OliPha Newsletter

OliPha Newsletter

1st project newsletter discloses significant progresses in developing the OliPHA synthesis

Plastics from OMWW

Plastics from OMWW

The launch of a new research project investigating the production of bio-plastics from olive mill waste waters promises an environmentally friendly use for the 30 billion litres of waste water generated around the world each year.

“MaxiUse”: a holistic environmental approach

“MaxiUse”: a holistic environmental approach

The OLI-PHA project will result in improved practices in the olive oil, plastic and packaging industries as well as their end users such as food and cosmetic manufacturers. The project is based on “MaxiUse”: a holistic integrated environmental approach to increase the sustainability of materials and processes throughout their life cycle.

Sustainable solutions

Sustainable solutions

The use of more sustainable materials in packaging is a key demand from the consumers while also a need for the producer in order to comply with waste reduction legislations. However, various factors generally limit the uptake of biopolymers such as processing difficulties, incompatibility at the natural fillers-polymeric matrices interface, poor mechanical properties, etc

The Project

OLI-PHA is a 3 year R&D project funded by EC’s 7th Framework Programme under the Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP) programme within a Small or medium-scale focused research Scheme and a Specific cooperation actions (SICA) with America.

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Background

Cyanobacteria are a group of oxygen-evolving photosynthetic bacteria with short generation time and have potential for PHA cultivation in wastewaters. In contrast, commercially available PHA is currently mainly obtained by microbial culture on renewable, but refined, feedstocks (i.e. glucose) under sterile conditions.

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The OLI-PHA Solution

The OLI-PHA project will build on promising preliminary results into the growth of photosynthetic microorganisms in wastewaters to produce PHAs. The yield and cost effectiveness will be optimized by engineering photobioreactors, genetically modifying the cyanobacteria and valorizing all components in the olive mill effluents.

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