Renewable plastic materials of wheat gluten, scaling up and purification to meet industrial demands
|KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN - Institutionen för fiber och polymerteknologi
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 446 404
|November 2016 - June 2017
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
To have a wheat gluten plastic, interesting enough for raw material producers, processing companies and retailers/users to be able to replace partly oil-based plastics.
Expected results and effects
The project has led to the following results; With the initial survey potential products and processing techniques were identified. Based on the initial survey, a rerefence group was created. During a workshop with this group, the requirements on the gluten material from the industrial partners were identified.. A customer survey showed that people were willing to but foods in a gluten plastic and that they could pay 10-20 % more for a product if it is biobased. A limited study also showed that it is possible to injection mould gluten from pelletized material (important for scaling up).
Planned approach and implementation
The project was divided into the following subprojects: 1. survey on how to use gluten as plastic in the most sustainable way, 2. Targeting potential products and creating a refecence group, 3. Workshop to investigate industrial interest, 4 Customer equirements, 5. Customer survey on the use of gluten material, 6. Scaling up scenario and 7. Gluten properties