The SB&WRC project is supported by the European program Interreg VA France (Channel) England and receives financial support from the ERDF.

UniLasalle is a center of higher education that specialises in energy, environment and agriculture studies. Within the SB&WRC project, UniLaSalle is in charge of:

  • design (including R&D phases, supply of resources and production of the first prototype),
  • evaluation (laboratory testing)
  • and deployment of the first prototype - an insulation product, created from agriculture co-products (rapeseed and wheat straw, corn stovers and potentially medullae from these plants) and natural binders.

The goal is to demonstrate that the prototype can indeed reach set objectives in terms of energy efficiency and reduction of GHG emissions compared to conventional materials (glass wool, mineral wool). UniLasalle will also participate in the environmental and economic evaluation (biodegradability tests) of the two other prototypes, also made out of agriculture co-products, and will contribute to the dissemination of the results.

For the three prototypes, operational deployment on a pilot site will be managed in France by UniLaSalle. Some of these phases will be carried out in close collaboration between UniLaSalle, University of Bath and Nomadéis.

By participating in the SB&WRC project, UniLasalle hope to further develop their status as leading research institution on an international level. It offers the opportunity to open new partnerships in France and in England. With its know-how in developing insulation materials from sunflowers, UniLasalle could extend, internationally, its competences with new bio-resources such as rapeseed, corn and wheat.

Beyond R&D, another benefit of this project for UniLasalle is to develop new outlets for the agriculture sector and build stronger bonds with industry (due to a a world-leading industry partner participating in the project) in order to increase UniLasalle's role in the critical process of an agri-ecological transition for the sector.

Website: https://www.unilasalle.fr/

The SB&WRC project is supported by the European program Interreg VA France (Channel) England and receives financial support from the ERDF.

                 

Last updated on the 10-07-2018 by Clément Gaillard

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