NENU2PHAR

For a sustainable and European value chain of PHA-based materials for high-volume consumer products

 

NENU2PHAR is a BBI-JU project addressing challenges relating to littering and the end-of-life options for plastic waste – particularly packaging waste  NENU2PHAR partners will develop, all-together, an original route to produce PHAs (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) from sustainable and renewable resources: micro-algae biomass using CO2 as carbon source and processed by selected bacterial strains. PHAs are a group of biopolymers recognized as attractive substitutes to fossil fuel-derived plastics in a wide range of applications.

Coordinator: CEA (France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission)
Funding: € 4 980 000 (H2020 – BBI-JU)
Total Budget: € 6 400 000
Period: 2020 – 2024

Objectives:

Develop a competitive and sustainable bio-source for PHAs production

Formulate and functionalise polymers to ensure it meets the needs of plastic product manufacturers

Identify the processes required to ensure that PHA-based materials achieve functional properties equal to, or better than, those of their fossil-fuel counterparts

Develop a range of prototypes of eco-designed PHA-biobased products

Demonstrate the suitability of the planned NENU2PHAR value chain for the circular economy

Increase stakeholder and consumer awareness of new bioplastic products, to accelerate social acceptance and understanding their end-of-life.

Expected impacts:

Create a completely new bio-based value chain, covering PHA-based bioplastic products from a sustainable bio-source to plastic compounds with a sustainable end of life.

Validate at least four new market sectors from the source material; use in biopolymers (PHA, starch), master batch compounds as well as several bioplastic products.

Reduce the environmental impacts of bio-based plastics

 

NENU2PHAR brings together 16 European partners:

1 cluster: IAR, the French Bioeconomy Cluster

4 large/medium industries: DANONE, KAJ PLASTICS, SOFRADIM PRODUCTION, IFG EXELTO

4 RTOs: CEA (France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), Innovation Plasturgie Composites, ITENE, CENTEXBEL

6 SMEs: ELIXANCE, CELABOR, BIO-MI Ltd, BIOTREND, LOMARTOV S.L. Applied Innovation Engineering, ZERO EMISSIONS ENGINEERING B.V.

1 academic institution: Université de Bretagne Sud – Institut de recherche Dupuy de Lôme

                                                             

IAR oversees dissemination and communication actions of this project alongside participation in market studies.

 

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) under grant agreement No 887474.

The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium »

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