Data on energy consumption for exemplary process chains and sustainability assessment
While the economic optimization of CFRP process chains or CFRP value chains is a central component of many collaborative projects within the scope of the MAI Carbon BMBF Leading-Edge Cluster, the critical evaluation of eco-efficiency, in particular for key innovations, still needs to be addressed. This is precisely where the research activities of the MAI Enviro project come into play. Here, key technologies and process chains that have been developed within the “CC Production Systems” and “CC Design and Engineering” project networks will be critically evaluated with regard to their eco-efficiency and compared with today‘s more established composite manufacturing technologies and product life cycles.
Figure: Exemplary illustration of the life cycle phase of CFRP components
The cluster partners include product developers, technology and system developers, the supply and production industries, material producers and end users. The primary objective is to provide them with recommendations with respect to questions relating to energy consumption and sustainability assessment within exemplary process chains of a representative life cycle for the automotive sector.
Through relevant knowledge transfer, the key technology developers and CFRP suppliers can expand their development efforts in terms of harmonizing cost-effectiveness and eco-efficiency, for example within the “C Production Systems” project network, which in turn will lead to an enormous increase in competence and sustainable utilization. Ultimately, this will pave the way for the future provision of innovative, mass production-capable, economical and resource-efficient composite lightweight products, so that the overall vision of the MAI Carbon Leading-Edge Cluster may soon be within reach.