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Transforming urban and agricultural residues into high performance biomaterials for green construction

Objective

INNOBITE project will transform urban and agricultural residues into high performing resource efficient products for the construction sector. The project finds support in two innovative ideas: (1) adding value to the inorganic fraction of wheat straw and (2) obtaining cellulose nanofibres out of highly recycled paper. Once isolated via environmentally friendly processes, these two renewable compounds will be used as high-performance additives for the development of a new series of bio-composites The incorporation of those natural components will improve current solutions in two construction applications: panels for indoor structures (interior walls, ceiling, flooring…) and profiles (decking, fencing…) by, respectively, increasing the resistance-to-weight ratio and improving the surface hardness and water absorbency. Other commercial bio-plastics as well as the two major fractions of what straw, cellulose and lignin, will be also incorporated into such materials (cellulose after chemical modification and lignin after being polymerised into both thermosetting and thermoplastic resins), and the resulting products will be finally tested for biodegradability. In the same way as wood, which is at the same time biodegradable and exceptional building material, the use of plant-derived products will increase the biodegradability of the biomaterials without compromising their structural quality. The project will destine more than 10% of the total budget to maximize the effectiveness of the exploitation activities, which will include thorough analysis of the cost effectiveness and environmental credentials of the products/processes developed and of new possible business lines and new business models. Also, the validation of developed technologies under the Environmental Technology Verification programme is expected to have a big impact on the exploitation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/architecture engineering/sustainable architecture/sustainable building

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 628 912,50
Administrative Contact
álvaro Tejado (Dr.)

Participants (9)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kalle Nättinen (Dr.)
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 436 105,62
Address
Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kalle Nättinen (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 425 040
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margrit Conradin (Ms.)
COMPAGNIE INDUSTRIELLE DE LA MATIERE VEGETAL CIM V
France
EU contribution
€ 271 240
Address
11 Bis Rue Louis Philippe
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emmanuel Dutournier (Mr.)
ADVANCE COMPOSITE FIBERS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 306 800
Address
Calle Villamanin 29/4C
28011 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Danitza Castrillo Sánchez (Dr.)
EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 312 352
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Cruz (Mrs.)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 229 780
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hernan Pradas (Dr.)
TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 339 500
Address
Bustadt 40
74360 Ilsfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Pfitzer (Mr.)
ECOPULP FINLAND OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Suviojantie 9
45610 Koria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ari Henttonen (Mr.)