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A Novel Microwave-Enhanced Superheated Steam Process for High Performance Drying of Hygroscopic Polymers

Objective

The principal objective of the HiPerDry project is to create a significant advance over the state of the art in hygroscopic polymer drying technology. A three year development programme which will culminate in the testing and demonstration of a prototype hygroscopic polymer drying system is proposed. The resulting combined microwave and super-heated steam drying (MW-SHSD) system will boast the following advantages: 30 to 50 % reduction in process energy costs as well as run time, the ability to efficiently dry heat-sensitive hygroscopic polymers (especially biopolymers) without the risk of material degradation and the built-up of knew know-how about the drying and processing of heat-sensitive bioplastics. Therefore the competitiveness of the SME-members of the SME-AGs will be significantly risen and thresholds for the processing of bioplastics will be lowered.
The five SME-AGs from five different SME states and two SMEs from two different EU States in the project, together form the ideal trans-national partnership to exploit and disseminate the foreground intellectual property developed in the project for the benefit of hygroscopic polymer-processing SMEs right across Europe. However, lacking both capability and capacity to develop the proposed MW-SHSD technology, we have a need to out-source the necessary R&D. The Research for SME-Associations funding instrument provides us with the perfect opportunity to employ our preferred RTD partners to carry out the planned work programme. In return for paying the RTDPs for their work, the SME-AGs will retain all the rights to the Foreground Intellectual Property developed in the HiPerDry project.
For its investment of €2.38 million in the HiPerDry project, the European plastics processing industry will earn a financial return of €158.8 million in turnover, see the creation of 798 new jobs in the industry and witness an increase in the global competitiveness of thousands of hygroscopic polymer-processing SMEs across Europe.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 51 394,80
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (11)

VERBAND TECHNISCHE KUNSTSTOFF-PRODUKTE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 266 376
Address
Stadelstrasse 10
60596 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Karin Lüdecke (Ms.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE INDUSTRIALES DE PLASTICOS - ANAIP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 302 468
Address
Calle Coslada 18
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Angela Osma (Mrs)
ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 382 780
Address
Centro Direzionale Milanofiori
20090 Assago Milano
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Girolamo Dagostino (Mr.)
THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 364 923,20
Address
Rivington Street 6 Bath Place
EC2A 3JE London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Marsden (Mr.)
POLYMERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 168 492
Address
180 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie Maison Des Entreprises
01115 Bellignat
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Nougaoui Kamal
BIERTHER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 150
Address
Nikolaus Otto Strasse 15
55543 Bad Kreuznach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Bierther (Mr.)
FAPERIN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 280 627
Address
Calle Virgen De La Paz 12
03440 Alicante
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Martínez Antolí (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jordi Mauri (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Murat Sen (Mr.)
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raquel Giner Borrull (Ms.)
HECKMANN MASCHINENBAU UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 186 789
Address
Hespenweg 20
27313 Dorverden Hulsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Heckmann (Mr.)