Andaltec researchers have presented the progress of the LIFE Comp0live project at the International Congress on Biocomposites «Compolive Meeting» held in Nantes (France) on June 22. The researcher Francisco Javier Navas was in charge of publicizing the novelties of the project, led by Andaltec, which works on the development of biocomposites reinforced with olive pruning, with applications in the automotive and domestic and urban furniture sectors. The objective is to manufacture automotive components with the bioplastic developed in this project, in which Ford-Werke GmbH (Germany), the University of Jaén, Citoliva and Matricería Peña (Spain), Caliplast and Plasturgia (France) also participate.
Comp0live aims to value this by-product to turn it into a raw material on the market and also reduce CO2 emissions caused by practices such as burning pruning, which is still carried out today. One of the most significant advances presented is that, when this suitably treated olive pruning fiber is added to a polymer as reinforcement, a bioplastic material with a significant improvement in its properties is created. In addition, an innovative look and texture is achieved, even when it comes to recycled plastics. The researchers have so far made significant progress in developing the material and are currently working on scaling up manufacturing, where they have good prospects of success.
Click here to watch the video of the Compolive workshop