Cost effective lignin‑based carbon fibres for innovative light‑weight applications

Lignin carbon fibre project kicked-off

The nine organisations co-operating in GreenLight kicked off their work in Stockholm 22-23 September. The aim of the project is green and cost-efficient carbon fibre composites for light-weight cars.

Biobased cost-efficient carbon fibres would enable an increased replacement of steel with carbon fibre composites in cars. This would in turn decrease the weight and fuel/electricity consumption of the car fleet. The vision of the GreenLight project is to utilize lignin, a wood component that is a large by-product from pulp mills, as raw material for such green and cost-efficient carbon fibres. Lignin-based carbon fibres have so far only been produced in small laboratory scale. The great challenges for the GreenLight team are to achieve good enough carbon fibre strength and to upscale the involved processes to pilot scale. GreenLight´s Project Manager Per Tomani, Innventia is optimistic:

“A reflection from the two days kick-off meeting is that we are a very positive and capable team with a lot of energy.”

The GreenLight team covers the whole value chain from lignin production, represented by the research institute Innventia and the pulp producer Södra to the final use of carbon fibre materials in cars, represented by CRF, car maker Fiat´s research unit. The team also includes experts on spinning (FIBRE and Fourné Machinenbau), forming of textile webs (Swerea SICOMP and STFI) and the combination of the textiles with plastics into composite materials (Blatraden, NetComposites, and Swerea SICOMP).

The GreenLight research project was initiated by Södra and Innventia and is taking place within Bio-Based Industries, a partnership between European industrial companies and the EU. The four-year project has a budget of EUR 2.6 million and is coordinated by Innventia.

Published: 7th October 2015

Funding

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 667501.