The innovation of DeremCo
The DeremCo project aims at the development of innovative systemic solutions for unlocking the great potential of End of Life composite materials as new manufacturing sources, with a set of actions inspired by two major general guidelines: Sustainable Manufacturing and Digitalization.
The starting point
WHY DE- AND REMANUFACTURING OF COMPOSITE?
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. De- and Remanufacturing includes the set of technologies, tools and knowledge-based methods to recover, re-use and upgrade functions and materials from industrial waste and post-consumer high-tech products, under a new producer-centric Circular Economy perspective.Pilots
In order to generate growth and jobs through industry-led interregional cooperation, co-creation, and co-investment, eleven European regions came together to form the Vanguard Initiative in 2013. This interregional partnership, which is now made up of 39 of Europe’s best developed industrial regions, aims at promoting industrial innovation and create European value chains based on local Smart Specialization Strategies.
The implementation of Vanguard Pilot, which have been designed with the active involvement of clusters, science parks, research institutes, and universities in the member regions, is the main activity of the Vanguard Initiative. The Pilots aim to accelerate the market adoption of innovations in 8 subject areas by bringing regions and their stakeholders together.
Among those areas, the “Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing” is the Pilot that supports the competitiveness of the European Manufacturing, in terms of development and exploitation of innovative technologies, products and processes, contributing to materials and energy consumption reduction and increasing overall efficiency and quality. In particular, within the “De- and Remanufacturing” demo-case, technologies and business models for circular economy to re-use, remanufacture and recycle products and materials in all sectors are investigated.
Large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life fiber reinforced composites
Topic: Systemic, eco-innovative approaches for the circular economy: large-scale demonstration projects (CIRC-1-2016)
FiberEUse was a €9.8 million H2020 project funded by the European Union since June 2017 with 20 partners from 7 EU countries. FiberEUse had the goal of increasing the profitability of composite recycling and reuse in value-added goods. 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 supported industry in the transition to a circular economy model for composites.
Through the development of controlled mechanical recycling, innovative thermal treatment and remanufacturing processes on wind blades and automotive parts in glass and carbon fibers, it has been demonstrated the reuse of composite products in sanitary furniture, design products, sports equipment, automotive and construction. The main project results, also shown during the Milano Fashion Week 2021, are collected in a book, free to download here.