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 utilise 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. The initiative is of great significance in terms of access to bio-based products in a future bioeconomy.
GreenLight runs July 2015 – June 2019 and has nine partners from four countries.