It is inspired by age-old
It produces universally usable
biopolymer from waste cooking oil,
which degrades in nature at
the end of its life cycle.
New biotechnology was born
from the collaboration of Czech scientists.
Hydal technology as the first in the world on the
industrial scale uses toxic waste - used cooking oil to produce
biodegradable and biocompatible polymer PHA. Waste cooking oil is a surplus on the global scale. It is “consumed” by special bacteria that transform oil into biopolymer, which is used as a reservoir of energy for worse times (if bacteria do not need all biopolymer, it serves as feed for other microorganisms.) The bacteria we
use are part of the ecosystem for millions of years.
The final product of Hydal biotechnology is PHB biopolymer, which might be used as
bioplastics feedstock, and it is 100% biodegradable
The biopolymer might be utilised in various areas. One
option is to replace synthetic plastics or microplastics (e.g. in the cosmetics
industry) with biopolymer, which significantly contributes to the reduction of plastic pollution on the Earth.
Bioplastics manufactured by this technology are
significantly more affordable than other
bioplastics made from the first generation feedstock, such as corn, potatoes or
sugar cane (in addition, the manufacturing requires supplies of external
energy, which increases the final price).
In the case of Hydal technology, waste cooking oil can
also be used as an energy source
supporting the production energy independence.
The efficiency of the process is underlined by the three times higher calorific value of the oil compared to sugar.
Hydal technology is fully automated. Thus, it is not
dependent on the variable cost of human power.
RISING GLOBAL DEMAND
Biopolymers and bioplastics pose a rapidly developing segment.
Biopolymer PHB is, as mentioned above, fully
biodegradable in soil, water and seas. It is also biocompatible - it is part of
the human body.
Biopolymer is a
material of the future due to its
properties. It may serve as:
• a replacement
for microplastics for new products – e.g. 3D printing;
• a substitute
for synthetic plastics whether biodegradability is desired.
Hydal is a
technology for upcycling. New oil is
not recycled from the waste oil, but a completely different product is made - biopolymer.
COLLABORATION OF CZECH SCIENTISTS
The team of Professor Ivana Márová from the Technical
University in Brno stands behind the main idea of the new technology. At the
Technical University in Brno the first
patent was created and became the base for its further development. In
2012, NAFIGATE Corporation, a.s. purchased the license for the patent. The
company also implemented the phase of the
technology transition from the laboratory to the industrial scale. NAFIGATE
Corporation, a.s. also cooperates with the Institute of Microbiology of the
Academy of Sciences in Prague, the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague,
the Research Institute of Chemical Technology in Šala and other institutions.
HYDAL TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVING FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS
Within the period of development, comprehensive
know-how * and first two pilot production lines for the upstream and downstream
processes have been established. The two pilot production lines represent a
workplace where optimization and finalization of the production know-how, including manufacturing processes, occurs.
The key part of the technological and manufacturing
know-how was created in the processes of experimental
and applied research that NAFIGATE has been implementing since 2012. Since
2013, the pilot production line for the upstream process has been located in
the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences in Prague. The pilot
production line for the downstream process has been at the Research Institute
of Chemical Technology in Slovak Shale since 2015.
Hydal know-how Hydal includes:
production by microbiological fermentation of edible fats and oils,
of polymer isolation from microbial biomass with a purity of over 99%,
of polymer with additives for the plastic products production by conventional technologies.
THE CLOSEST FUTURE
In 2018, NAFIGATE Corporation, a. s., made a contract
agreement with the Czech company BOCHEMIE a.s.* for the construction of the first factory for Hydal in the
Czech Republic. The factory will be able to produce up to 1000 tons of
Together with BOCHEMIE a.s. we also submitted a
project application on financing development and production of chemical
specialties under the APPLICATION program financed by OPPIK (Operational
Program Enterprise and Innovation for Competitiveness). The project is supposed
to run between 2018-2020 with a budget of 3 million euros.
*Bochemie a. s. is one of the strongest Central European producers of branded
products of chemical specialties, disinfectants, and detergents.
WE HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
In 2015, Hydal technology was the first Czech
technology, which received the prestigious American Frost and Sullivan Award for Best Innovation. The biotechnology was
also recognized in China, where it was ranked among the TOP 10 products. It also succeeded in the European Union, where it has
won two prizes of the Seal of Excellence
Award Horizon 2020. In 2018 it reached the third place in the prestigious
Czech competition SGDs awards for
achieving the UN's Sustainable
Development Goals in the Czech Republic, and in April of the same year, the
Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development recognized Hydal as the best industrial project.