The initial CAFIPLA market analysis demonstrates: Bio-based products from mixed biowaste are profitable.

The market assessment included the consideration of the CAFIPLA processes and four potential future products. CAFIPLA target products include polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), which can be used as biobased and biodegradable plastics or bio composites. Medium chain carboxylic acids (MCCA) in the form of MCCA bio-oil can be used as antimicrobial feed additives. Further, microbial proteins considered in CAFIPLA offer good possibilities as slow-release fertilizers or food and feed additives. Reinforced natural fibres have high environmental benefits and are relevant for the insulation and construction market segments.

“The market analysis demonstrated that all products have high market potential and address market segments with already high market volumes. To achieve market entry, the next step is to consider individual obstacles and overcome them during the project.”

Based on the application areas, potential markets were defined, their production volumes and annual sales were compiled, and the currently largest manufacturers were identified. In addition, the technical-economic, environmental, and legal framework conditions were examined and evaluated for opportunities and challenges for the products. The initial market assessment is available as a public deliverable D1.1. (The deliverable is still under the approval of the project officer.)

Source: IDELUX