Welcome to paperChain
Innovative new circular business models
Most of the current waste streams generated by the Pulp & Paper industry (PPI) are currently disposed to landfills or burnt for energy production. Inorganic wastes are basically used as cement raw material and to a lesser extent as soil amendment in forestry applications. These solutions have a low added value and are dependent on the existence of cement kilns and acid soils in the vicinity of the mills, reducing their potential valorisation. Although there is extensive academic research on the waste valorisation to enhance the utilization of paper mill waste streams, there is still a lack of alternatives proved at real scale under operational conditions.
Paperchain is a demonstrative project that proposes innovative applications for different underused PPI waste streams, proving their technical, economic and environmental feasibility in five circular business models through real scale pilots.The project aims at unlocking the situation that hinders the proposed solutions to reach the market, including not only technical issues, but legal, social and economic factors.
To overcome these barriers, the project has involved the whole value chain and provides transparency of their outcomes, being public awareness a priority.
paperChain at a glance
The overall objective of PAPERCHAIN is to deploy five novel circular economy models centred in the valorisation of the waste streams generated by the Pulp and Paper Industry (PPI) as secondary raw material for a number of resource intensive sectors: construction sector, mining sector and chemical industry.
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Industrial prefabricated concrete pavilion and a road pavement in Aveiro are the two pioneering demonstration cases of using waste in construction. Residues from the pulp and paper industry are tested as secondary raw materials, with a circularity and industrial...
Much to our regret and due to the coronavirus, the 6th General Assembly of the project has taken place on a virtual platform The progress of the project is very satisfactory and we will update the contents soon.
During the 29th, 30th and 31st of October, the two most important events in the Road sector in Spain were held jointly: the 30th Road Week (organised by the Spanish Road Association) and Innovacarretera 2019 (organised by the PTC - Road Technology Platform). This...
The 5th General Assembly of the paperChain project and an open workshop on industrial symbiosis were held in the Portuguese city of Aveiro on 13 and 14 November 2019. The follow-up meetings were completed with a visit to the locations where the two demonstrators...