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Improved Novel Eco-Friendly Bleaching System for Cotton Using Enzyme and Ultrasound Processes

Objective

Cotton textiles --the main natural-fibre textile used worldwide-- undergo a toxic and costly bleaching process that weighs heavily on the quality, cost and environmental impact of textile manufacture. CottonBleach proposes the development of an improved cotton bleaching technology, more respectful with the textiles and the environment, to improve the competitive edge of European textile SMEs. Current bleaching methods use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and sodium hypochlorite (NaClO, aka bleach), resulting in fabric damage, formation of toxic by-products and large amounts of water and energy to remove these chemicals. The proposed CottonBleach technology offers a non-toxic Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) bleaching technology using a combination of sequential enzymatic techniques enhanced through the use of ultrasound technology. This innovative technology will maintain the natural strength of the cotton fibre, providing significantly improved bleaching effectiveness with minimal fibre damage. The scientific objective of CottonBleach is to further investigate the use of ultrasound-enhanced enzymatic bleaching on an industrial scale of development, as manifested by recently published economic analysis which consider the use of enzymes as “cost effective for textile mills to adopt”. This proposal also fulfils the objectives of FP7 collective research in that it will expand the knowledge base of large communities of SMEs and develop innovative technology that has potential applications in the broader bleaching industry.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 150 849,60
Administrative Contact
Michaela Preßnig (Ms.)

Participants (9)

ASOCIACION INDUSTRIAL TEXTIL DE PROCESO ALGODONERO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 347 272,21
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 670
08010 Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Josep Maria Botet (Mr.)
ASOCIACE TEXTILNIHO-ODEVNIHO KOZEDELNEHO PRUMYSLU
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 349 159,30
Address
Tesnov 5
110 00 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ludmila Halkovova (Ms.)
ASSOCIACAO TEXTIL E VESTUARIO DE PORTUGAL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 285 417,49
Address
R. Fernando Mesquita 2785
4760-034 V. N. Famalicão
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Paulo Vaz (Mr.)
ACATEL - ACABAMENTOS TEXTEIS S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 275 181,71
Address
Lugar Do Monte Gilmonde
4754 909 Barcelos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Pimenta (Ms.)
BRAZZOLI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 301 979,65
Address
Via Alla Chiesa 41
20030 Senago
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margherita Pelizzoni
UTC Umweltlabor GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 297 208,85
Address
Gewerbepark 186
8212 Pischelsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maier Juergen (Dr.)
FISA IBERICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 300 534,95
Address
Dels Fargaires 2B
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles- Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joan Bosch Graels (Mr.)
ASSOCIACAO UNIVERSIDADE EMPRESA PARA DESENVOLVIMENTO TECMINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 22 257,60
Address
Campus De Azurem Universidade Do Minho
4800 058 Guimaraes
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Augusto Ferreira (Mr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 39 739,04
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivan Rica (Mr.)