- Effective Recycling of End-Of-Life Composites
- The NCC’s pedigree in the use of recycled composites will expand further to demonstrate even more manufactured applications. Recycled end-of-life composites have demonstrably lower environmental impact than virgin composites. Now the NCC will use its world-leading understanding of a range of recycling processes in commercially appropriate manufacture.
- Design for Sustainability
- The early decisions made when a product is being designed have major implications on its full-life impact on our planet. This project will expand on last year’s work to deliver Design for Net-Zero and Design for End-of-Life strategies, and a Design for Sustainability handbook.
- Towards Zero Waste Infusions
- Current infusion manufacturing processes create significant waste – in the wind energy sector this could be around 30% of wind turbine blade mass. This project will assess actionable methods for avoiding waste creation, and identify supply chains for repurposing unavoidable consumables and waste – all to demonstrate leadership in sustainable practices and lean manufacture.
- Recycling Composite Manufacturing Waste
- There are few reliable opportunities to re-use manufacturing waste at present, but last year’s Core research showed a few promising technical routes to achieve this. This year the project will demonstrate at least one of these routes, working alongside the supply chain.