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Development of new Competitive and Sustainable Bio-Based Plastics

Development of new Competitive and Sustainable Bio-Based Plastics

Objective

The objective of NEWPACK is to validate in industrial setting the production of at least two new bio-plastics based on PHB- PLA blends with improved sustainability performance, obtained by the addition of natural extracts with antioxidant/antibacterial properties and nanoadditives from cellulose and chitin. A new circular economy value chain will be generated from agro-food wastes that will be exploited for the production of PHB, while designing and validating the process up to pilot scale. Blending of PLA and PHB will be validated at pilot scale to achieve specific final product requirements based on targeted products. New bioplastic properties and functionalities will be achieved through incorporation of nanocellulose or nanochitin additives (to improve typical problems of processability and mechanical properties of PLA-PHB), antioxidant and antimicrobial additives. The ability to extend the functionalities will be validated in real industrial environments. NEWPACK activities are underpinned by the prior experience and results (already validated at TRL 3-4) of the partners in order to achieve advanced TRLs (5-6) for the developed technologies, including PHB production from potato peels/sweet corn residues; co-blending of PHB with PLA; nanocellulose extraction from wheat straw and incorporation into PHB-PLA blends and encapsulation of natural antioxidants/antimicrobials for addition to PHB-PLA. Great emphasis will be on assessing technical and economic feasibility of the processes; demonstrating the biodegradability of solutions; ensuring the compliance to the market and regulatory requirements; LCA evaluation; preparing for future scale-up of the processes to achieve a pre-industrial production and identification of stakeholders perceptions, attitudes and expectations towards bioplastics. The NEWPACK consortium has 13 partners with academic research organizations and small and large industries which cover the whole innovation, production and final use value chain.

Coordinator

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Address

Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 679 469

Participants (12)

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UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 399 488

ASOCIACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION DESARROLLO E INNOVACION DEL SECTOR AGROALIMENTARIO - AIDISA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 261 010

BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 648 745

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 515 830

CONSORZIO PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA CULTURA PLASTICA PROPLAST

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 274 996

NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS PARA EL DESARROLLO DE PACKAGING Y PRODUCTOS AGROALIMENTARIOS CON COMPONENTE PLASTICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 339 168

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 287 206

QUANTIS

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 267 750

TRITECC SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 145 138

RIBEREBRO INTEGRAL SOCIEDAD ANONIMA

Spain

ARGAL ALIMENTACION SA

Spain

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 455 787

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 792261

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2018

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 028 925

  • EU contribution

    € 4 274 587

Coordinated by:

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland