The European Commission is throwing its support behind the FIBRALSPEC (Functionalized Innovative Carbon Fiber Developed from Novel Precursors with Cost Efficiency and Tailored Properties) four-year project. The FIBRALSPEC project is co-financed by the European Union’s 7th framework program (2007-2013) at a cost of EUR 6.08 million. The project looks to contribute to the sustainable carbon fiber field by addressing new technologies that have a clear market potential.
FIBRALSPEC focuses on conducting new processes for continuous PAN-based carbon fiber pilot production. Efforts are also dedicated to cost reduction and improvement of mechanical and chemical properties of carbon fiber. During the project, novel carbon fiber precursors such as lignin are being developed. Lifecycle assessment will assist in possible commercial risks that are continuously estimated during the project and quantify/assess the environmental impact of the materials that will be used. As for recycling and utility of recycled carbon fiber, new techniques are applied to provide commercially-relevant products that are manufactured from waste carbon fiber.
“The project builds upon the experience gained and will result in upcoming breakthrough innovations, through challenges and goal achievements,” said Project Coordinator Costas Charitidis. “This project is a partnership between eleven partners, where all closely cooperate with industry to achieve technical solutions which can be sustained in the long term.”
The National Technical University of Athens is the project coordinator and the partners are: Politechnico di Torino, University of Birmingham, Thales research and technology, Global Safeguard LTD, Open source management LTD, Frantsevich Institute for problems of materials science, CTM Equipment Limited, Yuzhnoye SDO and Euromobilita s.r.o.