ECOBIOFOR Workpackages

The work foreseen has been divided into 11 Work-packages (WPs). Eight of them are devoted to the technical tasks (WP2-9); one is devoted to the project management task (WP1); other to the demonstration activities (WP10) and the last to diffusion and exploitation tasks (WP11).

2 Reporting periods has been defined as follows:

Project duration

2 Reporting periods (RP1 & RP2)

RP1 end date

RP2 end date

27 Months

M 12

M 27

The final results will develop new ecological bio-based solvents to be used as main solvents into coatings formulations or as reactive solvents (Strategy 1) and to analyse other green alternatives (from Solvsafe EU project) as auxiliary diluents or cleaners in specific formulations (Strategy 2).




Technical Strategy:

The overall scope of the project includes an iterative cycle which pretends to introduce bio-based solvents in the coatings’ formulations maintaining aesthetical and performance properties. It has defined the most useful solvents in coatings, so, firstly, the selection of renewable feedstocks (green building-blocks) will be done (WP2 "Selection of objective green molecules and Solvsafe green alternatives for coatings"). Along WP2, and the selection of most interesting solvents for coatings from previous Solvsafe project will be also done. These solvents could be available as auxiliary diluents or cleaners in the coatings industry.

The synthesis and production of solvents will be carried out by the chemical greenest available processes (WP3 "Chemical synthesis of bio-based solvents from building blocks as main traditional solvents in coatings") and by biotech process of a reactive solvent WP4 "Biotech Synthesis of FAGE reactive solvent". Along the WP5 "Physical and Chemical characterisation of the new developed biosolvents" task the physical-chemical parameters will be studied and compared with the traditional systems. Different parameters will be analysed according the type of coatings (solvent or water-based systems).

The task WP6 "Validation of bio-based solvents in paint and varnishes formulations" is devoted to the validation of bio-solvents in a wide range of coatings formulations. These products will be the base for evaluations in ulterior tests and the best performing will be selected. This WP is interactive with other work packages giving information to redirect initial tasks and giving physical samples to be tested and evaluated. Continuous redesign will obtain tailored made formulations for the intended specific final end uses.

The WP8 "Economic feasibility of bio-based solvents" will estimate the cost of new solvents and comparing it with the traditional ones. Finally their industrial validation and demonstration will be carried out (WP10 "Demonstration activities").

In the WP7 "Revalorisation of co-products (non-purified reaction mixtures)" the revalorisation of co-products of the crude reaction mixtures obtained from WP3 will be tackled, and the WP9 "Life cycle analysis (LCA) of bio-based solvents" offers the Life Cycle Engineering approach to determine the impact of the use of the bio-sourced solvents taking into account different economic and environmental indicators (e.g. energy, emissions, wastes etc.) during the life cycle of the formulations developed, from design to post-use. This will represent a tool to guarantee the sustainability of the industrial application of the processing and materials developed, in comparison with other traditional systems.

Management, Exploitation, dissemination and training strategy:

The WP1 "Coordination and Management" makes possible the adequate co-ordinating organisation of the project in order to reach the technical objectives from the beginning. The Consortium will protect the IPR developed in the project and develop detailed exploitation and investment plans for the SME-AGs and “Other Enterprises and end-user” (SMEs) involved based on the exploitable project results (WP11 "Exploitation, Dissemination and Training").

Furthermore, the project dissemination will be also continuous during the whole the project (WP11), and during the last semester of the project a training programme will be defined and implemented among all the partners in the use of the new bio-solvents.

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  ECOBIOFOR has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement nº [605215].