Manufacturing of water-resistant starch containers

Manufacturing of water-resistant starch containers

Organisatie-onderdeel

TKI AF

Projectcode

AF17102c

MMIP

Landbouw, Water, Voedsel>A. Kringlooplandbouw>A3. Hergebruik organische zij- en reststromen

Startdatum

01/01/18

Einddatum

31/12/19

Samenvatting

There is a need in the market for new, sustainable manufacturing solutions for the packaging industry. Furthermore there is a need of increasing the value of rest streams in various applications. Starch rest streams are an interesting raw material source for packaging applications, however, current starch packaging concepts do not often have the right water resistant properties to be used in a wide range of applications.
The intended results of this project are:
I. Chemically modified thermoplastic hydrophobic starch
Main deliverable: Most effective chemical modification of pre-gelatinized
starch.
II. Process to obtain chemically modified thermoplastic hydrophobic
starch
Deliverable: Suitable manufacturing process for the most effective
modification and a prototype of a water resistant starch tray

Doel van het project

The aim of this project is to develop thermoplastic water-resistant containers from starch and a process to manufacture them. The desired final process consists of a combination of mechanical and / or chemical modification together with thermal plasticization in one step. The process will lead to thermoplastic starch that can be further or in situ processed into a tray. The resulting product should be water resistant, biodegradable or recyclable, made mainly of starch and suitable for food contact applications. These requirements make this project highly challenging but open the possibilities for innovation.

Relatie met missie (Motivatie)

Although the goal of a water resistant starch container was not achieved, possibly other starch based packaging could benefit from the results. This would improve the environmental impact by increasing the biodegradable content.

Geplande acties

The aim of this project is to develop thermoplastic water-resistant containers from starch and a process to manufacture them. The desired final process consists of a combination of mechanical and / or chemical modification together with thermal plasticization in one step. The process will lead to thermoplastic starch that can be further or in situ processed into a tray. The resulting product should be water resistant, biodegradable or recyclable, made mainly of starch and suitable for food contact applications. These requirements make this project highly challenging but open the possibilities for innovation.