HNEI’s Associate Researcher, Jian Yu, PhD, has developed a process for producing environmentally friendly bioplastic (PHA polymer) from organic residues of food processing and biofuel production. This patented process has been licensed to Bio-on (an Italian company). Now, the world’s first product made with this biopolymer has been presented onto the commercial market. This product is the Miss Sissi lamp designed by Philippe Stark for the Italian company, Flos, and now presented by Bio-on in an innovative, completely biodegradable material to replace polycarbonate.
Bio-on has chosen to work with Techint Engineering & Construction to build plants for production of the PHA bioplastic using waste materials from sugar beet and cane processing. The first plant will produce 10 thousand tons per year of this bioplastic.