ECOdesign and DPI recycle in a circular industrial supply chain (acronym EcoDPI)

Intervention carried out using the POR funding - Objective "Increase the business innovation activity" FERS fund 2014-2020 European regional development


Research and Innovation

ACTION 1.1.4

Support for collaborative R&D activities for the development of new sustainable technologies, new products and services

Purpose of the project

The general purpose of the project is the enhancement of waste from the use of personal protective equipment (henceforth PPE), including healthcare.
The goal is pursued by studying the key phases of a potential circular supply chain for the production of such devices (acquisition of raw material and pre-processes, production, use, end of life), focusing attention on the following specific objectives: (i) definition of a sustainable production model for the production and management of PPE that, in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, has clearly denounced its absence
(ii) integration of specific skills and production capacities which are now fragmented and dispersed throughout the territory

(iii) production of new knowledge (on topics of greater value such as: eco-design, regenerative materials, waste hierarchy) applied to different application areas and other production chains
(iv) application of the circular economy principles in an integrated territorial production chain, in accordance with the Circular Economy Action Plan promoted by the EU in order to accelerate the transition indicated by the European Green Deal.
Evidently, the study will clarify the criticalities and specific opportunities with respect to the state of the art of knowledge and industrial technologies that are really applicable, with the ultimate goal to indicating specific areas where an industrial investment is convenient in the short, medium and long term.

Phases and activities related to the development of the project

WP-RI-1: Raw materials and synthetic origin MPS for recyclable materials
Task: 1 Mapping of products on the market
Task: 2 Collection / disposal / recycling technologies
Task: 3 Recyclable materials
WP-RI-2: Biopolymers for recyclable materials
TASK 4: State of the art, knowledges and technologies available
Task 5: Laboratory and pilot scale production of PHA
Task 6: Characterization of the PHA produced
Task 7: Bio-materials for the conformations of filaments, bio-films or powders for 3D printing
WP-RI-3: Product modification
Task 8: Identification of products / processes for the functionalization of PPE
Task 9: Optimization of materials and functionalization of products
Task 10: Product ecodesign and prototyping
Task 11: Recyclability of the entire product (on product prototypes)
Task 12: Characterization of recycled materials
Task 13: PPE validation and testing

WP-SS-1: Pyrolysis techniques for the industrial valorization of PPE waste
Task 14: Basic data to identify PPE / materials
Task 15: Definition of applicable technology
Task 16: Construction, start-up, testing
Task 17: Test on DPI and other matrices
WP-SS-2: Integrated process / product solutions for sterilization
Task 18: Process / product integrated solutions for PPE sterilization using peroxide and / or UVC systems
Task 19: Detailed design-construction of prototype plants and verification / validation methodologies
Task 20: Optimization of process parameters, functional testing, post-treatment PPE analysis / characterization
Task 21: Executive design of full scale systems
WP-RI-4: Sustainability of production cycles
Task 22: Development of a predictive model
Task 23: Validation of the model
Task 24: Web application implementation
Task 25: LCA, LCC and SLCA studies

Regional Innovative Networks involved


Financing amount of the project

Contribution granted: euro 2.029.972,00
Expense granted: euro 2.999.460,00

Project period

Start: 09/09/2020
Conclusion: 30/12/2022

Regione del Veneto - POR FESR 2014-2020

Call for support R&D projects carried out by the Regional Innovative Networks and by the Industrial Districts