R&D and Innovations

Novamont Joins Rehap

Rehap aims to strengthen the European bio-economy industry by creating novel materials from agricultural and forestry waste, and considering how they can be used commercially in the green building sector.

Objectives

  • Develop methods to convert natural wastes into sustainable polyurethanes. These can be used to develop insulation foams and adhesives, as well as fire retardant products.
  • Develop new high-performance bio-resins to produce eco-friendly wooden panels.
  • Produce eco-friendly sustainable cement with improved properties.
  • Design and assemble an environmentally sustainable and fire resistant construction solution.
  • Demonstrate the development of eco-friendly products and their sustainability and business potential compared to existing solutions.

Methodology – how it will deliver

Stage 1

  • Purification of platforms from wastes
  • Development of building blocks and resins
  • Development of fire retardants

Stage 2

  • Up-scaling of chemical and enzymatic processes
  • Development of lab-scale products

Stage 3

  • Manufacturing of materials and products at small scale plant

Stage 4

  • Manufacturing of materials and products at pilot scale

Stage 5 (post-project):

  • Replication and commercialisation

Meeting EC targets – Creating sustainable patterns of consumption and production

The new processes developed within the REHAP project will facilitate a significant step towards a better use of natural resources and thus will help to reach the three priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy:
  • Smart growth through the development of an economy based on knowledge and innovation
  • Sustainable growth promoting a resource-efficient, green and more competitive economy
  • Inclusive growth fostering a high-employment economy

Impacts

  • Decreased use of fossil resources and energy in the process industry
  • Creation of new jobs in the bio-based products sector
  • Improved innovation capacity and the integration of new knowledge at EU level
  • Improved industrial competitiveness

Partners

  • NOVAMONT
  • BBEPP
  • BIOSYNCAUCHO
  • CARTIF
  • COLLANTI Concorde
  • CTXI
  • CUSA
  • FORESA
  • Insight Publishers LTD
  • LAFARGE
  • RAMPF
  • RINA Consulting
  • TECNALIA
  • UNIA
  • VTT

Partners

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