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Cayley project develops green composite for transport sector

PRW staff
Posted 9 August 2013

A European consortium of composite experts from Germany, Spain and Belgium has developed a environmentally friendly composite for the transport sector.

Dubbed the Cayley project, it has developed eco-panels that can be used for sidewalls, ceilings, and fairings, compartments in the interior of aircraft, trains, busses and ships. The consortium says  the panels do not contain the hazardous materials used in common panels,( such as phenolic resins and glass fibres) and are light-weight, which helps saving fuel by reducing  the mass of the vehicles.

It said that one of the most promising challenges fulfilled by the project has been the reduction in the processing time required for panel manufacturing. This has allowed a reduction in energy consumption and the consequently benefits for the environment regarding CO2 emissions.

Moreover, the use of some raw materials, such as natural fibres, resins from renewable resources and polymers that are recyclable and biodegradable, has allowed the production of final products with lower environmental impact than the currently used in these transport applications.

The project is co-funded by the European Union within the CIP Eco-Innovation initiative of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.

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