VALENCIA, 15 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Climate change and the growing demand for clean energy and sustainable and efficient means of transport lead the manufacture of new lightweight structures based on composites, which have an environmental impact at the end of their useful life.
With the aim of dealing with this problem, the 'EROS-Circular economy in composites: from the wind and aeronautical sector to the ceramic industry and transport' project arose, by Aimplas and ITC-AITE, aimed at developing new recycling processes for these composites that allow the recovery of the materials that compose them in other sectors, such as ceramics and the transport sector itself.
After the completion of the project, as explained by the Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC-AICE) in a statement, the feasibility of using glass fibers and glycols obtained from wind turbine composites as raw materials in the development of supports, frits and ceramic glazes (in the case of fibers) and inks (in the case of glycols), obtaining products that comply with applicable regulations.
Similarly, carbon fibers from aeronautical waste have been successfully valorized in the development of new parts for this same sector.
In the EROS project, along with AIMPLAS and ITC-AICE, the companies Keraben Grupo, S.A., Fritta, S.L., Sofitec and Reciclalia S.L. have also participated, opening a new way of applying a real circular economy system between different sectors, reducing the consumption of fossil resources and the negative impact of this type of waste on the environment.
This project is part of the national call for R D Collaboration Challenges, and is funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the State Research Agency.