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Novel technology to boost the European Bioeconomy: reducing the production costs of PHA biopolymer and expanding its applications as 100% compostable food packaging bioplastic

Objective

Bioplastics like PHA are long-term sustainable alternatives because they can show equal performance to conventional petrochemical plastics, originate from renewable non-food resources and are 100% bio-degradable. Although PHA shows better performance than alternative bioplastics (PLA and starch), the market uptake of PHA biosplastics shows the following obstacles: 1) PHA is expensive (>4.5 €/kg), much higher than starch plastics and other bio-based polyesters. This is caused by three facts in the production process: High raw material costs; expensive PHA extraction to ensure high quality; small production volumes. The second obstacle is the 2) Small market share of European PHA (dominated by China and US) that limits the potential of a European Bioeconomy. EuroPHA will solve the need to establish a competitive PHA production capacity in Europe by: a) Reduction of PHA production costs: using low-value feedstock (agro-food waste/surplus streams) as starting material in three-phase biological synthesis of PHA by mixed microbial culture; b) Environmentally friendly & cost-effective PHA extraction step; c) Novel formulations of PHA for 100% complete and short-time biodegradability packaging bioplastics by current industrial technology: monolayer film and extrusion foam for food packaging. EuroPHA will provide these economic benefits for Europe by our project members: 40% reduction of final price (≈2.6€/kg), this will enable the increase of European PHA global market share from current 0.1% to 15% in five years post project (45 ktpa worth 135€ million) for food packaging applications. Price-competitiveness vs. starch-based (today 3.75 €/k) and PLA (2.5€/kg) making possible to penetrate a 20% in the starch-plastic market (22 kpta with revenues of 90€ million) and 15% in the PLA market (23 kpta worth 50€ million) in five years post project. Turnover of 50€ million from 20kpta production in five years post project for new applications.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

FEDERACION DE COOPERATIVAS AGRARIASDE MURCIA S COOP
Address
Calle Caballero 13
30002 Murcia
Spain
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 360 238,50
Administrative Contact
Pedro Sánchez (Mr.)

Participants (8)

SVENSK PLASTINDUSTRIFORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 292 309
Address
Po Box 22307
104 22 Stockholm
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Frantzeska Papadopoulou (Mrs)
POLYMERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 143 230,50
Address
180 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie Maison Des Entreprises
01115 Bellignat
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Thevenet (Mrs)
THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 296 220
Address
Rivington Street 6 Bath Place
EC2A 3JE London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Mardsen (Mr.)
IDRODEPURAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 040,55
Address
Via Comina 39
20038 Seregno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Benedetti (Mr.)
NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS PARA EL DESARROLLO DE PACKAGING Y PRODUCTOS AGROALIMENTARIOS CON COMPONENTE PLASTICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 245 943,55
Address
Poligono Industrial Empresarium C/ Romero 12
50720 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Berta Gonzalvo (Mrs)
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 6 392
Address
Avenida Da Republica Quinta Do Marques
2781-901 Oeiras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elsa Vieira (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 6 275
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Qun Ren (Mrs)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 253
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)