New project: Material and energy recovery of waste containing carbon fibres in pyrometallurgy


May 2020 marked the start of the joint project "CF Pyro – Material and energy recovery of carbon fibre-containing waste in pyrometallurgy".

The aim of the project is a comprehensive technological assessment of pyrometallurgical processes with regard to their suitability for the recycling of carbon fiber-containing waste. This includes laboratory and pilot-scale studies on the conversion of fibres in the process itself, as well as the handling (occupational safety) and prevention of respirable WHO-fibre emissions. Furthermore, possible effects on process integrity and quality of products will be examined. Besides project coordination, the work at TEER mainly focuses on the experimental design and characterisation of the thermal and emission behaviour of carbon fibre-containing residues.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Division 4.4 Thermochemical Residues Treatment and Resource Recovery of Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM). The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy provide funding over a two and a half-year period through Carbon Composites Leichtbau gGmbH within the Industrial Collective Research programme of AiF.