Which is the future of recycling composites?

Developing new recycling technologies is crucial to ensure the sustainability of advanced materials: the results of REPOXYBLE workshop

 

Fiber-reinforced composites are amongst the enabling materials for the green and digital transitions in the transport sector. They allow for lightweighting, purpose-built functions, and high performances; however, their overall safety and sustainability profile still suffers from potential negative impacts, mainly related to manufacturing and the end-of-life dimensions.

Research is on-going to develop more sustainable solutions, introducing biobased components, developing more efficient processes, exploring reuse and recycle solutions.

REPOXYBLE and other European projects are exploring and addressing key research questions to progress in developing more sustainable composites.

This was the basis of the REPOXYBLE workshop Processes and methods for recycling, reuse, and recovery of advanced composite materials in the transport sector, which shared insights with experts of chemical systems, novel technologies, and production techniques toward recycling and recovery of high-value composite constituents.

 

The presentations of REPOXYBLE and the other participating projects are now available

Introduction from the chairs

Elvira Villaro, Avanzare Innovacion Tecnologica and REPOXYBLE coordinator
Andrea Porcari, Italian Association for Industrial Research (Airi)

Recycling of composite and epoxy materials
Christoph Olscher, Universityof Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna (BOKU)

Presentation

 

Bio-based and recyclable composite materials for transport application

Luigia Longo, CETMA & FURHY

Presentation

 

r-LightBioCom Circularity and Recyclability Innovations

Fernando Cepero Mejias, Coventry University & r-LightBioCom

Presentation

 

Advanced lightweight materials FOR Energy-efficient STructures
Rocío Ruiz Gallardo, AIMPLAS & FOREST

Presentation

 

EURECOMP- European recycling and circularity in large composites components

Dionisis Semitekolos, National Technical University of Athens – R-NanoLab & EuReComp

Presentation

 

Carbo4Power – New generation of offshore turbine blades with intelligent architectures of hybrid, nano-enabled multi-materials via advanced manufacturing

Tatjana Kosanovic Milickovic, National Technical University of Athens – R-NanoLab & Carbo4Power

Presentation