On 26 September 2014, the first meeting for a 27-month European research project, Ecobiofor was held in Santiago de Compostela.
Ecobiofor's objective is to develop bio-based solvents for use in paints, coating and inks that replicate the performance of existing oil-derived solvents at a competitive price.
The project's website notes that, in 2010, only 630,000 tonnes (12.6%) of the 5 million tonnes of solvents used in the EU were bio-based, but that this is set to grow steadily to 1.1 million tonnes by 2020. To address this demand Ecobiofor has been established to coordinate a series of small- and medium- sized enterprises, research organisations and the Spanish-headquartered technology consortium Tecnalia.
The project's objective is to develop 'new Ecopaint Bio-based Formulations [that] will include renewable versions of the traditional organic solvents - with a lower carbon footprint- bearing the same chemical structure and physical properties; and a brand new alternative of reactive solvent, [that does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs)].'
Several non-petroleum sources will be investigated to provide the bio-based building blocks for these new solvents. The formulations will also be done according to the principles of green chemistry. Upon completion, they will be made available for use in an array of paints, varnishes coatings, inks, adhesives - it is estimated that the final three account for 58% of global solvent use
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