FiberEUse objectives are to develop and demonstrate at a large scale via:
1- The integration of innovative remanufacturing technologies addressed to develop profitable reuse options for mechanically or thermally recycled EoL GFRP and CFRP composites, enabling ease of operation, significant cost reduction, compliance with EU Directives with minimization of environmental impacts. New value chains will be created leading to the realization of several demo-cases covering different manufacturing sectors. They will be subjected to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA, ISO 14044/44) and to the EU Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program.
2- The development of an innovation strategy for mobilization and networking of stakeholders from all the sectors related to composites, from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to tier 1 suppliers, logistical operators, technology providers and exploiters, designers, and end-user associations, providing a platform for communication and dissemination of results. This will help to overcome cross-cutting barriers to innovation by i) developing a common roadmap for the alignment of regional legislations, regulation and pricing methodologies and ii) demonstrating the economic benefits and profitability of the proposed remanufacturing options. This also will promote a paradigm shift in perception from simple “recycling” to “valorisation through reuse and remanufacturing”.
The project involves many different stakeholders from Europe, that in 2017 have decided to work together for this ambitious project.