In the multi-year project ZCORE (From Seaweed to COating REsin Applications), Shared Research Centre Biorizon and project partners are investigating how seaweed residues can be used to produce bio-coatings with superior properties to their fossil counterparts. This makes a positive contribution to greenhouse gas reduction, strengthens the chemical industry and the open innovation network in the south of the Netherlands.
The ZCORE project is working specifically on 100% bio-based alkyd resins (paints). Until now, a maximum biobased content of 50-60% was achieved, as bio-aromatics were not available on a large enough scale. ZCORE will change this, leading not only to a doubling of sustainability, but also to potential cost reductions. Moreover, the bio-aromatics have improved properties, including superior wear resistance, gloss and UV resistance.
The SME partners Relement and Engineering Chemicals, together with five leading coating producers, form an important link to practice with their knowledge of seaweed production and applications of bio-aromatics in industrially relevant applications. The knowledge institutes TNO, Avans and Maastricht University have leading knowledge and technology in the field of biorefining, bio-aromatics production, coating resins and sustainability analyses. The Green Chemistry Campus is base and also involved in dissemination and interaction with SMEs.
The ZCORE project is made possible by the European Regional Development Fund and the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Zeeland and Limburg under OPZuid.
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