NEWPACK: Development of new Competitive and Sustainable Bio-Based Plastics.
Duration: 36 months, June 2018 – May 2021
Partners: UOULU, UCSC, CTIC-CITA, BBEPP, TECNALIA, PROPLAST, TECNOPACKAGING, LTU, QUANTIS, TTC, GRUPO RIBEREBRO, ARGAL and EXERGY.
Target: NEWPACK is an EU-funded project that will validate in industrial setting the production of at least two new bio-plastics based on PHB- PLA blends with improved sustainability performance and advanced functionalities.
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 natural nanoadditives (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.
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 preindustrial 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.