L’Urederra Foundation for Technical and Social Development is a non-profit, private Technological Centre created in June 1999 by the association of several public authorities, financial organizations, RTD organizations and companies in diverse productive fields, totalling more than 20 independent entities. LUREDERRA performs activities of RTD on behalf of the industries and other economical agents within its sphere of influence, followed by implementation of the innovations developed at their production sites.
The organization is a Spanish CIT (Centre of Innovation and Technology) recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Science with the number 98. Main RTD fields where LUREDERRA is active are:
– Nanotechnology: LUREDERRA is a reference in the manufacturing of simple and complex nano-oxides with small sizes and high purity. The Centre counts on a state-of-the-art in pyrolysis nanoparticle production plant with a capacity for continuous operation up to 1 kg/h and lab-scale facilities (from 10 to 100g/h) for R&D activities. In addition, the Centre is highly-skilled in physical-chemical treatment of nanoparticles for dispersion and integration as well as functionalization and in the development of coating technology and functional surfaces. This includes substrates such as glass, metal, porous and polymers Among the functionalities developed are water repellence, self-cleaning, anticorrosion, anti-scratch, conductivity or anti-fouling among others.
– Advanced materials: Advanced processing of plastics, including co-extrusion-blowing, mono and double screen extrusion, moulding injection. Surface treatment of fibre and mineral nanoparticles. Development of filled polymer composites with different properties (antimicrobial, barrier effect, improved UV resistance, conductivity, biodegradability, etc.), multicomponent systems with controlled response or sensorised intelligent
– Advanced environment: Development of technologies related with reduction, recycle and revalorization of organic/inorganic wastes. The field also comprises the application of new materials for diverse fields such as purification treatment of gas and waste water streams;
– Fine chemistry: Synthesis of special organic functional chemicals: organic-inorganic coupling agents, intermediates precursors for complex reactions, etc. It is included also an area related with sustainable chemistry: development of highly efficient sorbent or plastic manufacturing using renewable sources.
Role in the project
Lurederra taking into account their long background in coordination of European proposals will be responsible of the overall technical and administrative coordination of SUNRISE. In addition, at technical level and based on their large background, knowledge and facilities for PVB recycling, they will lead the optimisation of mechano-chemical recycling parameters and the pilot demo. They will also work in PVB characterisation and processing in film for laminated glass and dispersion for coatings and will be responsible of the development of the techno-economic analyses of the recycling business.