Research programme: Horizon 2020
REVOLUTION focusses on overcoming the challenges hindering the use of recycled materials, but more broadly, restricting the widespread adoption of circular economy principles in the automotive industry. Forthcoming ELV directives are expected to recognise the potential for plastics to enable a circular flow of materials in the automotive sector. Currently PCR (closed-loop recycling) forms ~2% of the total plastics demanded across the automotive sector, and are not used in high-value or high-performing areas. REVOLUTION is proposing a disruptive innovation that will bring open-loop recycling to the forefront of automotive injection moulding. The variability of PCR causes a big problem for an industry where failure rates on 1 per million are accepted. REVOLUTION will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to optimise the input of recycled materials and injection moulding process to deliver high-quality parts.
REVOLUTION will develop a range of recycled formulations, including self-reinforced materials, to deliver components that offer light weighing, superior performance and distinctive end of life advantages for future EVs.
REVOLUTION is a coordinated by an Automotive TIER1 company FARPLAS (Turkey) and brings together leading organisations from European strong-hold industries such as automotive, chemicals and plastics. The automotive industry is represented by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles through Tofas (Turkey), CRF (Fiat Research Center)(Italy) and Tier 1s such as FARPLAS and MAIER (ES). LyondellBasell, Clariant and Altuglas provide strong representation of the European excellence in plastics and chemicals. These are joined by leading research organisations and recyclers to bring a solution to market that addresses the entire value chain.
More info: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101006631 (Own REVOLUTION website under development!)
NORNER is the leader of the LIGHT WEIGHT MATERIALS OPTMIZATION work package that will explore alternatives to develop plastics and plastic composites with recycled content for key selected demonstrators.
Norner project manager: Carlos Barreto Soler