The circular economy is implemented in the industrial sector through the recycling of carbon fibres


One of the main challenges facing the industrial sector and most economic activities in recent years is Recycling Raw materials and waste management, in many cases highly polluted. The reflection of this situation is found in the international agreements that have been attempted to be adopted, such as those concluded within the framework of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, with the aim of curbing Global Warming that occur with the massive emissions of carbon dioxide in the most developed and industrialized countries.

Within this framework, there is a new trend of recycling highly polluting materials that has set its sights on one of the sectors with the largest volume of emissions: industry. Without going any further, the Spanish industrial sector generates more than 30 million tons of waste annually, as carbon fibre One of the main compounds of this waste. Every year more than 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide are emitted in waste carbon fiber composites in the world.

Carbon fibers are used in automotive design, ships, aircraft, spacecraft parts, bicycle rims, fishing rods, car springs, ship masts, windmill blades (wind power), laptop cases, pocket wallets, and watches. In other words, it is present in many manufacturing processes for everyday use products and materials.

The problem arises when it comes to giving new life to used carbon fiber. “The Fermat project goes beyond treating industrial waste. It is about creating a new ecosystem with all our customers and partners, as natural resources are running out and we must be ready to do without them. We are fully aware of this situation and have chosen to design the future of recycling materials by offering a recyclable and recyclable solution,” he says. Benjamin Saadehfounder and CEO of Fairmat, about the new solution proposed by this company for managing carbon fiber waste.

The main disadvantage of this material is that its high resistivity and durability make it difficult to recycle. Currently, most carbon fiber waste ends up in landfills or is incinerated, emitting huge amounts of it Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere, estimated at more than 20,000 tons annually worldwide. Meanwhile, the amount of waste generated by the industrial sector in Spain exceeds 30 million tons annually, and carbon fiber is one of the main components of this waste.

Cost reduction thanks to reuse

in this meaning, Translate Develop a solution for efficient recycling of materials that are virtually carbon neutral. Thanks to this, higher quality composite materials are widely available and accessible to more industries, due to their cheaper cost.

Specifically, this innovative recycling process relies on a mechanical solutionSince instead of shredding the material as usual, production scraps and industrial waste are cut, ensuring their mechanical properties, allowing to recover 70% of the basic qualities with very low energy consumption, significantly reducing carbon emissions during the process.

This process makes it easy to apply to other sectors such as wind, construction, automotive or consumer electronics, among others. In addition, this solution becomes a strategic ally in the current economic context of inflation for many industries – such as the automotive industry, manufacturers of sports equipment or consumer electronics, among others – since Reduce production costs Significantly and, on the other hand, responds to the increase in raw material prices encouraged by logistical and supply difficulties.

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