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RENEWABLE ECO-FRIENDLY POLY(LACTIC ACID) NANOCOMPOSITES FROM WASTE SOURCES

Objective

Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is a compostable polymer derived from renewable food-derived sources (mainly starch and sugar beet) and possesses the highest potential for a commercial major scale production of renewable packaging materials. Since PLA is compostable and derived from sustainable sources, it can be envisaged as a promising material for the reduction of the enormous societal problems associated to solid waste disposal.

ECLIPSE promotes a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to packaging, via the use of waste derived materials unrelated to fossil fuels and to the food chain. The main objective of ECLIPSE is to revalorize waste-derived products (algae biomass waste and plant and crustacean wastes) into novel packaging materials. The ECLIPSE approach intends to revalorize waste materials for the production of an algae-derived PLA matrix. In addition, ECLIPSE also seeks to reinforce such PLA matrix with functionalized nanofillers extracted from non-edible banana plant, almond shell and crustacean shell wastes. This project aims at decreasing both the production costs of both poly(lactic acid) and algae biodiesel, by increasing the added value of algae waste via its revalorisation into the production of lactic acid.

To this purpose, the industrial partnership was designed to combine leading companies to supply the raw materials involved in the project, namely algae (ALGAENERGY), lactic acid (GALACTIC), PLA (FUTERRO), banana waste (BANACOL) and seafood waste (ANTARTIC), with sound research groups active on biopolymers and nanoparticle functionalisation and dispersion (UMONS, CIDETEC, FRAUNHOFER, LTU, UPV/EHU, UPB, PUC) and a global end user with multiple plastic packaging converting facilities. This consortium includes 9 partners from European institutions and 4 partners from South American SICA countries, all of them experts in their respective fields.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polylactic acid

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 618 956
Administrative Contact
Jon Lacunza (Mr.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITE DE MONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 296 967
Address
Place Du Parc 20
7000 Mons
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Dubois (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD PONTIFICIA BOLIVARIANA Corporacion sin animo de lucro - UPB
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 239 370
Address
Circular - Laureles 1 - N70
Medellin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jairo Augusto Lopera Pérez (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 541 152
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Astrid Beascoa (Ms.)
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE
Chile
EU contribution
€ 221 600
Address
Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'higgins 340
8331150 Santiago
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deodato Radic (Prof.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 425 256
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jeanette öjergren (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 535
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
FUTERRO

Participation ended

Belgium
Address
Rue Du Renouveau 1
7760 Escanaffles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Coszach (Mr.)
ALGAENERGY SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 164 190
Address
Avenida De Europa 19
28108 Alcobendas Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose María Ortega (Mr.)
COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL BANACOL DE COLOMBIA SA
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 145 877
Address
Calle 26 Sur 48 12
11842 Envigado
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luis Osorio (Mr.)
ANTARTIC SEAFOOD SA
Chile
EU contribution
€ 108 900
Address
Avenida Geronimo Mendez 1610
Coquimbo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mario Venegas (Mr.)
GALACTIC SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 408 432
Address
Place D'escanaffles 23
7760 Escanaffles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Benoît Moreau (Dr.)
BIOPAC (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 171 765
Address
Aintree Road Units 19 & 20 Keytec Business Park
WR10 2JN Pershore
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Graham (Mr.)