REPOXYBLE: Kick-Off Meeting; New EU project on bio-based plastics for automotive and aerospace just started
The new Horizon Europe project REPOXYBLE started on January 18th at Brussels.
The project will create a new class of high-performance materials targeting cost and energy effectiveness, recyclability, and sustainability, for the aerospace and automotive sectors. The approach implemented throughout the project will be Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD), holistic and multidisciplinary.
As the Green Deal and the Digital Decade establish high-priority policies for Europe regarding sustainability and green transition, classic lightweight materials such as glass and carbon fibres composites, commonly used due to their intrinsic properties, must be replaced.
These materials have played a key role in fuel-efficient and high-performing vehicles, but the poor recyclability and recovery aspect poses a significant challenge, as well as the end-of-life aspect. This is where REPOXYBLE comes in: minimising resource use, energy of manufacturing processes and optimising waste disposal of future advanced materials, the project will mitigate cost and product’s end-to-end footprint across its global lifecycle, thereby significantly improving its overall environmental performance.
Moreover, REPOXYBLE assumes an upstream approach more efficient and effective which integrates product performance, multifunctionality, sustainability, safety, and potential legal concerns since the beginning of new materials’ development (the monomers’ synthesis, the resin formulation and the future composite design).