Cost-efficient carbon fibres would enable increased replacement of steel with light carbon fibre composites in cars. This would in turn decrease fuel/electricity consumption of the car fleet. The vision of the GreenLight project is to utilise the pulp mill by-product lignin as raw material for such carbon fibres.
Aim and goal
The overall objective of GreenLight is to demonstrate a new bio-based and economically viable carbon fibre (CF) precursor – lignin – produced in Europe with European raw material.
The target is a cost-effective bio-based CF for use in reinforced composites delivering sufficient strength properties for large-volume automotive applications
The main challenge is to reach material properties meeting high-quality product demands.
The idea is to tailor kraft lignin properties already in the lignin separation/upgrading and optimise the lignin for target automotive applications.
Price & environment impact
Lignin-based carbon fibres
Coordinator, WP leader for 3 Workpackages: WP2 Stabilisation and carbonisation, WP5 Scalability and sustainability, WP7 Management
2 600 088 €