Glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) is becoming a worldwide pollution problem. In 2021, 2.4 million tonnes of GFRP waste were produced with 98% ending up in landfill. Meanwhile, 9 million tonnes of new GFRP were produced. For example, GFRP fueled a boating boom, but now dumped and ageing craft are breaking up, releasing toxins and microplastics across the world and wind turbine blades can't be recycled so they are piling up in landfills. At Composite Recycling, we close the loop on GFRPs by recycling them into reusable glass fibres and pyrolysis oil, which can be sold and used to make new composites and plastics. Our proprietary mobile recycling units are energy neutral, using the reaction to self-power. This allows us to sell the reclaimed materials at market value for a profit.
Within the Innobooster scope, Composite Recycling is working to industrialize a post treatment process which was developed at lab scale at EPFL. This includes process development taking into consideration both cost and the LCA, minimizing environmental impact. The Innobooster funding will fund the research and development of the glass fibre post processing to bring the lab scale demonstration to a demonstrator/industrial scale.
The planned industrial partnerships by the end of the project include a glass fibre textile manufacturer, to purchase the recycled glass fibre and incorporate in their textiles for resale, a boat manufacturer, to provide production waste to treat and to buy glass fibre, and boat deconstruction sites, to provide end-of-life boats to be recycled.
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Last update to this project presentation 15.12.2022