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Melodea Bio-Based Nano-Technology Awarded Three European Research Grants

11 November 2013

Melodea has been granted over 1,000,000 euros in three European research grants for three projects as part of the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7).

Melodea says its technology is based on Nano Crystalline Cellulose (NCC), a primary building block of all living plants that was discovered years ago and was shown to be a most promising raw material for the development of high quality, which is an economically attractive bio-based alternative to fossil oil polymers.

The company is developing an economically viable industrial process for the extraction of NCC from the sludge of the paper industry, a waste stream produced at millions of tons around the world. The core of the novel technology was developed by the lab of Professor Oded Shoseyov from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was licensed exclusively to Melodea.

Moreover, the company develops unique technologies to self-assemble the NCC into ecologically friendly foams for industrial applications.

The first project, BRIMEE, aims to develop insulating boards to attach to the exterior and interior of old buildings walls to improve insulation and reduce energy consumption.

The second project, NCC-Foam, which is coordinated by NetComposites, aims to develop commercially-viable, lightweight, rigid foam core materials for sandwich structures for the composite industry.

Common foams for composites are mostly manufactured from a variety of synthetic fossil-oil based polymers that have negative environmental effects compared to NCC based foam which is fully renewable produced from waste stream of the pulp and paper industry.  

The third project, FLHEA, has the objective to develop renewable and recyclable food packaging materials based on natural fibres such as flax and hemp. In FLHEA Melodea will produce flax based NCC that will be used as a strengthening agent for the novel bio-based packaging materials.

"It is an outstanding achievement for Melodea to be awarded three European research grants with exciting European partners. These grants prove the EU commitment to support the development of Nano cellulose applications," said Melodea's CEO Mr. Yoram Shkedi, "It will also allow Melodea to develop and to commercialize NCC based applications for huge industries such as the construction, composites and food packaging industries."





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