A logic of sustainable development
SSUCHY aims at exploiting the intrinsic and differentiating properties of plant fibres and biopolymers derived from lignocellulosic feedstock to develop fully bio-based composites with improved functionalities. The main driver behind this project is not only to substitute conventional fossil-based materials with more sustainable bio-based ones but also to achieve improved functionalities that surpasses those of fossil-based ones. Enhanced functionalities are, in addition to load-bearing resistance and weight reduction of structures, enhanced durability, vibration damping, vibro-acoustic control and fire retardancy while retaining an essentially recyclable and, for certain applications, biodegradable character. Such developments would provide to the composite industry a significant value and functions added products with high socio-economic impacts and minimized environmental impact. It will create opportunities to expand market applications for bio-based composites to semi-structural and functional applications in transportation along with new opportunities in high value niches.
The use of plant fibres is increasing outstandingly and demand is expected to grow by 300 % over the next 25 years.
From lignocellulosic feedstock to bio-based composites with advanced functionalities for transportation and high value market niches
48 months, from September 2017 to August 2021
Total cost: 7,411,150.71 €
BBI JU contribution: 4,457,194.75 €
partners from 7 countries
SSUCHY benefits from a contribution of 4,45 million euros from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU), a public-private partnership between the European Union and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC), operating under the European Horizon 2020 program.
The objectives of BBI JU are : to contribute to a sustainable, low carbon and profitable economy; to increase economic growth and employment, especially in rural areas, by developing competitive biosourced industries in Europe.
A LARGE SCALE MULTI-STAKEHOLDERS PROJECT
SSUCHY brings together 17 European partners:
- Coordinator: Université de Franche-Comté – FEMTO-ST (France)
- IAR, The French Bioeconomy Cluster (France)
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
- University of Bristol (United Kingdom)
- Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – ENSCP (France)
- Stockholms Universitet (Sweden)
- École Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tarbes (France)
- AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals BV (Netherlands)
- Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale Srl – Marzotto Spa (Italy)