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SSUCHY-Next

Developing the supply chains for industrial hemp fibre and bio-based resins towards high performance circular bio-based composites

Project details

Type of project
Innovation Action - Demonstration
Project focus
Bio-based polymers & plastics
Feedstock origin
Agri-food waste
Forestry waste
Feedstock type
Lignin & wood residues
Project period
1 September 2024 - 31 August 2028
Status
Upcoming
CBE JU Contribution
€ 6 735 747,25
Call identifier
HORIZON-JU-CBE-2023

Summary

The SSUCHY-Next project builds upon its predecessor, SSUCHY, which developed the hemp fibre supply chain and bio-based epoxy resin. Recognising the need to advance beyond SSUCHY’s achievements, SSUCHY-Next seeks to elevate various aspects of the hemp fibre supply chain to TRL 7, a significant step towards industrial viability. This includes scaling up the production of hemp fibre products, from field extraction to composite materials. 

SSUCHY-Next addresses the challenge of the limited availability of bio-based polymer matrices, crucial for sustainable composite production, by focusing on three bio-based polymer systems and aiming for high bio-content and recyclability: bio-based acrylic polymer ('Elium®') with very high bio-content, fully bio-based benzoxazine, and fully bio-based BG-epoxy, building upon the system developed in the first SSUCHY project. 

The project aims to demonstrate the use and environmental benefits of the new bio-based polymer matrices in wind turbine blades, leather replacement materials, and construction materials, such as façade cladding panels. The project will pay particular attention to recyclability of the new materials and products, ensuring the sustainability of the bio-based solutions.

Through a series of focused objectives, SSUCHY-Next aims to revolutionise material performance and manufacturing processes, by:

  • Developing the hemp fibre supply chain to produce fibres with high mechanical potential, across regions with diverse climates.
  • Advancing the development of bio-based and circular matrices, focusing on bio-based thermoset resins such as epoxy and benzoxazine, sourced from lignocellulosic biomass, while also enhancing bio-based thermoplastic resin Elium® for increased sustainability and recyclability.
  • Evaluating and improving the quality, compatibility, and durability of newly developed hemp fibre preforms and bio-resins at the composite level.
  • Optimising structural damping, understanding non-linear material behaviour, and enhancing the fire, smoke and toxicity performance of bio-composites for various applications.
  • Producing 95% bio-based composite materials, with fibres and wood scaffolds being 100% bio-based and aiming for at least 90% bio-based resin. This includes creating a 12.6m long bio-based wind turbine blade, optimising manufacturing processes, and comparing performance and carbon footprint with traditional counterparts.
  • Developing wood-based composites to optimise low-emission polymer modified wood composites and to replace glass-based, metal, and leather materials in the automotive and construction sectors.
  • Demonstrating large-scale building and construction applications of circular bio-based composites, optimising manufacturing processes and reducing the environmental footprint.
  • Proving improved life cycle assessment (LCA) and circularity of bio-composites, supported by demonstrated recycling options, employing prospective LCA for future scenarios and setting up recycling technologies without damaging natural fibre reinforcement.

Through rigorous monitoring and adherence to Open Science practices, SSUCHY-Next aims to maximise its impact and pave the way for a greener future in composite materials by:

  • Advancing the sustainable and circular bio-based composites sector with fully circular hemp fibres and environmentally sound wood-based scaffolds in bio-resins.
  • Facilitating market uptake of scalable bio-based solutions and allowing farmers, converters, and textile companies to enter the hemp fibre and bio-resins markets.
  • Ensuring availability of bio-based fibres, resins, and additives at scale by demonstrating ingredient production. 
  • Advancing the design for sustainability and circularity, showcasing the recyclability of all products through mainly mechanical recycling routes to preserve fibre reinforcing capacity.
  • Addressing production issues across all applications to reduce the impact of manufacturing, particularly through modelling-supported strategies for wind turbine blade manufacture.
  • Setting sustainable bio-based resins as the standard, replacing petro-based systems, and furthering the recyclability of circular bio-based composites to significantly reduce pollution on a large scale.

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Project coordination

  • KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN Leuven, Belgium

Consortium

  • ECO - TECHNILIN SAS VALLIQUERVILLE, France
  • UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE TARBES TARBES, France
  • UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE Besancon, France
  • BIOECONOMY FOR CHANGE Barenton Bugny, France
  • NPSP BV DELFT, Netherlands
  • OLSEN WINGS A/S ODDER, Denmark
  • SAS WOODOO Paris, France
  • MATERIA NOVA Mons, Belgium
  • CENTRE TECHNIQUE DES INDUSTRIES MECANIQUES Senlis Cedex, France
  • DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • ARKEMA FRANCE SA Colombes, France
  • HEMP-ACT LACAPELLE MARIVAL, France
  • ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE MECANIQUE ET DES MICROTECHNIQUES Besancon Cedex, France
  • COMMUNAUTE D' UNIVERSITES ET ETABLISSEMENTS UNIVERSITE BOURGOGNE - FRANCHE - COMTE BESANCON, France
  • TERRE DE LIN SOCIETE COOPERATIVE AGRICOLE SAINT-PIERRE-LE-VIGER, France
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT Delft, Netherlands
  • LINIFICIO E CANAPIFICIO NAZIONALE SRL SOCIETA' BENEFIT Valdagno, Italy
Partners
  • BITREZ LIMITED WIGAN LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom