Global consumer demand is rising for greener, more customisable, and higher quality products. NOVUM addresses these demands by utilising renewable cellulose-based raw materials and manufacturing methods such as 3D printing that offer unlimited customisation properties producing little to no waste.
Innovative Production Technologies destined to:
reduce energy expenditure
decrease labour & logistics
lower environmental impact
promote regional production
encourage local raw materials
favour industry 4.0 & 3D printing
Enabling the exploitation of full design potential of form generation through
innovative fabrication processes applied to cellulose-based electrical insulation components.
The concept will be based on multipliable technologies, permitting the transition and wide
adoption for cellulose-based materials across the process
industry and for applications in other industrial areas.
- 3D printing of cellulose-based materials having thermoplastic features
- Foam forming of cellulose fibres
- Thermoforming of cellulose fibres
HORIZON 2020 WORK PROGRAMME:
Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (H2020-IND-CE-2016-17).
NOVUM will help renew Europe’s industrial capacities by creating information on the new kind of resource-efficient manufacturing lines and methods through demonstrating a novel process concept at pilot scale in one product area, electrical insulation components manufacturing.
NOVUM contributes “Towards a Circular Economy: A Zero Waste programme for Europe” goal relating to the specific challenge and scope of the topic SPIRE-09-2017: Pilot lines based on more flexible and down-scaled high performance processing. Pilot manufacturing line created during the project enables production of different kinds of customisable cellulose-based products in a cost and resource efficient way. EU contribution: EUR 6,480,353.13.
Our aim is to achieve both significant efficiency improvement and higher productivity and flexibility,
while ensuring lower capital and operation costs as compared with
the state-of-the-art process.
A GREEN REVOLUTION IN MANUFACTURING.
Industry 4.0 flexible workstations equipped with robots are becoming more popular. Part of this trend is the progressive introduction of smart robots to perform repetitive tasks, freeing up employees to assume functions requiring a greater skill or more tasks. Novel skills and new type of jobs are needed in the green economy and NOVUM intends to promote their generation by knowledge sharing, especially among the young people, still at school or in the early stages of their education or professional lives.
The new technologies evaluated in NOVUM are expected to have a high resource and energy efficiency, so the ambition of the project is to achieve great reduction ratios in consumptions and environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cellulose-based materials employed are potentially renewable and recyclable, helping to the sustainability and efficiency of resource consumption.
Inspired by the principles of Circular Economy and the SPIRE-PP association, strives to drive a local economy (resources and product consumption locally-based), firstly in its demonstration pilot plant and in the industries exploiting project’s results, strengthening the socio-economic tissue. Moreover, since the raw materials needed by the plant and the insulation products will be locally consumed, many indirect jobs up and downstream will be created.