The Virtual Library is the final chapter of the FiberEUse European project: together with the Physical Library, it has been created for showcasing remanufactured components made with recycled Glass and Carbon Fibers.
The ultimate aim of these libraries is large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life fiber reinforced composites.
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 favorable lightweight and corrosion resistance when compared to metals.
FiberEUse (GA No. H2020-730323-1) aims at integrating different innovation actions through a holistic approach to enhance profitability of composite recycling and reuse in value-added products. 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.
FiberEUse is a complex system, involving many different stakeholders that can be divided in three groups.
Companies that have contributed with waste to be transformed into a material. These are GAMESA, AERNNOVA, RIVERIASCA and, in some cases, NOVELLINI.
Developer of new materials
All the partners that have developed processes to obtain materials that include the waste generated by the previous companies. These are: POLIMI, CNR, TUT, TECNALIA, FRAUNHOFER, RIVERIASCA etc.
New product developer
All partners who have developed products that incorporate materials developed by group partners (2nd level). These partners would be: RIVIERASCA, EDAG, INVENT, DESIGN AUSTRIA, HEAD, MAIER, BATZ, GREENCOAT, NOVELLINI
About the Virtual Library
The Virtual Library is the result of a complex teamwork between Politecnico di Milano and all the partners involved in the project. A first step involved a summary operation, condensing all information received by partners in a visual shape, embedded in both the Physical and the Virtual Library. Then we worked on each of the products, selecting the best strategy to display it in our system.