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31 / ene. / 2022

Multi-level Circular Process Chain for Carbon and Glass Fibre Composites


Multi-level Circular Process Chain for Carbon and Glass Fibre Composites


El consorcio MC4, al cual pertenece FIDAMC, ha resultado seleccionado para recibir financiación dentro de la convocatoria 2021 de Horizon Europa para dar respuesta al tópico “HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-01: Ensuring circularity of composite materials.”


El proyecto  titulado “Multi-level Circular Process Chain for Carbon and Glass Fibre Composites”  que involucra a 15 empresas y centros tecnológicos europeos, buscará desarrollar soluciones tecnológicas al problema de la reciclabilidad de componentes de fibra de carbono y fibra de vidrio.  Los resultados del proyecto contribuirán notablemente a la sostenibilidad de industrias como la aeronáutica o la eólica donde estos materiales son predominantes. Así mismo, el proyecto MC4 mejorará la competitividad de las compañías europeas, que actualmente depende de suministradores no europeos para este tipo de materiales.


FIDAMC, que tiene establecida la sostenibilidad de composites como una de sus tecnologías estratégicas prioritarias, participará en varias fases del proyecto cubriendo diferentes actividades dentro de la cadena de valor, desde la separación y clasificación de residuos hasta la fabricación de demostradores con material reciclado.


El proyecto cuenta con un presupuesto total de 7MM€ y se desarrollará durante 3 años.


A continuación compartimos el abstract oficial del proyecto:


“Each year about 110.000t of carbon fiber composite parts and 4.500.000t of glass fiber composites are used. 98% of these parts end up in landfills at the end of their life. To address this problem the MC4 project aims at establishing a multi-level circular process for carbon and glass fiber composite. Multi-level means that processes will be developed for short-term implementation with immediate impact and for the longer term with a wider impact on industry. Carbon and glass fiber have substantially different costs and the project takes this into account by developing economically feasible procedures that are based on chemical matrix/fibre separation for carbon fibre and on a new type of resin for the direct re-use of the composite for glass fibre. Quality grading of the recycled material will be a key element to ensure a proper use in the different domains. Within the supply chain investigated in the project the goal is to achieve a recycling rate of at least 60%.


As an additional benefit, the project will enable European material manufacturers to develop their own, patented processes for manufacturing of recycled material. Currently, 80% of the manufacturing of virgin carbon and glass fibre is taking place outside of Europe and the manufacturing technologies used inside of Europe are often licensed from foreign countries.

MC4 puts particular emphasis on the design and manufacturing of best practice examples of parts made from recycled materials. For five different domains, including automotive, aerospace, sports equipment, boats and urban furniture, composite products will be manufactured, with the aim of demonstrating the use of recycled material and enhancing the demand side for recycled material in the different domains.


The consortium includes process developers, material manufacturers and SME end users, who manufacture composite parts. It covers the whole value chain and thus enables the creation of real circular process for composites””