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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.

Coordinator

RISE INNVENTIA AB
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€ 0,00
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Drottning Kristinas Vag 61
114 86 Stockholm
Sweden

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Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
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Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 876 796,25

Participants (9)

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RISE LIGNODEMO AB
Sweden
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€ 0,00
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Po Box 5604
114 86 Stockholm

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Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
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Research Organisations
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€ 23 252,50
RISE SICOMP AB
Sweden
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€ 339 298,75
Address
Fibervaegen 2 - Oejebyn
941 26 Pitea

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Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Norrbottens län
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
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€ 0,00
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Skogsudden
35189 Vaxjo

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Södra Sverige Småland med öarna Kronobergs län
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 400 875,00
FASERINSTITUT BREMEN EV
Germany
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€ 179 971,00
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Am Biologischen Garten 2 Iw3
28359 Bremen

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Bremen Bremen Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,25
SAECHSISCHES TEXTILFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT E .V.
Germany
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€ 114 937,50
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Annabergerstrasse 240
09125 Chemnitz

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Sachsen Chemnitz Chemnitz
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Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FOURNE MACHINENBAU GMBH
Germany
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€ 171 281,00
Address
Zur Degensmühle 1
53347 Alfter

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
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€ 209 000,00
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Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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€ 0,00
PODCOMP AB
Sweden
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€ 105 016,00
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Skylvagen 1
943 33 Ojebyn

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Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Norrbottens län
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,25
NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 179 658,75
Address
Bridge Way 4a Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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East Midlands (England) Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire East Derbyshire
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00