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Unlocking a feather bioeconomy for keratin-based agricultural products

Objective

Only in Europe 3,6 million tonnes of feathers are generated per year as waste of the poultry sector. Around 25% is used for animal feed or fertilisers while the rest is disposed in landfills or incinerated. Feathers contain nearly 90% of keratin, a valuable protein which can source for biodegradable materials, such as bioplastics for agriculture. However, to unlock the full potential of feathers as raw material for functional molecules, there are many technical, logistic and market hurdles to solve in the supply chain for the takeoff of profitable value chains and for the easy market uptake of keratin-based products. UNLOCK will design and demonstrate economically & environmentally sustainable value chains led by the primary sector, which will generate innovative bio-based functional products for agricultural applications: forest/seed trays, nonwoven geotextiles, mulch films and hydroponic foams. Keratin-based materials will outperform their fossil-based counter parts by providing additional functionalities during the product life span and environmental benefits at the end-of-life (controlled biodegradability, enrichment of organic nitrogen to soil and zero waste generation). UNLOCK will create 4 new bio-based value chains, 4 new agricultural consumer goods and at least 3 cross sector interconnections among the primary sector (poultry sector), the bioplastics industry and the agricultural sector, opening up new innovation-led market and job opportunities in the EU bioeconomy. UNLOCK conversion technologies will evolve from TRL5 to 7, demonstrating the full potential of keratin for circular bio-based plastics, through a multidisciplinary consortium of 15 partners (8 SMEs), supported by a strong stakeholder board. UNLOCK will enable the setup of 2 first-of-its-kind commercial biorefineries after the end of the project. The co-creation and replication will be reinforced through a specific regional cluster approach to multiply the impacts during and after the project.

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2020
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Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 553 350

Participants (14)

CEDROB SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 395 798
Address
Ujazdowek 2A
06 400 Ciechanow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GENERAL HYDROPONICS EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 139 211
Address
4 Boulevard Du Biopole Zone Industrielle Du Biopol
32500 Fleurance
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOEXTRAX AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 244 440
Address
Solvegatan 43
223 70 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIO-MI DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA PROIZVODNJU, ISTRAZIVANJEI RAZVOJ
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 475 650
Address
Put Brdo 15
51211 Matulji
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS PARA EL DESARROLLO DE PACKAGING Y PRODUCTOS AGROALIMENTARIOS CON COMPONENTE PLASTICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 338 851
Address
Poligono Industrial Empresarium C/ Romero 12
50720 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FARRELLY AND MITCHELL BUSINESS CONSULTANTS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 956 032
Address
Unit 5A/5b Fingal Bay Business Park Balbriggan
K32 EH70 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 285 008
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INKOA SISTEMAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 298 347
Address
Av Ribera De Axpe 11 Edificio D 1 Oficina 208
48950 Erandio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT BIOPOLIMEROW I WLOKIEN CHEMICZNYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 251 281
Address
Ul Marii Sklodowskiej-curie 19 27
90570 Lodz
Activity type
Other
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 281 711
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
RISE PROCESSUM AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 266 379
Address
Horneborgsvagen 12
891 22 Ornskoldsvik
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACJA UNIMOS
Poland
EU contribution
€ 160 878
Address
Ul. Grzybowska 87
00 844 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
GREENOVATE ! EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 350 738
Address
Rue D Arlon 63-65
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
ASSOCIACIO COMARCAL URGELL D'AJUDA AL MINUSVALID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 110 880
Address
Calle Ferrer I Busquets 2
25230 Mollerussa
Activity type
Other