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Sustainable composite materials from valorization of avian feathers wastes

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Competitive project
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96.800,00 €
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Poultry industry produce worldwide around 80.000.000 ton per year of chicken meat. Consequently, chicken feather wastes are generated
representing between 7-10% of the meat production. Nowdays, the treatment of this waste is associated to high environmental and
economic impacts since chicken feathers are a truly waste that requires management and treatment (incineration, compost, etc.) which
have a high cost compared with the near zero value of the feathers. For this reason, the proposal of commercial alternatives to valorizate
this waste is important with the consequent environmental (more efficient use of natural resources by reusing waste) and economic (value
added to a product that is needed would reduce the price of processed chicken meat) benefits that these solutions could provide.
This project proposes different routes for reusing chicken feathers wastes with the aim of obtaining materials with industrial application and
involving enviromental benefits. The proposed solutions include the manufacture and characterization of three types of materials using or
incorporating chicken feather waste in the process formulations: thermoplastic composites for structural elements, flexible polyurethane
foams for furniture and non-wovens for the development of biosorbent and insulating barriers. It is expected that the technological
development of this materials promotes the sustainable use of these wastes taking into acount that chicken feathers are an ubiquitous
renewable waste material characterized by their abundance and low cost and low density and several reactive functional groups (carboxyl
and amino groups) that allow interaction with plentiful of chemicals.
Hence, the expected scientific and technical contributions of the project will stablish the methods to fabricate and develop these 3 types of
materials, including research of: i) fabrication of the thermoplastic composites, flexible polyurethane foams and non-woven barriers i) the
characterization of the properties of the aforementioned materials, iii) the environmental benefits of using this new type of biosorbents
barriers due to the improved resource efficiency combined with waste reduction, which all together implies the assesment of the
environmental impacts of the proposed solution, which will be addressed by using Life Cycle Assessment methodology (LCA).
LCA, chicken, composite materials, feathers, heavy metals, keratin, material compuesto, metales pesados, no tejido, non-woven, plumas, poliuretano, pollo, polyurethane, queratina, residuo, termoplástico, thermoplastic, waste
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Resoluton year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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