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BIOntier

BreakIng FrOntiers in sustainable and circular biocomposites with high performance for multi-sector applications

Project details

Type of project
Innovation Action - Demonstration
Project focus
Bio-based polymers & plastics
Feedstock origin
Agri-food waste
Forestry waste
Feedstock type
Crop residues
Organic fraction of municipal solid waste
Project period
1 October 2024 - 30 September 2027
Status
Upcoming
CBE JU Contribution
€ 7 017 866
Call identifier
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2023

Summary

The need for renewable, eco-friendly materials is driving the increasing demand for bio-based composites. The sector is however facing many challenges linked to performance, production cost, affordability, environmental impact, and sustainability, among others.

BIOntier is addressing these challenges by creating sustainable and cost-effective multifunctional bio-based composites. The project aims to form a robust alliance and an integrated, industry-driven platform to design, develop, and manufacture these composites at scale. This will enhance the manufacturing process, improve synthesis and stability, lower the environmental impact, and support the EU's circular bioeconomy.                            

The bio-based composites developed by BIOntier will have enhanced thermal, mechanical and chemical properties, as well as corrosion and chemical resistance, hardness and mechanical resistance, high temperature and fire resistance, and structural health monitoring functionalities. The composites will have an improved performance benefitting four priority sectors: automotive, aerospace, energy (H2 economy), and water treatment.

  • Develop innovative and circular designs for sustainability, focusing on enabling circularity to address the end-of-life challenges in end-use sectors.
  • Implement the European Commission’s safe-and-sustainable-by-design framework.
  • Develop and validate highly innovative and sustainable materials for new scalable use cases.
  • Promote high-throughput manufacturing technologies and prototyping.
  • Implement sustainability assessment and end-of-life management strategies.
  • Accelerate awareness, innovation, and market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions.
  • Reinforce the integration of bio-based research and innovation throughout industrial bio-based systems.
  • Ensure the integration of circularity and environmental sustainability requirements, contributing to climate neutrality and zero pollution ambition in the development and implementation of bio-based research and innovation, while additionally facilitating societal acceptance.
     

BIOntier aims to generate economic growth, create jobs and industrial leadership, enhance environmental protection, and increase the European Union's industry competitiveness via these impacts: 

  • Strengthen human capital in research and innovation by disseminating the learned skills to students and engineers, furthermore, preparing training packages to be used for education and training.
  • Encourage the diffusion of knowledge and open science by fostering collaboration, accelerating innovation, offering transparency on the technical procedures, and promoting the involvement of society and end users in the co-creation of research and innovation agendas and contents.
  • Keep up with key technological trends by responding to the increased demand for cost-effective, energy-efficient, recyclable, and lightweight materials and improved manufacturing processes.
  • Create a high impact in the use of bio-based composites due to the involvement of relevant industrial players, such as the automotive and aerospace sectors.
  • Promote employment by addressing the need for the industries to stay competitive, investing heavily in research and innovation, as well as creating more skilled and high-quality knowledge jobs. The adoption of BIOntier technology in larger volume products would help to maintain these jobs and the industries to expand their activities.
  • Demonstrate the advantages of adopting bio-based composites from the perspectives of viability and sustainability by analysing the costs and market acceptance of the developed solutions to ensure a reduction in time-to-market.
  • Improve quality of life with safe and environmentally friendly technologies.
  • Enhance consumer experiences by extending component lifetime.
     

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Project coordination

  • IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS Irakleio, Greece

Consortium

  • FARPLAS OTOMOTIV ANONIM SIRKETI Kocaeli, Turkey
  • IRIS SRL Torino, Italy
  • CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA Orbassano, Italy
  • NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO Den Haag, Netherlands
  • POLYMERIS Bellignat, France
  • TUSAS-TURK HAVACILIK VE UZAY SANAYII AS Ankara, Turkey
  • GRAPHENEA SA San Sebastian Guipuzcoa, Spain
  • FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV Munchen, Germany
  • FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN (GIPUZKOA), Spain
  • RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB Boras, Sweden
  • FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION DE LA INNOVACION INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO EN LA INDUSTRIA DE AUTOMOCION DE GALICIA Porrino Pontevedra, Spain
  • MAIP COMPOUNDING S.R.L. Torino, Italy
  • DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV Koln, Germany
  • MATERIA NOVA Mons, Belgium
  • HYDROSOLID GMBH Wilhemsburg, Austria
  • CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA Barcelona, Spain
  • UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA Valencia, Spain
  • ETELATAR INNOVATION OU Tallinn, Estonia
  • FUNDACIO EURECAT Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona), Spain
  • AKSA AKRILIK KIMYA SANAYII ANONIM SIRKETI YALOVA, Turkey
  • FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES Nanterre, France
  • UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID Getafe (Madrid), Spain
  • FUNDACION BCMATERIALS - BASQUE CENTRE FOR MATERIALS, APPLICATIONS AND NANOSTRUCTURES Leioa, Spain
Partners
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom