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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 667501

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 600 087,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 299 163

Coordinated by:

RISE INNVENTIA AB

Sweden

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.
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Coordinator

RISE INNVENTIA AB

Address

Drottning Kristinas Vag 61
114 86 Stockholm

Sweden

Activity type

Other

Participants (8)

RISE SICOMP AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 339 298,75

SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING

Sweden

FASERINSTITUT BREMEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 179 971

SAECHSISCHES TEXTILFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT E .V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 114 937,50

FOURNE MACHINENBAU GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 281

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 209 000

PODCOMP AB

Sweden

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 179 658,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 667501

  • Start date

    1 July 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 600 087,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 299 163

Coordinated by:

RISE INNVENTIA AB

Sweden