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A novel and efficient method for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoate polymer-based packaging from olive oil waste water

Objective

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), naturally produced polyesters, are gaining attention in the biodegradable polymer market due to their high biodegradability and versatility. They display sufficient functional properties to replace some of the 250 MTs of plastics used worldwide today, especially in the substitution of PET, which is widely used in soft drink bottles to electronics casing. A key challenge is in producing PHAs that are cost and performance competitive with conventional fossil-based polymers. Recent research has discovered that PHA polymers are naturally produced by some bacteria within the bacterial cell and can be extracted or processed for use in many applications-packaging, moulded goods, adhesives, films, etc. Work has been underway to determine if they can be grown in genetically modified plants. Despite positive results, many publications and patents on eco-compatible packaging materials, the production of biopolymers from natural sources has been limited, mainly due to difficulties in processing of natural materials, incompatibility at the interface natural fillers-polymeric matrices, poor mechanical properties, possible toxicity due to natural material degradation and moisture sensitivity, high raw material cost, etc. This project will build on promising preliminary research results into the growth of genetically modified cyanobacteria in wastewaters to produce PHAs. Cyanobacteria are a group of oxygen-evolving photosynthetic bacteria with short generation time, and are the sole prokaryotes that accumulate PHA by oxygenic photosynthesis, having potential for PHA cultivation in wastewaters. Olive oil wastewater will be recovered and reused to obtain PHA biopolymers for use as advanced packaging material. A valorisation of the waste materials will be obtained for using the leftover biomass (from biopolymer production) for biodiesel production and for the extraction of chemicals and natural fillers for Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)-based composites.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 528 212
Administrative Contact
Digby Colm (Mr.)

Participants (13)

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO NAZIONALE PER LA SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 582 860
Address
Via Giusti 9
50121 Firenze
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Barbieri (Mr.)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION CIENTIFICA Y DE EDUCACION SUPERIOR DE ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 261 821
Address
Carretera Ensenada - Tijuana 3918
22860 Ensenada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leonor Falcon (Ms.)
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 188 617
Address
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vera Alvarez (Dr.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 367 270
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Verstichel (Mr.)
ARCHA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 280 900
Address
Via Di Tegulaia 10A - Ospedaletto
56121 Pisa Pi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Franceschi (Dr.)
TECNICAS PARA LA FIJACION DEL CARBONO S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 185 689
Address
Calle Atlantida 21
08930 Sant Adria De Besos Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaume Palou Fuste (Mr.)
ANTICO FRANTOIO TOSCANO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 194 096
Address
Via Bolgherese 3
57020 Bibbona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adriano Peccianti (Mr.)
EMPACADORA Y OLIVARERA SAN JAVIER SA
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 62 648
Address
Calle Ensenada Altos B Fraccionamiento Loma Linda 508
22890 Ensenada Baja California
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Romulo Gonzalez
PEMU MUANYAGIPARI ZARTKORUEN MUKODORESZVENYTARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 77 715
Address
Terstyanszky Utca 89
2083 Solymar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Szanyi (Mr.)
SELLOPACK SAS
Colombia
EU contribution
€ 83 154
Address
Parque Industrial San Carlos I Km 1 5
Funza
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Esteban Acuña (Mr.)
LA GRANA SCP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 94 332
Address
Carretera De Manresa A Abrera Km 21
08295 Sant Vicenc De Castellet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergi Mendoza (Mr.)
TSATSOS GEORGIOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 102 662
Address
Ioannou Metaxa 56
19400 Koropi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georgios Tsatsos (Dr.)
INCERPLAST SA

Participation ended

Romania
Address
23, Ziduri Mosi Str.
021203 Bucharest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Rapa (Dr.)