National Research Projects

With each new project, we are closer to a biofuture.

RAIZ’s national research projects are developed in partnership, mainly, with research centers at Portuguese universities, with The Navigator Company and other national companies.

This teamwork and knowledge sharing have allowed consolidated progress in research and technological development, and have already led to patents registration.

 

Shellution

Development of ECO- Innovative products by the incorporation of biogenic calcium carbonate (Waste).

This project aims the incorporation of membraneless eggshell waste and its by-products in the coatings industry, mainly for the production of enhanced paints and paper industries. The primary goal is to replace the non-renewable calcium carbonate commonly used in these industries, by an alternative one driven from a biogenic origin, allowing also to accomplish reduced energy and production costs that are normally associated with mining extraction and calcium carbonate processing; and securing unmatchable technical assets like no other filler material coming from natural or synthetic process, increasing properties to final products.
Funding Programme

Duration

24 months (01.07.2018 - 30.06.2020)

Partners

Omya-Comital Minerais e Especialidades SA, The Navigator Company, Derovo - Derivados de Ovos, SA, IPN-Instituto Pedro Nunes, RAIZ.

iPlant

Innovation in the identification and production of improved eucalyptus plants to face current challenges.

The goals are, first, to provide new eucalypt genetic materials which will be productive, diverse, tolerant to adverse climatic factors and with adequate wood properties - selection will be based on existing clonal material from independent breeding programs carried out by the two main Portuguese pulp and paper companies; and secondly, to develop an innovative system to produce eucalypt clones at the operational level that will improve the productivity of mother plants, rooting ability of cuttings and the quality of nursery.
Funding Programme

Duration

36 months (01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021)

Partners

Navigator Forest Portugal, Navigator Paper Figueira, Viveiros do Furadouro (Altri group), RAIZ.

Proteus

Products and technologies for the Eucalyptus globulus sector

The goals are the development of new cementitious products based on inorganic residues, new applications for biological sludges and the development of cutting edge technologies for elimination of organochloride compounds in bleaching effluents. The expected outcome is the development, at laboratory scale, of geo-polymers, ecological cements, clinkers and biochar with commercial potential. The demonstration of a pilot technology for treatment of mill effluent is also a foreseen outcome of this project.
Funding Programme

Duration

36 months (1.10.2016 - 30.09.2019).

Partners

The Navigator Company, RAIZ, University of Aveiro, Ventilaqua, Saint Gobain Weber and Secil.

Celsmartsense

Cellulose-based electronic platforms for biodetection

The demonstration of flexible electronic platforms on cellulosic matrices for pH detection by colorimetric and electrochemical methods. It also addresses the technical and the economic assessments of the biosensor platforms produced and the validation of the new products in real applications, particularly in the agri-food sector.
Funding Programme

Duration

21 months (1.10.2016 - 30.06.2018).

Partners

Navigator Paper Figueira, RAIZ and CENIMAT/i3N (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).

Inpactus

Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus

The Project InPaCTus will support the creation of a University-Industry Centre of Excellence for meeting today challenges in the business areas of Pulp, Paper and Tissue and in the emerging segments of Bio-refineries and Bioproducts. Novel pulp products, UWF papers with enhanced properties and for new applications, optimized tissue paper manufacture processes and improved tissue products, and forest biomass derived biofuels, chemicals and cellulosic materials, are the main drives of this project.
Funding Programme

Duration

48 months (01.02.2018 - 31.01.2022).

Partners

Navigator Paper Figueira, Navigator Pulp Cacia, RAIZ, University of Coimbra and University of Aveiro.

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GANHA

Sustainable Management of Acacia spp: Natural Control and other methodologies for the recovery of habitats in classified areas

The goal is to control invasive plants in protected areas identified by the consortium, including on a company property in Sines region. One of the activities is the biological control of acacia longifolia, acacia dealbata and acacia melanoxylon with natural enemies.
Funding Programme

Duration

36 months (01.03.2017 - 28.02.2020).

Partners

University of Coimbra, RAIZ, Town Halls of Vagos and Figueiró dos Vinhos.

E-GLOBULUS

Online platform for knowledge transfer from RAIZ to the forest management of eucalyptus stands

Communication project and knowledge transfer of research from RAIZ – Forest and Paper Research Institute through the free provision of an online platform to assist the planning of forestry operations aiming at sustainable forest management case by case.
Funding Programme

Duration

24 months (01.11.2017 - 31.10.2019).

Partners

RAIZ - Forest and Paper Research Institute.

Valorcel

Development of polymeric systems reinforced with cellulose fibers, valuing the application in eco-sustainable products

Development of a polypropylene composite reinforced with cellulose fiber. The developed composite can be used in the production of products through the plastic injection process. The results obtained will enable the creation of a new business area for the company: Bio Composites;

Partners

The Navigator Company, RAIZ and Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros (PIEP).

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MPaper

Models of simulation of the behavior of the paper sheet structure when subjected to variations of humidity and temperature adopting the multi-scale methodology

A tool that simulates the behavior of the paper structure and has contributed to obtain an improved sheet of paper, differentiated and therefore a product of superior quality.

Partners

The Navigator Company, RAIZ, Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros (PIEP) and University of Minho.

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