Projects Isolago

PotatoPlastic

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PotatoPlastic 

Isolago - Indústria de Plásticos S.A., together with the University of Aveiro, intends to develop a biodegradable bioplastic compound using as raw material by-products not reused from the potato processing industries, such as washing waters, small potato fragments removed from cutting machines, peels, etc. The consortium chose as its main objective the improvement of bioplastic’s mechanical and physical and chemical properties. The incorporation of inorganic materials in the formulation, as well as the esterification of starch will also be studied.


The project is based on three fundamental steps: 

1. Extraction, identification and quantification of by-products; 

2. Production, characterization and operation of bioplastic compounds; 

3. Bioplastic compounds production scale-up.

Objectives

1.

Production of a biodegradable bioplastic based on potato by-products



2.

Ensure bioplastics hydrophobicity



3.

Incorporation of inorganic materials in bioplastic



Activities

1.

Extraction and identification of constituents of potato by-products on a laboratory scale 



2.

Production and characterization of bioplastics based on potato by-products


3.

Development of bioplastic compound formulations



4.

Construction of prototypes


5.

Promotion and dissemination of results




Technical Data Sheet

Project name

PotatoPlastic – Production of a biodegradable bioplastic compound based on potato by-products

Project code

17938

Main Purpose

Reinforce research, technological development and innovation

Beneficiary Entities

Isolago - Indústria de Plásticos, S.A., University of Aveiro

Approval date

24/08/2016

Start date

01/11/2016

End date

31/10/2019

Total eligible cost

EUR 1 690 739.84

European Union financial support | FEDER

EUR 1 010 726.30

Beneficiary Entities

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