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SEAWEEDS FROM SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE AS FEEDSTOCK FOR BIODEGRADABLE BIOPLASTICS

Objective

SEABIOPLAS fits EU 2020 strategy: a resource efficient Europe that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services to create growth and jobs. EU is the largest biodegradable polymers consuming region. Major market drivers for biodegradable polymers include legislation, depleting landfill capacity, pressure from retailers, growing consumer interest in sustainable plastic solutions, a quest for fossil oil and gas independence and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The industry defines biopolymers, or bioplastics, as polymers that are either bio-based or biodegradable - PLA is both. The production of PLA and other biopolymers is now based in natural resources like corn, wheat, sugar beets and sugar cane. There is an increasing concern that the use of those raw materials will compete with food, feed or energy production, with consequent escalation of raw material costs and negative environmental effects. The dependence of those feedstocks is a limitation to a wider application of biopolymers in the plastic industry; thus the interest in alternative sustainable resources. SEABIOPLAS proposes seaweeds: offering advantages over traditional feedstocks, including higher productivities, no competition for land use, minimal water consumption while having similar sugar contents and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. SEABIOPLAS offers a complete integrated solution to the plastic SMEs stakeholders through the scientific knowledge provided by the RTDs, from the production of the feedstock in sustainable Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture systems, to the development of the biopolymers using innovative technologies of reduced environmental impact until the validation test of the seaweed-based polymers in greener plastic products (shrinkable and stretchable films, adhesives, plastic additives and coatings). As a complement, the viability of valorizing the seaweed residues as ingredients for animal feeds will be assayed in dairy farms and IMTA sites.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

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BANTRY MARINE RESEARCH STATION LIMITED
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Gearhies
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Ireland
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Julie Maguire (Dr.)

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ALGAPLUS PRODUCAO E COMERCIALIZACAO DE ALGAS E SEUS DERIVADOS LDA
Portugal
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Travessa Alexandre Conceicao
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Maria Helena Abreu (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
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€ 71 676
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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
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Research Organisations
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A.H. Koedoot (Mrs.)
CENTRO INTERDISCIPLINAR DE INVESTIGACAO MARINHA E AMBIENTAL
Portugal
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€ 9 870,40
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Av General Norton De Matos S/n
4450 208 Matosinhos
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Moreira Susana (Dr.)
ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
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Rua D Manuel Ii Apartado 55142
4051 401 Porto
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CENTRE D'ETUDE ET DE VALORISATION DES ALGUES SA
France
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22610 Pleubian
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Maud Benoit (Dr.)
VERF- EN VERNISFABRIEKEN HERFST EN HELDER BV
Netherlands
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Utrechtsestraatweg 224
3911TX Rhenen
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Hylcke Okkinga (Mr.)
NORDBIOCHEM OU

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Estonia
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Kuuse 2
63303 Polva
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Vambola Kolbakov (Mr.)
SLEEVER TECHNOLOGIES
France
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Avenue Arago 15 Zi Le Val
91420 Morangis
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Pascal Chapon (Dr.)
AGROLABO S.P.A.
Italy
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CARTRON POINT SHELLFISH LTD
Ireland
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. Burrin
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Freddie O'mahony (Ms)