The European SUNPAP (Scaling Up Nanoparticles in
Modern Paper Making) project aims to demonstrate that it is possible
to manufacture high-quality functional paper and packaging products
on a pilot scale by using flexible, energy-efficient and
environmentally friendly processes. Nanocellulose is being
researched globally, primarily at the laboratory scale. With the
SUNPAP Project, the intention is to take research to the next level
– to pilot scale and all the way through to the end product.
The project will update the current processes of paper manufacture
and coating and identify new product opportunities through the use
of functional fibre-based materials instead of synthetic
petroleum-based materials. The benefits include independence from
oil prices, lighter products and the creation of new functionalities
and applications in the future. The new coating techniques will
allow material-efficient, thin layers to be spread across the paper
surface. The main targets are:
Development and up-scaling of novel processes
for the energy efficient production of nanomaterials, namely NFC,
in pilot scale.
Development and up-scaling of NFC modification
processes to address the challenges of papermaking and to
provide added-value active functionalities.
Building and demonstration of pilot lines to
alleviate take-up of nanotechnologies, both for the production
and the utilisation of NFC, to the modern papermaking processes.
Exploitation of innovative sustainable solutions
for the whole paper industry value chain by integrated
sustainability assessment approaches based on economical, social
and environmental impact assessments.
Risk assessments to guarantee the safe
introduction of nanotechnologies in the whole value chain of
traditional industrial paper production processes and final
paper based products.
The project aims to promote the competitiveness of
the forest industry and create new products and markets. This will
benefit paper manufacturers and the packaging industry, as well as
the consumers of fibre-based products.