Based on Bio Materials and Natural Fibres
ACCIONA Construction Technological Center is participating in a project called REINVENT, that has received 6.5 million euros in funds from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) which is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium. Operating under Horizon 2020, this EU body is driven by the Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA) developed by the industry.
In view of moving towards a post-petroleum society, the communication of the European Commission on 13 February 2012 entitled 'Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe', and in particular its Action Plan, aims to integrate better biomass producing and processing sectors in order to reconcile food security, natural resource scarcity and environmental objectives with the use of biomass for industrial and energy purposes. Among others, construction and automotive industries have high potential for effective implementation of the strategy of European Bioeconomy in terms of more efficient use of biomass and industrial by products for development of bio-based value added products.
Reinvent project will answer these needs by developing and combining bio based materials and fibres for replacing the petroleum based polyurethane (PUR) insulation products used in buildings and soft foams for vehicles interior products. Polyols, natural cellulose fibres and nanocrystals, and biomass derived nanoparticles (NPs) will be derived by advanced technologies from sustainable wood-based and agro-based sources to develop and validate:
- Novel bio based rigid moulded and spraying insulation foam systems for the construction industry, e.g. composite bridge decks, spraying building insulations and insulating sandwich structures, and
- Novel bio based soft and semi-rigid foams for the automotive industry, e.g. sub-layers for car ceilings, dashboards and seat covers.
These customer products will be validated for their enhanced properties, sustainability and low cost, and compared to currently available petroleum- and bio-based counterparts used in the construction and automotive industries, respectively. To enhance the sustainability of these products and materials, new energy and cost-efficient recycling technologies for the bio-based products will be developed.
01/06/2018 -31/05/2022 (48 months)
Funding scheme: Innovation Action – Demonstration BBI-Horizon2020
The project consortium is highly complementary, including partners addressing all the disciplines of the proposed project from applied research to product development and end users for products validation towards commercialisation. They cover the entire value chains of the corresponding final. ReInvent consortium comprises 19 partners from 8 Member States (Portugal, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Denmark) and one Associated State, Israel
5 industrial partners:
Centre Richerche FIAT
ADLER EVO S.r.l.
PROJECT SAS DI MASSIMO PERUCCA
5 are research institutes and universities
CENTRO DE NANOTECNOLOGIA E MATERIAIS TECNICOS FUNCIONAIS E INTELIGENTES
INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE