In view of moving towards a post-petroleum society, one of the major challenges is 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 the implementation 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 petroleum based polyurethane products used in the construction and automotive industries. The developed 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.
The main goal of ReInvent is to develop and combine bio-based materials and fibres that can replace petroleum-based polyurethane insulation and structural products used in buildings and soft foams for vehicle 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;
- Novel bio based soft and semi-rigid foams for the automotive industry, e.g. sub-layers for car ceilings, dashboards and seat covers;
- Development of recycling technologies using cost-efficient chemical and enzymatic processes for the developed materials allowing re-use in various industrial sectors.
Project Type: BBI-IA-DEMO
Project Duration: June 2018 to May 2022
Eligible Cost: 6,525,275.00 €
European Union Funding: EU H2020/BBI JU – 6,525,275.00 €
Intervention Region: Europe, Israel
Promotors: Centro Ricerche FIAT (IT), CENTITVC – Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Técnicos, Funcionais e Inteligentes (PT), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (ES), Institut fuer Verbundwerkstoffe GMBH (DE), AEP polymers (IT), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IT), Acciona Infrastructures Inc. (ES), Melodea ltd. (IL), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V (DE), Kroppenstedter Ölmühle (DE), Coventive Composite (UK), Silcart S.P.A. (IT), Aerofly 360 Industrial, S.L. (ES), Ritols (LV), Project HUB 360 (IT), Logstor S/A(DK), Aunde Italia S.P.A. (IT), Adler Pelzer Group (IT), OSM-DAN (IL)
The novel insulation and structural materials for construction will combine high heat insulating capability with improved mechanical performance and improved or novel functionalities, such as lightweight, flame retardancy, noise insulation, hydrophobicity and thermostability, antifungal and anti-rotting properties (bio-corrosion resistance).
New cellular materials for automobile interiors will combine improved soft-touch and comfort effects with similar functionalities, such as fatigue resistance, softness at low temperatures, flame retardancy, noise insulation, hydrophobicity and thermostability, antifungal and anti-rotting properties as well as aesthetics. The advanced multifunctional products will be tailored to the applications demands, i.e. for the construction sector - insulation sandwich panels, spray foams, structural composite sandwich panels (for floor slabs and decks) and pre-insulated pipes; and for the automotive sector - seat covers, headliners and dashboards.