Energy Analysis of Bioplastics Processing

Christine Schulze*, Max Juraschek, Christoph Herrmann, Sebastian Thiede

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Considering environmental aspects is of growing interest over all life cycle phases of products. Being based on renewable and/or bio-degradable resources, bioplastics enable a positive contribution towards sustainable products in material and end of life phase. However, bioplastics can be more energy intensive during their manufacturing phase than their conventional competitors. As this contributes to the overall environmental sustainability of a product as well, it is necessary to acquire a better understanding about the energy demand of bioplastics in manufacturing. Therefore, this paper presents a study on the energy demand of bioplastic materials in injection moulding, milling, and fused deposition modelling 3D-printing including necessary preparation and drying processes. Based on this, a quantitative energy related assessment of manufacturing bioplastics in comparison to conventional plastics is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-605
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2017 - Kamakura Prince Hotel, Kamakura, Japan
Duration: 8 Mar 201710 Mar 2017
Conference number: 24


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Bioplastics
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Manufacturing Processes


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