EcoLASTANE is a three-year Research for Associations FP7 project with the overall objective of producing bio-based textile fibres from furan monomers extracted from lignocellulosic biomass. There are two main technical areas in EcoLASTANE:
- Production of bio-based furan chemicals from 2nd generation lignocellulosic biomass
- Synthesis of bio-based synthetic textile fibers from furan monomers
BIO-BASED FURAN CHEMICALS: integrated in the concept of a biorefinery, the technology of EcoLASTANE will unlock the production of furfural and HMF chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass (non-edible crop, food and forestry residues). The process residues will be valorized as thermal heat recycled into the process. Using biomass supplied by CZ Biom (Czech Republic Biomass Association), the research centres Técnicas Reunidas (Spain) and CERTH (Greece) will develop and optimize the EcoLASTANE technology inspired in Nutrafur’s furfural production process (Spain) for AMIQ associates.
BIO-BASED SYNTHETIC TEXTILE FIBERS: using furfural and HMF as furan monomers, the research centre Inspiralia will develop bio-based synthetic polymers for the production of textile fibers (polyester and elastane). The products manufactured by Techtera associates (Rhône-Alps cluster of technical textiles), Meyer-Sansboeuf and Raidlight (France) will be the reference for EcoLASTANE demo products: a 100% bio-based polyester running t-shirt for RAIDLIGHT, and an elastic bio-based rope for food-contact used by Meyer-Sansboeuf.
The project is divided into 7 Work Packages (WP) to cope with research activities, development of DEMO technology, exploitation and dissemination of results, and project management.
EcoLASTANE has a total of 17 Scientific & Technological objectives quantifiable at 10 Milestones: