In harmony with nature
Hydal technology is the first in the world to use toxic waste to produce a biopolymer - used frying oil, which is in global surplus.
The bacteria we use to make the biopolymer have been part of our ecosystem for millions of years, "flying in" from space about two billion years ago. These bacteria do not produce biopolymer aimlessly - it serves them as a reservoir of energy for "worse times".
A new life of waste
Hydal is an upcycling technology: oil is not recycled from waste oil, but a completely different product is produced - a biopolymer.
Nature is perfect in that it can reuse or recycle whatever it produces. The biopolymer is food for other bacteria or organisms. It is therefore fully biodegradable. In other words, nature makes full use of it in soil and water.
The conversion takes place in these steps
Microbial fermentation, where bacteria "consume" used cooking oil and convert it into PHA granules, which it stores inside the bacterial cell. This process is commonly called the upstream phase.
Isolation of a polymer from microbial cells is called the downstream phase. This process involves the breakdown of microbial cells from which PHA granules are released.
3. Natural PHA
The resulting biopolymer in the form of powder flakes can be processed into granules, to which additives are added for stabilization, processing and for the desired final properties of the product. Each mixture is unique according to its use in final products (e.g. mixtures for the production of mulching films) or for cosmetic applications.
What does technology bring us?
Hydal brings a concept in which PHA is produced from waste in a simple process at a competitive price. The end of its life cycle is known before the start of production.
State of technology development
Hydal technology is currently in the TRL 9 phase. In 2019, we verified the suitability of another waste raw material - sludge palm oil - for the production of PHA.
Application development strategies - what, why and with whom do we develop?
Our application development strategy is based on so-called priority application segments.
Our R&D projects are dedicated to the following priority applications, which are already in the solution process:
The first bioplastic in endless circulation under the "baton" of nature.
"I'm out of rubbish. As a vegetable oil, I have already fulfilled my mission and become waste. As waste, however, I can destroy sewer systems or water sources. So I got a new opportunity. Czech biotechnology Hydal put me back into circulation. From the waste I became a biopolymer of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate). Hence my name Hydal. I was created by nature - bacteria that have been part of our ecosystem for millions of years. I am a biomaterial that can replace microplastics and, in some applications, synthetic plastics. "
In 2017, we found out that it is necessary to create a B2C product brand that will be used for selected products - such as home 3D printing filaments, etc.
Natural polymer P3HB
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) or polyhydroxy fatty acids are a family of biodegradable polyesters. PHAs have unique properties similar to synthetic polymers.
PHB biopolymer produced by Hydal biotechnology is 100% biocompatible and biodegradable, i.e. in soil, water, as well as in the seas, it completely decomposes into water, CO2 and the remaining biom