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25 novembre 2010 | Veille marchés et technologie

Ceramics produced out of incinerator bottom ash

Technology Offer

A group of researchers from a Portuguese university has developed ceramic materials produced out of incinerator bottom ash, resulting from municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration, to apply in floor and wall tiles. The advantages over existing solutions, which use clay, quartz and feldspar as base raw materials, include economic and environmental gains. The university looks for ceramic floor and wall tiles companies for joint further development and licensing.

Description :

The manufacture of traditional ceramics usually uses clay, quartz and feldspar as base raw materials, which are in growing shortage.

This technology offers an innovative solution with the production of ceramic materials out of incinerator bottom ash, resulting from municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration, which can be applied in the ceramics industry, particularly in floor and wall tiles.

The production of these ceramic materials is strictly controlled. Due to a strong aggregation of the particles, an adequately dense ceramic with a granular texture is obtained, which is esthetically attractive and has adequate physical properties and mechanic resistance, to use as construction material.

The advantages over existing solutions, which use clay, quartz and feldspar as base raw materials, include economic gains, through the utilization of incinerator bottom ash, with or without inclusion of other additives ; and environmental gains, through the recycling of a waste normally disposed in landfills, as well as, through the preservation of scarce mineral natural sources.

Innovations and advantages of the offer

The developed technology has :

* Economic gains, through the utilization of incinerator bottom ash, with or without inclusion of other additives, resulting from municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration ;
* Environmental gains, through the recycling of a waste normally disposed in landfills, as well as, through the preservation of scarce mineral natural resources ;
* adequate physical properties and mechanic resistance to be use as construction material due to its density and granular structure
* attractive esthetic characteristics ;
* application in the construction of floor and wall tiles.

Current and Potential Domain of Application

This solution has application in floor and wall tiles, bricks and tiles, decorative and utilitarian pottery and mosaics manufacturing.

Comments

  • Type of partner sought :
    * Industry
    * Specific area of activity of the partner :
    * Ceramic floor and wall tiles companies
    * Civil construction companies
    * Task to be performed by the partner sought :
    * Product development and commercialization
  • Contact Details Organisation Oseo Innovation (PIC-SOF) Mrs Fabienne Mazeau

Phone +33 5 55 33 08 20

fabienne.mazeau@oseo.fr



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