This demonstration project, BiocopacPlus, will extend the developed bio-lacquering technology beyond the state of art via by down streaming a pilot plant and testing at semi-production scale the new lacquer. The “innovative” character of the project results from the application of a process for the extraction of the cutin and for the development of a bio-resin that has not been applied before or elsewhere and that offers potential environmental advantages compared to current best practice.
The level of innovation of the proposed actions can be evaluated from different perspectives:
- a) related to the technologies applied by the project (technological innovation);
- b) regarding the way technologies are implemented (innovation in processes);
- c) concerning the business and economic models developed by the project.
The achievement of the BiocopacPlus objectives can certainly have a positive impact on the whole agro-industrial supply chain, from farms to large retailers, through lacquer and packaging manufacturers all the way to consumers.