EuCIA participates in Eolian project’s kick-off meeting

EuCIA’s president Professor Roberto Frassine joined the first meeting of the EU-funded project Eolian – Bio-based, repairable and recyclable vitrimer composites and advanced sensors for highly reliable, sustainable wind blades.

EuCIA participates in Eolian project’s kick-off meeting

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The kick-off event on 12-13 June was hosted by project coordinator Proplast at its office in Alessandria, Italy. The consortium also includes Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Zorlu Holding (Turkey), IRES (Belgium), Norvento Enerxía (Spain), Tekniker (Spain), AEP Polymers (Italy), Entelea (UK), and Brunel University London (UK). EuCIA is leading the work package on Dissemination and Exploitation, which includes dissemination and communication activities, the exploitation activities, end-user/stakeholder engagement, and standardisation.

Eolian started on 1 June and will run for 42 months. The project website will be launched in September.

As a reminder, the Eolian project is aiming to develop wind turbine blades with a longer lifetime, greater reliability and easier maintenance, together with higher sustainability and recyclability. This goal will be achieved by using bio-based reparable and recyclable vitrimer composites with basalt fibres, and the integration of advanced recyclable sensors and actuators to enable structural health monitoring (SHM) of the blades. All the design phases will be supported by advanced multiscale modelling to ensure the highest performance level, and by life cycle assessment (LCA)-based environmental analysis to guarantee the most sustainable approach.

EuCIA is now a partner in three active EU-funded projects. The REFRESH wind turbine blade recycling project and MAXBlade, which aims to boost tidal energy production, both commenced in January 2023.

Innovation is an essential driver for the composites industry. Partnering in EU-funded projects expands EuCIA’s network of research, industry and policy stakeholders and provides valuable insights into future composites technologies and circular strategies.

Cover photo : The Eolian project (source: EUCIA).

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