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2015-10-29 Luxembourg: Bioplastics out of Organic Wastes


 Bioplastics out of Organic Wastes

Description of the project offered: 
The idea is to isolate starch from organic kitchen wastes to recreate bioplastics out of them.

Current bioplastics suffer from several disadvantages :
1. Production costs are still relatively high as compared to oil-based products. 
2. In people's mind, they suffer somehow from the fact that they use up available crop fields which could be rather dedicated to food production (being for human or animals).
3. Those fields use a lot of water, which has to be brought through irrigation in some dry areas.

Proposed idea allow to make new raw material by exploiting circular economy principals : a waste becomes a raw material to entering a new economic cycle.

Usually kitchen organic wastes are gathered and put into biomethanisation / composting units. As a result, they produce useful biogas (for heating, or electricity generation), and compost can be used for new plantations.

However these are still part of 'linear' economy (extract-transform-use-dispose).

Present proposal goes beyond this by re-producing a new product. In return, once used, this new product could again be reused into new bioplastics.

Project would include following sections :
1. State of the art review of current organic waste disposal process in at least 5 key European countries, including current and upcoming regulations.
2. Life cycle analysis / CO2 impact of current and proposed value chains
3. Chemical or biological extraction process of the starch from organic wastes
4. Chemical development planned process to transform the recovered starch into bioplastics 
5. Physical characterization of the new bioplastic in comparison to usual ones made from virgin corn starch or others.
5. Cost analysis of the various intermediate steps, including investments, and potential additional manning required to run the entire operations.
6. Commercial channels defined / utilised to market those new bioplastics.
Project proposer:   Olivier Louis (Luxembourg)
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Consultancy
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-NMBP-2016-2017

Description of the collaboration sought: 
Creating bioplastics out of organic waste is a challenge, counting on several expertise fields :
1. Conduct a survey on regulations and practices on organic waste disposals in at least 5 key European countries
2. Develop an efficient chemical or biotechnological process to isolate starch from organic wastes
3. Tune the bioplastic synthesis process to non-or less -pure starch as compared to current process based on virgin corn starch
3. Conduct a fife cycle analysis / CO2 impact of current and proposed value chains
4. Physical characterization of the new bioplastic in comparison to usual ones made from virgin corn starch or others
5. Develop specific commercial channels for those new bioplastics 
Expertise sought: Intellectual property rights, Business aspects, Scientific research, Innovation. Technology transfer, Legislation. Regulations, Policies, Economic aspects, Climate change and Carbon cycle research, Sustainable development, Waste management, Project management methodologies, Standards, Agricultural biotechnology, Biotechnology, Industrial biotech, Materials technology, 
Roles sought: Project coordinator, 
Organisation types sought: Consultancy, 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, 

Call for proposal specific information
The referenced call for proposals has no specific fields defined.