, stalks and leaves) from rice, sunflower, wheat, barley and other cereals, whose economic exploitation is next to nothing or nil, and its burning in croplands constitutes a significant source of environmental pollution in production areas.

The project aims to obtain a low-cost plastic composite taking advantage of unexploited or underexploited crop waste, applying the new material (in an initial stage) to manufacture water contact applications. The environmental aspects of the project (with their intangible costs), loo king for a useful approach for these residues; increase the relevance of the proposed research.

The SME proposers will exploit the Project results in the short term.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INNOV-1
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Funding Scheme

Cooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts

Coordinator

MIFSUD S.L.
Address
Partida Del Pla S/n
Tavernes De La Valldigna
Spain

Participants (13)

PLASTSVEIS A/S
Norway
Address
Berg
Soemma
GIGANTE AS
Norway
Address
Tbc
Bodoe
CENTRIFORCE PRODUCTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Derbi Road 14
Liverpool
RONAUTICA S.A.
Spain
Address
C/garcia Olloqui 6
Vigo
ENTEX RUST & MITSCHKE GMBH
Germany
Address
Heinrichstrasse 67
Bochum
INPLASVA S.A.
Spain
Address
Cami De La Mota S/n
Corbera - Valencia
MEXIANA PRODUCAO DE MEXILHOES LDA
Spain
Address
Avda 25 De Avril 105, 3° E
Viana Do Castelo
NORTH BAY SELLFISH LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Horries, Deerness
Orkney Scotland
AKUMPLAST JSC
Bulgaria
Address
Sv. P. Atanasov St. 20
Dobrich
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
Address
Valencia Parc Tecnologic C/ Gustave Eiffel, 4
Paterna - Valencia
STIFTELSEN TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Norway
Address
Akersveien 24, St Hanshaugen
2608 Oslo
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Spain
Address
C/oporto 1
Vigo
UNIVERSITY OF WALES - BANGOR
United Kingdom
Address
College Road, Finance Office
Bangor (Gwynedd)