AF-14258 | Vegetable oil-based waxes in industrial applications

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Projecttitel: Vegetable oil-based waxes in industrial applications
Projectnummer: AF-14258 Kernthema: Circulair
Looptijd: 2015-2017
Budget publiek: € 50.000
Budget privaat: € 50.000
Projectleider: David Franciolus
Projectpartners: Bolsius International B.V., Cargill Netherlands B.V., Koster Keunen Holland B.V., MVO (Netherlands Oils & Fats Industry), TNO, Wageningen UR- (DLO) – Food & Biobased Research

Samenvatting Hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVOs) can be produced from a variety of commodity vegetable oils (e.g. palm, soybean and rapeseed). HVOs have potential for applications in the industrial waxes market, however their technical shortcomings prevent HVOs from capturing a larger share of the market. If these technical shortcoming are overcome, HVOs could partially replace refined paraffin waxes, derived from crude petroleum slack wax. The ability to modify HVO waxes so that they behave more like paraffin waxes opens up a very substantial new opportunity for HVOs. The price of refined paraffin waxes, derived from crude petroleum slack wax, has risen substantially in recent years, making it more attractive to find a (bio-based) replacement. The objective of the project is to significantly extend the use of vegetable-based waxes for industrial uses, by modification of the HVOs to overcome current technical shortcomings. The project aims to deliver a deeper understanding of the interrelation between the chemistry, structure and technical properties of HVOs, and how to modify them in an effective way. If successful, its commercial scale-up is feasible since the process builds upon existing food refinery infrastructure.

  • The key features of this proposal are:
  • Substitution of a mineral oil-derived product (paraffin wax) with a sustainable, renewable alternative based on vegetable oils
  • Substantially extending the use of vegetable waxes by improving their properties and suitability for industrial applications (illustrated with a candle application)
  • Use of existing food refinery infrastructure to deliver a cost-effective product with limited investment required.


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