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BIA-Brukerstyrt innovasjonsarena

NextGen TPO- Sustainable, intelligent polymer alloy membranes fit for the future

Alternative title: NextGen TPO – Fremtidens polymermembraner; bærekraftige, robuste og intelligente

Awarded: NOK 10.6 mill.

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2020 - 2024

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In the NextGen TPO project we aim at developing sustainable, safe and intelligent polymer membrane solutions for waterproofing of buildings and infrastructure, fit for the current and future needs of the construction industry. In order to achieve this, thermoplastic polyolefin materials (TPO) are in the centre of our attention. Sustainability and circularity are moving higher on the agenda in the construction industry. The expected growth in demand for more advanced roof and building constructions - such as, rooftop solar systems, roof gardens and water retention systems in urban areas - will require development of new and innovative materials and systems solutions. In this highly ambitious NextGen TPO project, Protan aims at developing an innovative new product portfolio of advanced, sustainable materials that are easy to install, durable, weather/climate resilient, environmentally friendly, and 100% recyclable. The project combines demanding interdisciplinary research and development activities in the areas of materials technology, manufacturing, construction and installation, as well as in modelling and simulation of product performance. Protan is currently planning the development work for this highly interesting and important research project. For the first months we will focus on technology and trend analyses in order to understand the expected future needs for novel TPO applications and to enable us to set relevant performance targets for novel formulations. We will also develop and establish benchmark prototypes which will provide valuable 'use case' data from the field. Formulation work will be complemented with process development ensuring we will meet end-user expectations. We are looking forward to work together with our research partner Norner Research throughout the project.

The NextGen TPO is a highly ambitious, key strategical endeavour for Protan. The project will deliver an innovative TPO-based product portfolio of new-to-market roof membranes, offering advanced, sustainable materials that simultaneously fulfil a range of demanding criteria for processing and end-user performance: easy to install, durable, climate-independent, environmental-friendly, 100% recyclable, and globally scalable. No such solutions exist today. The development project will require high quality, high risk and interdisciplinary R&D efforts in applied polymer research, advanced materials characterisation, process development and modelling and simulation. The project outcome will be a direct contribution to specific UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The NextGen TPO will offer a new membrane material which is recyclable and not containing any hazardous compounds. These features are particularly addressing SDG 3, 12, 13 and 14, by ensuring good health and well-being for producers, installers and end-users, in addition to preserving the climate and life below water by promising no release of hazardous substances to the environment. Furthermore, the NextGen TPO will be engineered to reduce heat island effects in urban areas, contributing to achieve more sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). This project will enable Protan to establish and grow a competitive business within high-performing TPOs. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the development of a new and more sustainable business model as a material supplier to the B&I industry, which complements the current product portfolio, and responds to changing customer demands and future market trends.


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