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Industrial and commercial SCALE-up of Bio-on technology for the production of PHA polymers from sugar industries waste, co- and by-products


The objective of the SCALEPHA Project is to contribute to the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems through a sustainable supply and use of raw materials in the industrial production of 100% biodegradable bio-plastic, in order to meet the needs of a growing global population within the sustainable limits of the planet's natural resources and eco-systems.
SCALEPHA activities will contribute to increasing European competitiveness, raw materials security and improving well-being, whilst assuring environmental integrity, resilience through an innovative integrated technology: Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHAs).
European Factories of the Future will have to be SMART (high performance, reconfigurable, adaptive and evolving factories based on new technologies) and GREEN (reduced ecological footprint through a more efficient use, at factory level, of material and energy resources): SCALEPHA project will demonstrate that Biotechnologies, such PHAs production, are the strategic technologies needed to keep the European Manufacturing leading edge.
Side Objectives:
- penetrate significantly the existing bioplastic market through PHAs (in particular Biomedical, Food Packaging and Design sectors);
- diffusion and uptake of PHA innovation on a broad scale, maximising its economic and environmental benefits;
- create or enlarge new markets for related PHAs products providing opportunities for growth and jobs at Local, National and European levels.
- deploy a key environmental product obtained with smarter and greener processes addressing the challenge of resource scarcity, water and soil pollution.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food packaging
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


Via Dante Alighieri 7B
40016 San Giorgio Di Piano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000