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Development of an automated process to extract fibres from the waste of banana food production for exploitation as a sustainable reinforcement in injection- and rotomoulded products

Development of an automated process to extract fibres from the waste of banana food production for exploitation as a sustainable reinforcement in injection- and rotomoulded products

Objective

18% of the European consumption of bananas is produced in Canary Islands. Around 10 million banana plants are grown annually in Gran Canaria. The fibre obtained from the superposed layers of the pseudo-stem is called badana. In the past, the banana plant waste was used as a support element for tomato plants, and, for some decades, it was used in handicrafts such as basket-making and artificial flowers. The plant waste was used as fodder for cattle and goats, but factory farming has replaced it by pre-digested fodder. Today, however, these vegetable wastes are deposited in ravines where they become decomposition material. An estimated 25,000 tonnes per annum of natural fibre is found in this waste.

The BADANA project will develop a process to extract high-quality natural fibre from this waste and to exploit the fibres’ properties in polymer composites to be used in rotational- and injection-moulded products. This will be for the benefit of SMEs involved in the production of bananas and SMEs that supply OEMs and end-users with sustainable moulded composite products in the automotive, packaging, and consumer goods industries. This will provide the SMEs new market opportunities through satisfying the rapidly-growing demand of product manufacturers for ecoaesthetic (green) materials. The fibre production will be integrated in a food production cycle where a fish culture in dams provides water to banana cultivation. The fish will be fed with flour made from banana wastes. This provides a truly sustainable process of materials production that is complementary to existing food production practices and will not displace food production.

Coordinator

SMITHERS RAPRA AND SMITHERS PIRA LIMITED

Address

Shrewsbury Road
Sy4 4nr Shrewsbury

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 46 495

Administrative Contact

Julia Pickering (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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Grupo Regional de Cooperativas Plataneras del Archipielago Canario

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 139 659

CMB Colorex Master Batches B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 143 060

SIVEL Limited

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 134 320

PEVA Ipari, Kereskedelmi es Szolgaltato Kft

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 134 320

ROTOTEK LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 165 754

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

BSH ELECTRODOMESTICOS ESPANA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 3 526

GRUPO ANTOLIN-INGENIERIA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 3 275

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 232287

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2009

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 002 216

  • EU contribution

    € 770 409

Coordinated by:

SMITHERS RAPRA AND SMITHERS PIRA LIMITED

United Kingdom