NUREL participates in the European research project BARBARA for the development of new biobased materials
NUREL participates in the European research project BARBARA (Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for building and automotive parts through processing additive manufacturing), which has a budget of 2.7 million euros contributed almost entirely by the EU and brings together 11 partners from Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. This is a 36-month research project framed within the Framework Program for Research and Innovation of the European Union Horizon 2020. Coordinated by the Spanish Technological Centre Aitiip, involves the manufacture of prototypes that will show the possibilities that these new materials have in two important sectors automotive and construction.
The aim of BARBARA is to develop new biobased materials with innovative functionalities thanks to the incorporation of additives based on biomass so that, by means of the use of the filament melting technology (FFF, Fused Filament Fabrication), the most extended for printing 3D, may lead to industrial application prototypes.
These new materials should be based on food waste (of vegetables and fruits such as carrots, almonds or pomegranates) and agricultural (corn) and have certain mechanical, thermal, aesthetic, optical and antimicrobial properties that make them suitable for industrial use in components for sectors of high levels of demand.
NUREL, will participate with its extensive experience and knowledge in the chemistry of polymers, to develop new compounds from raw materials obtained from food and agricultural waste.
This project has received funding from under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 745578.