HICCUPS: Highly-Innovative technology demonstration for bio-based CO2 Capture and Utilization for production of bulk Plastic applicationS

General information

The HICCUPS project offers an efficient solution to convert biogenic CO2 emissions from WWTPs into bio-based plastics for packaging. This involves innovative technologies for capturing CO2, its conversion to monomers, and polymerization to produce PLGA, a fully biodegradable polymer with excellent water and gas barrier properties. These PLGA plastics, made entirely from renewable feedstock, show promise as replacements for fossil-based polyethylene. To showcase their potential, packaging materials like paper cups, takeout boxes, and sealed plastic trays for perishable food will be produced from PLGA film-coated paper and molded plastic. The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through CO2 utilization and the replacement of fossil feedstock, alongside industrial electrification. It will demonstrate the complete value chain from biogenic CO2 to polymer end-use, including downstream processing and end-of-life studies to ensure recyclability and biodegradability. Digital modelling, life-cycle assessments, and business case analyses are initiated early on to guide technology development. HICCUPS also seeks to raise awareness among policymakers and civil society and create new jobs in innovative fields. By targeting the essential industry of wastewater treatment, HICCUPS aims to make a significant societal impact and contribute to climate change mitigation, with plans for scaling up to commercial production on a flagship scale. 


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