The current demand for bio-based materials with tailored characteristics and optimised performance is high and rising. This includes demand for bio-based composites, in particular if they can be shown to have lower environmental impact compared to materials in use today. The innovation project Biocomposites promotes putting the Swedish biomass on a rapidly growing global market. The project stems from customer needs while addressing societal challenges. Between 2017 and 2021, the four sub-projects will focus on selected market segments with high demand: paper-bottles, moulded vehicle components, new prosthetics, new accessories and moulded components for furniture and interiors.
The project aims to promote the use of bio-based materials in Swedish composite production. Multi-disciplinary expertise and strong industrial participation promote the possibility of taking the results into full-scale demonstration and production.
Development of a paper-based bottle for carbonated drinks.
Biocomposites for personal products and services
Development of products and services around accessories and prosthetics in contact with human skin and where end-users require innovative solutions that include personalisation and expanded functionality.
Production of a link arm demonstrator manufactured using Advanced Sheet Moulding Compounds (ASMC) with at least 70% bio-based components, i.e. bio-based matrix and/or fibres.
Biocomposites for active meeting places
Generation of high-value furniture and interior elements prototypes made from side streams by establishing the production value chain and assessing the prototypes in the context of attractive meeting and workplaces.
Implementation and stakeholder constellation
The new composite materials are primarily based on Swedish forestry raw materials and agricultural by-products. The sub-projects range from technology development, such as additive manufacturing of nanocellulose, to the creation of new value chains for the purpose of commercialisation. The projects’ stakeholder constellations, featuring companies from different parts of the value chains, enable demonstration of results on a larger scale and increase the opportunities for faster implementation.
The four sub-projects, which are running independently, also participate in the sub-project Circularity and Coordination, whose main objective is to assess and describe how Biocomposites contributes to Sweden’s transition to a bio-based and circular economy, to social value and to strategic learning.
Project effects associated with the bioeconomy
In the transition to a bio-based and circular economy, biocomposites have significant potential to replace fossil-based materials in several areas. Production of new, innovative biocomposites would mean increased revenue for Swedish industry and would contribute to Sweden and the EU achieving their sustainability goals.
The project will run for three and a half years (2017-2021) and will be led by Dr. Marie-Claude Béland from RISE. The total budget for Biocomposites is SEK 53 million.
Dr. Marie-Claude Béland, RISE