Melt compounding of agri-food wastes biomass
Global needs of researching and developing bioplastics from agri-wastes.
This technology produces bioplastics and biodegradable plastics to valorise agricultural wastes.
The proposed solution is a series of physical process, starting with drying and grinding the agricultural wastes. Then adding them to an extruder with thermoplastic polymers (it can be a biodegradable thermoplastic polymers). Then, inside the compounding line, where the input is mixed, temperature increases, and the heated mixture comes out of the machine as a combined biopolymer or bioplastic.
Market deployment considerations
This technology is modulable, the main machine is an extruder, that melts and binds different compounds. It favours to use local agri-wastes and use them for bioplastics making. To reach the amount of biomass needed to be feed to the machine (extruder).
Biopolymers can be composted if they are bio-compostable, although their market price is higher than the non-compostable ones.
agri-residues corn cobs rice husk waste fibres
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