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Project Name: De & Remanufacturing for Circular Economy Investments in the Composite Industry
Start/end: December 2022 – November 2025
Total Cost: 12 603 930.83
EU contribution: 8 822 751.58
Elena Mossali – firstname.lastname@example.org
Martina Imarisio Neviani – email@example.com
30 European partners from Italy, Finland, Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium and Portugal collaborate within the EU-funded DEREMCO project, started in December 2022. Partners are on a mission to create a systemic, cross-sectoral and demand-driven circular economy solution that will enable the cost-effective reuse of post-use composite materials and components in new high-added value products.
Fiber-reinforced plastics are the structural components of a wide range of consumer and industrial goods, but managing composite products after use in accordance with the principles of the circular economy remains a significant challenge.
The DeremCo project aims to create a systemic, cross-sectoral, demand-driven circular economy solution that will enable the cost-effective reuse of post-use composite materials and components in new high-added value products. This solution will be based on the interaction between the technical and social eco-systems at the local and interregional level and will benefit the environment, industry, consumers, and the European society.
To satisfy consumer demands, two circular pilot procedures will be used:
a) mechanical demanufacturing and hybrid reprocessing,
b) thermo-chemical demanufacturing and textile reprocessing.
The circular value-chain will be changed into a “pull” system, in line with the new DeremCo Demand-Driven vision, where the demands and specifications on the materials and components to be reused are transferred directly from the demand side in terms of the qualities and functions of the high added-value products reusing them. The major objectives will be to encourage industrial uptake within local eco-systems, to de-risk future industrial uptake through private investments, and to raise awareness for more conscientious consumer behavior to assure sustainability and continuity.
ROLE OF THE CLUSTER
Within the project, AFIL is responsible of the Dissemination and Communication activities in order to maximize the impact of DeremCo at industrial level, to ensure the alignment with EU trends and policies and to increase the competitiveness and integration of the regional ecosystem through the Open Calls.
DeremCo is an EU – Interregional Innovation Investment (I3) Instrument project and it will run until November 2025.