This project relates to Tasks 3.3.1 “Future raw materials: upgrade of earth-abundant and secondary minerals” and 3.4.3 “Design of sustainable value chains for Made-in-Italy sectors” of the Made in Italy Circolare e Sostenibile (MICS) Extended Partnership project.
Key elements of the project
In large-volume industrial production, it is needed to drastically improve resource efficiency and to reduce the carbon footprint through green processes and new formulations, whilst optimizing the use of raw and secondary materials. The challenge is to valorise industrial minerals, low-cost metals, mineral waste, natural and industrial residues of various origins, which are difficult to reuse The goal is to transform them into new products for various applications, aimed at improving the Made-in-Italy supply chains (ceramics, textiles, cosmetics, transport, safety, etc.).
Valorisation of industrial minerals, waste and by-products of various origins (natural and synthetic) and composition (ceramic, organic, natural and synthetic fibers) through sustainable processes and eco-design of products and functional materials (ceramics, geopolymers, composites, coatings). Implementation of resource efficiency in the design of materials and processes.
The project will be broken down into the following complementary activities, each with identified leading Partner:
Lab-scale technological feasibility (TRL4) of industrial waste and CDW recycling in geopolymer-based components and ceramic tiles.
Methodology to assess the sustainability of the ceramic tile supply chain and experimental application of resource efficient batches (TRL4).
Search for domestic mineral resources for ceramics: Catalogue and Atlas of Italian deposits (TRL3).
Assessment of circular economy solutions for industrial wastes (TRL 2).
Other results will fall within TRL 1 and TRL4.
Project progress will be regularly monitored by reporting measurable indicators every 8 months.