The UK targets Sustainable Composite

A company in the United Kingdom has developed an initiative that will produce sustainable composite material for the next generation, which will bring the experts ion the composite material and researchers who will transform and deliver breakthroughs in the application in the industrial sector, such as in the blades of turbines.

National Composite Centers (NCC) heads the development of sustainable composite with a partnership with the Center for Process Innovation (CPI). Other partners in sustainable energy include the government and the academia who will join the UK’s World-leading research for composite and development of technical capacities.

The manufacturers who are developing the lightweight for the next generation, wind turbines, cars, and super energy-efficient planes and cars have a high demand for composite, the initiative said.  Compared with other materials and metals, composite have lightweight, long-lasting, durable with a flexible design, but more than 85 percent of these materials are re-usable up to the end of their lifespan.

Concerning renewables, Europe developed the first wind farm some three decades ago, which produced 180 times less of energy, which is more than the production cost of kWh compared to the current price, according to the initiative. In other terms, the increase in the number of turbines that are old and most of the replacement is taking place and the increasing amount of the end of life waste produced from the composite, they added.

Currently, there are more significantly limited commercial routes for recycling turbines blades in the UK with minimal options in Europe at large.  The primary purpose of a sustainable composite is to overcome the above challenges by looking at the development of the new technologies available in the UK while on the other hand developing durable composites from the materials based on bio, which includes the wastes of vegetable nutshells, corns, and algae.

The initial aim is to deliver series of R& D projects which will bring companies together in the whole composite chain of supply that includes Manufactures of the material, suppliers of the chemicals, and companies that recycle products.  The project’s main duty is to develop a mature and new technology, investigate other materials for feedstock, and develop the product design and process for manufacturing. According to the chief executive Richard Old, the above will enable the new content to quickly enter the supply chain, which will have a recycling process at the end of life.