Advanced lightweight materials FOR Energy-efficient STructures
FOREST will develop novel lightweight multifunctional biocomposites as a competitive alternative to conventional composites.
New chemistries will be developed based on bio-based materials (reactive and nonreactive polymeric systems and fire-retardant additives) in combination with fully recycled carbon fibre and EMI particles.
These biocomposite candidates will be obtained using one-shot manufacturing techniques, involving Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) processes to build and test prototypes (TRL5) with improved multifunctional properties (mechanical resistance, fire-retardant, EMI-shielding) for transport application.
FOREST will increase the focus area on the sustainability in Circular Economy (CE) by effective circularity solutions applied to multifunctional biocomposite constituents with >50% sustainable materials contained in lightweight products.
The FOREST project will contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector by developing and implementing innovative bio-based polymers & additives and recycled carbon fibres. The goal will be achieved by combining three key drivers: Reduce, Recovery, and Reshape.
The FOREST project has received €4.3 million in funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101091790.