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The environmental benefits of the DIGITALIFE project are:
44% total energy saving achieved by reducing the kiln cycle necessary to coat the ceramic surface with TiO2 and avoiding the drying step (certified by LCA calculations).
Almost 30% water saving (i.e. 160 g/m2) given by shifting from the spraying technology to the
digital printing technology (the water consumption during the manufacturing, wet brushing in
particular, is negligible).
Saving of at least 50% of TiO2 (up to about 0,9 g/m2). In this way the use of TiO2 is much more
optimised and much less TiO2 is wasted. Moreover the TiO2 powder dispersed in the ink has
~1µm size, in comparison with possibly harmful nanometric powders present on the market today
[2011, NIOSH, Occupational Exposure to Titanium Dioxide].
Less than 30% solvent-based on substances of petrochemical origin (solvents are currently
based of anti-settling agents, by using TiO2 water-based ink).
In socio-economic terms the benefits are also:
20% cost reduction and 15-20% timing reduction.
Availability of cost-effective and sustainable products that enhance air quality.
The demonstration of a technology able to avoid potentially harmful nanometric powders, further
pushing the market towards sustainable and safe solutions.
Reduction of the pressure on water resources, with the consequent benefits for citizens and
Reduction of TiO2 waste and excess
Stimulating citizens to the adoption of photocatalytic tiles having sound positive anti-bacterial and
We will keep you updated on DIGITALIFE activities!