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Cost effective lignin-based carbon fibres for innovative light-weight applications

Objective

The overall objectives are to demonstrate a new biobased, renewable and economically viable carbon fibre (CF) precursor – lignin – produced in Europe with European raw material and to develop conditions for its processing into CF and structural CF composites. The target is a cost-effective biobased CF for use in reinforced composites delivering sufficient enough strength properties for large-volume automotive applications. Reducing vehicle weight is a decisive factor for successful fulfilment of the future targets in EU regulations regarding CO2 emissions from the automotive sector. CF reinforced plastics has been introduced as a low-weight material replacing/complementing steel and aluminium. Today’s CF production is based on use of a petroleum-based raw material, PAN, which is costly due to the starting precursor and the process for turning it into CF. Most PAN used in Europe is imported. The automotive sector has identified a need for a cheaper lower-grade CF to meet the demands of components in normal consumer cars. Lignin from kraft pulp mills is a green, sustainable, abundant and cost-efficient new potential CF precursor. The European pulp and paper industry has a need for additional revenues due to the global competition and the decline in printing and writing paper. Successful lignin applications like CF will create new business opportunities and new jobs also in rural areas where the pulp mills are located. The development of lignin-based CF is still in laboratory scale and material properties meeting high-quality product demands is the main challenge. Now a new technology in commercial operation makes it possible to produce lignin with new properties, higher purity and with less impact on the pulp mill operation. The idea is to tailor kraft lignin properties already in the lignin separation/upgrading and optimise the lignin for target automotive applications. The consortium has unique competence through the complete value chain to realise this new concept.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-PPP-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

RISE INNVENTIA AB
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vag 61
114 86 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (8)

RISE SICOMP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 339 298,75
Address
Fibervaegen 2 - Oejebyn
941 26 Pitea
Activity type
Other
SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Skogsudden
35189 Vaxjo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FASERINSTITUT BREMEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 971
Address
Am Biologischen Garten 2 Iw3
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Research Organisations
SAECHSISCHES TEXTILFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT E .V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 114 937,50
Address
Annabergerstrasse 240
09125 Chemnitz
Activity type
Research Organisations
FOURNE MACHINENBAU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 171 281
Address
Zur Degensmühle 1
53347 Alfter
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 209 000
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
PODCOMP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 105 016
Address
Skylvagen 1
943 33 Ojebyn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 658,75
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)