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Renewable source nanostructured precursors for carbon fibers

Objective

More and more industrial sectors (e.g. automotive, wind energy, boatbuilding) are demanding lightweight and high-performance composite materials, which represent a strong driver to develop the carbon fibre (CF) industry. Today, almost 80% of CF available on the market are using PolyAcryloNitrile (PAN) as the starting raw material because of its superior properties compared to pitch based carbon fibres. However, CF produced from PAN are expensive which limit their application to premium industrial sectors looking for high-performance structural materials while accepting high material costs (e.g. aeronautics, military devices, and sport goods).

The strategic objective of CARBOPREC is to develop low cost precursors from renewable materials widely available in Europe (lignin and cellulose) reinforced by carbon nanotube (CNT) to produce high performance CF for automotive and wind energy applications.

To achieve this objective, two white fibre processes will be studied to produce continuous fibers:
- wet spinning approach for the cellulose dissolved in phosphoric acid (H3PO4),
- melt spinning by extrusion for the lignin.

Moreover, the carbonization process as well as the different functionalisation steps will be deeply investigated to enhance significantly both, the carbonisation yield, and the added value brought by the developed carbon fibers in the final applications targeted.

The CARBOPREC consortium led by ARKEMA gathers 14 partners coming from 6 different European countries and Russia. It covers the whole value chain needed to develop innovative carbon fibers from renewable materials.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/carbon fiber

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

ARKEMA FRANCE SA
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 868 696
Administrative Contact
Christophe Falce (Mr.)

Participants (14)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 080 636
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
BALAKOVO CARBON PRODUCTION LLC
Russia
EU contribution
€ 599 710
Address
Ul Saratovskoe Shosse 2
413841 Balakovo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andriy Tymoshenko (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET DES RECHERCHES AUPRES DES UNIVERSITES, DES CENTRES DE RECHERCHE ET DES ENTREPRISES D'AQUITAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 642 113,70
Address
Avenue Du Docteur Albert Schweitzer - Centre Condorcet 162
33608 Pessac
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christelle Lestage (Mrs.)
RENAULT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 259 418
Address
Quai Le Gallo 13
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sophie Poisson (Mrs.)
SIGMATEX (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 129 529
Address
Middlewich Business Park
CW10 OHX Middlewich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Pitts (Mr.)
PLASTINOV SNE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 206 197
Address
Zac Marmande Sud
47250 Samazan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabien Baumann (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 459 934
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Reams-Behboud (Mrs.)
FIL.VA SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 124 250,40
Address
Via Per Schianno 63
21100 Varese Va
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Fare (Mrs.)
M.D.P. MATERIALS DESIGN AND PROCESSING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 169 200
Address
Strada Di Pentima 6
05100 Terni
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Petrucci (Dr.)
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 673 280
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie-Pierre Laborie (Dr.)
AVANA INDUSTRIES KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 188 080
Address
Majus 1. U 7
H8698 Somogyvar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janos Dosa (Mr.)
FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA INNOVACION, INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO EN LA INDUSTRIA DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 315 640
Address
Poligono Industrial A Granxa 249
36400 Porrino Pontevedra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raquel Ledo (Mrs.)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 149 352
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Brutin (Mrs.)
ASSOCIATION CETI (CENTRE EUROPEEN DES TEXTILES INNOVANTS)
France
EU contribution
€ 101 990,90
Address
41 Rue Des Metissages
59200 Tourcoing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Benoit Deroy (Mr.)