Potato starch becomes a building material

Numerous agricultural crops used in the food industry produce large quantities of starchy waste material. The STACKS project focuses on the potato cultivation and processing industry. Indeed, almost half of the potatoes grown do not reach consumers. In addition, the processing of the potatoes that are in fact suitable inevitably leaves a lot of starchy waste material behind, which is currently often fermented.

With our project, we want to use these potato surpluses and waste materials for the development of new bio-ecological materials, with a special focus on the construction sector. We test possible applications for these construction and other materials in cooperation with our partners and examine the extent to which the various components of these construction and other materials can in turn be recycled.

UC Leuven

Partners Agristo, Duynie Holding, MEAM, KU Leuven, Kamp C, vzw Z33