Cradle-to-Cradle Composites: EIT-RM upscaling project for the automotive

The C2CC Project

  • Warm press

    ENEA warm pressing pilot line

  • Prepreg production

    ENEA prepreg pilot line

  • 2019 bonnet demonstrator lamination

    Performed in AM Composites

  • Closed loop production and recycle of PMC

  • Project demonstrator: 500 Abarth bonnet

    Bonnet to be produced in recyclable PMC

  • Gaiker prepreg pilot line

  • Composite prototype bonnet

CO2 emissions regulation force car manufacturers to aim at significant weight reduction, which seems possible only through extent substitution of metals with Polymer Composite Materials (PMC).

Currently, PMC are only used for luxury cars due to high costs, and cannot be considered fully environmentally friendly, due to wastes associated to these production (up to 30% by weight of prepreg is wasted) and non-recyclability.

C2CC project will focus on these drawbacks, employing recyclable fibers together with recyclable and biobased polymers.

 

C2CC project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of these solutions on real automotive components, which will be produced employing current industrial facilities (prepreg lamination+autoclave processing).

Moreover C2CC will assess environmental benefits of the new solution (which are expected in term of lower embodied energy and C-emissions) through LCSA analysis.

An automotive supplier, together with CRF (FCA research center) will engineer and produce these components. Qualification will be performed to demonstrate compliance with automotive industry expectations.

 

Lates News

Open Day postponed due to COVID-19

Posted on May 5, 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of participants, the Open day of the ENEA TEMAF laboratories, previously scheduled for May 11th, 2020 will be postponed to a later date. Updates will be communicated as soon as possible.

The project activities are still advancing in line with time plan, by adopting social distancing measures.

Now, more than ever, the automotive industry needs innovative and sustainable lightening solutions, like those C2CC project is developing.