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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

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SCALEPHA (Industrial and commercial SCALE-up of Bio-on technology for the production of PHA polymers from sugar industries waste, co- and by-products)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2015-10-31

"The initiative here described is in the framework of new bio-plastics completely biodegradable and has as its main objective the technical and economic analyses of an industrial plant for the production of PHAs polymers using different sub-products of sugar production process as raw materials.
The realization of the SCALEPHA project is part of a virtuous process of reindustrialization, environmentally friendly, sustainable and advanced in technological value, moreover it enables important benefits for the European community in terms of opportunities, image and creation of new skilled jobs.
The overall project intends to launch the industrial production of PHA, biopolymers with a fully natural origin and 100% biodegradable.
The project has interesting potential for further development considering both the growth of the bio-plastics market and the intrinsic characteristics of PHAs: plastic products superior in terms of origin, biodegradability and thermo-mechanical properties compared to all other so-called ""bio-plastics""."
The description of the performed work in this first phase of SCALEPHA can be broken down in the following tasks:
- Preliminary analysis on the project idea.
- Market Survey.
- Business Organization and Operations Plan.
- Balance Sheet.
- Review and analyse all data.
This feasibility study conclusions provide all data necessary for the investment decision by the main investor/producer. The commercial, technical, financial, economic and environmental prerequisites for the investment project are therefore defined and critically examined; moreover possible alternative solutions have been taken into consideration and reviewed.
The results of this preliminary effort is then a project whose background conditions and aims have been clearly defined in terms of its central objectives and possible marketing strategies, the possible market shares that can be achieved, the corresponding production capacities, the plant location raw materials, most appropriate technology and mechanical equipment and an environmental impact assessment.
The financial part of the study covers the scope of the investment, including the networking capital, the production and marketing costs, sales revenues and the return on capital invested.
The report’s conclusions determine the technological, practical and economic viability of the innovative business idea, together with the resources needed to implement it.
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