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Full recyclable food package with enhanced gas barrier properties and new functionalities by the use of high performance coatings

Objective

RefuCoat project aims to develop hybrid bio-based high oxygen/water barrier and active coatings to be used in a monolayer bio-based food packages (films and trays) as alternative to current metallised and modified atmosphere (MAP) packages to avoid the use of non-renewable materials in multilayer structures that currently lead to complex
and expensive recycling steps.
Hybrid coating formulations will combine cost-efficiently produced polyglycolic acid (PGA) and modified silica oxide. Fully biodegradable packages for fresh food products will be obtained with middle chain modified PHAs. PGA and PHA based hybrid coatings with high gas barrier properties will be further improved with active substances for improved shelf-life. Furthermore, new packages based on bio-PET and bio-PE combined with hybrid and active
coatings will be developed. The generated products will be validated and compared to current metallised, non bio-based alternatives in industrial products, in performance, shelf-life and biodegradability. Safety and regulatory compliance, environmental and economic sustainability will be specifically addressed. RefuCoat consortium is formed by 12 synergistic partners, 7 of them BIC members, reunites all actors in the value chain, SME partners (MIPLAST and IRIS), industrial partners (UNILEVER, MANOR, DACSA and
BIOPOLIS), and RTO Partners (THUNEN, CIB, AIMPLAS, EUFIC, Fraunhofer and AINIA). The project maximizes exploitation within the Consortium, promoting a circular economy concept, but also considers dissemination and communication in order to maximize the value of the project outcomes. maximizesexploitation within the consortium, promoting a circular economy concept, but also considers dissemination andcommunication in order to maximize the value of the project outcomes. Refucoat main impacts are expected in the improved performance of food packages, reduction of landfilling waste, cost-and environmental effectiveness in processing by Life Cycle and Techno-Economic Assessment, improved preservation of food products, new markets and contribution to KPI of BBI-JI. RefuCoat aims at a significant contribution in more than 880 jobs.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 492 875,30

Participants (11)

BIOPOLIS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Calle Catedratico Agustin Escardino 9
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AINIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 280 727
Address
Calle Benjamin Franklin 5-11 Valencia Parc Tecnologic
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 344 926
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Germany
EU contribution
€ 312 494
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
MI-PLAST DOO ZA PROIZVODNJU, TRGOVINU I PRUZANJE USLUGA
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 156 825
Address
Milutina Baraca 54
51000 Rijeka
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 300 735
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 267 115
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CARTON BROS
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bracetown Business Park, Clonee, Co Meath
Clonee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MAICERIAS ESPANOLAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Carretera De Barcelona Km 5
46132 Almassera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 145 038
Address
Rue Des Deux Eglises 14
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
APERITIVOS Y EXTRUSIONADOS SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ctra Nacional 232 Km 104
31550 Ribaforada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)