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R-ECOCAR - Renewable Composite Solutions for Solar-Powered Cars

Duration:
6 months (2023 - 2024)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
PNRR – Mission 4
Funding body:
MINISTERO (MUR)
Project identification number:
CN00000023
PoliTo role:
Partner

Abstract

The project aims to use recycled carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) to produce 2 large automotive components, such as front bumper and rear tail of Emilia5 solar-powered vehicle built for the World Solar Challenge. These parts have an aerodynamic function, should host the front and back lights, beside possibly including the concomitant lamination of solar cells on top. CFRPs are increasingly popular materials because of their lightweight and superior mechanical performance. Unfortunately, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) CFRP parts clearly marks them as non-sustainable. Introducing this class of materials into a circular economy is thus paramount to reduce their overall carbon footprint and comply with EU regulation for vehicles. Validation of waste reuse in new applications is still one of the highest challenging issues in CFRPs recycling. The project's outcome will be the 2 components manufactured in recycled and virgin material and a dataset about the recyclability of the material.

People involved

Departments

Partners

  • ALMA MATER STUDIORUM UNIVERSITA' DI BOLOGNA - Coordinator
  • POLITECNICO DI BARI
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_11 - Sustainable design (for recycling, for environment, eco-design)

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 9. Costruire un'infrastruttura resiliente e promuovere l'innovazione ed una industrializzazione equa, responsabile e sostenibile

Budget

Total cost: € 265,830.00
Total contribution: € 239,000.00
PoliTo total cost: € 38,055.00
PoliTo contribution: € 34,000.00