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Large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life fiber reinforced composites.

Large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life fiber reinforced composites.

Objective

Glass and carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites (GFRP and CFRP) are increasingly used as structural materials in many manufacturing sectors like transport, constructions and energy due to their better lightweight and corrosion resistance compared to metals. Composite recycling is a challenging task. Although mechanical grinding and pyrolysis reached a quite high TRL, landfilling of EoL composites is still widespread since no significant added value in the re-use and remanufacturing of composites is demonstrated.
The FiberEUse project aims at integrating in a holistic approach different innovation actions aimed at enhancing the profitability of composite recycling and reuse in value-added products.
The project is based on the realization of three macro use-cases, further detailed in eight demonstrators:
Use-case 1: Mechanical recycling of short GFRP and re-use in added-value customized applications, including furniture, sport and creative products. Emerging manufacturing technologies like UV-assisted 3D-printing and metallization by Physical Vapor Deposition will be used.
Use-case 2: Thermal recycling of long fibers (glass and carbon) and re-use in high-tech, high-resistance applications. The input product will be EoL wind turbine and aerospace components. The re-use of composites in automotive (aesthetical and structural components) and building will be demonstrated by applying controlled pyrolysis and custom remanufacturing.
Use-case 3: Inspection, repair and remanufacturing for EoL CFRP products in high-tech applications. Adaptive design and manufacturing criteria will be implemented to allow for a complete circular economy demonstration in the automotive sector.
Through new cloud-based ICT solutions for value-chain integration, scouting of new markets, analysis of legislation barriers, life cycle assessment for different reverse logistic options, FiberEUse will support industry in the transition to a circular economy model for composites.
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Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Address

Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 096 500

Participants (21)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 427 750

RIVIERASCA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 796 425

NOVELLINI FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 397 416,25

HOLONIX SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 314 256,25

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 627 060

SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 337 575

BATZ SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 441 743,75

MAIER SCOOP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 508 931,25

AERNNOVA ENGINEERING DIVISION SAU

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 290 062,50

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 423 275

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 747 297,50

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 732 375

EDAG ENGINEERING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 595 000

INVENT INNOVATIVE VERBUNDWERKSTOFFEREALISATION UND VERMARKTUNG NEUERTECHNOLOGIEN GMBH*

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 581 700

GREEN COAT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 367 281,25

HEAD SPORT GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 370 475

HAMBLESIDE DANELAW LIMITED

United Kingdom

SAUBERMACHER DIENSTLEISTUNGS AG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 214 768,75

DESIGNAUSTRIA (DA)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 375 156,25

AVK-INDUSTRIEVEREINIGUNG VERSTARKTEKUNSTSTOFFE EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730323

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 943 963,75

  • EU contribution

    € 9 793 548,75

Coordinated by:

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy