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Bioplastics from Waste Streams in municipal wastewater (Brussels, Belgium). The biomass harvested from these piloting prototypes in turn are used to accumulate kilogram quantities of PHA, using a number of available volatile fatty acid feedstocks from within the project stakeholder group. The research and development is directed towards realizing maximization of PHA yield and the control of PHA quality while still serving needs in residuals management and environmental protection. A PHA recovery pilot plant has been commissioned by AnoxKaldnes in Sweden to purify the PHA from the mixed culture biomass for critical evaluation of recovered PHA and non-PHA products. Quality of the biopolymers produced and product-market combinations At the core BioTRIP aims to identify at least one viable business case that links both material flow from residuals to market, interconnected with the chain of stakeholder interests. Since there is a close relationship between PHA quality and its processing, critical characterization of the biopolymer quality is essential. The VFA-composition of the feedstock influences the type of PHA produced, and therefore this is an important aspect of the business case. Different residual streams from distinct industrial and/or municipal sources therefore are anticipated to flow to different application windows. Therefore, an interaction between the Cella technology, the residual carbon suppliers, and the required type and quality of biopolymer for processing and developing high-end market applications is an integral part of BioTRIP. The quality of the biopolymers produced in this way is being characterized by API. Assay of quality of the biopolymers produced should tell the scope for processing of PHAs into high-end market products. The potential for new product-market combinations are being explored. Biobased business development activities In order to realize a full-scale demonstration project for PHA production as a by-product from services in residuals management, business development activities are taking place alongside technical and economic questions of surrounding specific solutions of the process’s practical implementation. Sensitivity analyses of relevant CAPEX and OPEX estimates are to provide for feedback to identify challenges and opportunities falling within the stakeholder network and/or the modes of Cella technology application. BioTRIP is on the road and practical investigations have begun. Stay tuned for outcomes and perspectives to be reported in due course. Acknowledgement The BioTRIP project is made possible by the European Community, European Regional Development Fund, and the province of Groningen, Groningen Innovative Action-3. The authors acknowledge and are grateful for support to the goals of BioTRIP in the Cella prototyping activities from Aquiris (Belgium), VA Syd (Sweden) and Veolia Environment (France). Resources Energy Biopolymers Organic Waste Minerals Clean Water Biofuel 28 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/12] Vol. 7

Visions become reality. COMPOSITES EUROPE 9 -11.10.2012 | Messe Düsseldorf 7th European Trade Fair & Forum for Composites,Technology and Applications Organiser: Partners: CE_210x148+3_GB.indd 1 19.06.12 09:04 New ‘basics‘ book on bioplastics This new book, created and published by Polymedia Publisher, maker of bioplastics MAGAZINE is now available in English and German language. The book is intended to offer a rapid and uncomplicated introduction into the subject of bioplastics, and is aimed at all interested readers, in particular those who have not yet had the opportunity to dig deeply into the subject, such as students, those just joining this industry, and lay readers. It gives an introduction to plastics and bioplastics, explains which renewable resources can be used to produce bioplastics, what types of bioplastic exist, and which ones are already on the market. Further aspects, such as market development, the agricultural land required, and waste disposal, are also examined. An extensive index allows the reader to find specific aspects quickly, and is complemented by a comprehensive literature list and a guide to sources of additional information on the Internet. The author Michael Thielen is editor and publisher bioplastics MAGAZINE. He is a qualified machinery design engineer with a degree in plastics technology from the RWTH University in Aachen. He has written several books on the subject of blowmoulding technology and disseminated his knowledge of plastics in numerous presentations, seminars, guest lectures and teaching assignments. 110 pages full color, paperback ISBN 978-3-9814981-1-0: Bioplastics ISBN 978-3-9814981-0-3: Biokunststoffe Pre-order now for € 18.65 or US-$ 25.00 (+ VAT where applicable, plus shipping and handling, ask for details) order at, by phone +49 2161 6884463 or by e-mail

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