Carbon Cleanup: Pioneering Carbon Fiber Recycling for a Sustainable Future

Carbon Cleanup's Mobile Recycling Unit

Carbon Cleanup GmbH, a Linz-based start-up founded in 2020, is making waves in the field of sustainable innovation. The company has developed an advanced technology for recycling carbon fibers from industrial waste, effectively contributing to the circular economy. With the guidance of patent law expert Udo Gennari, Carbon Cleanup successfully patented its groundbreaking recycling innovation, securing a pivotal role in the RECREATE project.

RECREATE project ambitions aligns with Carbon Cleanup’s mission to process carbon fibers from industrial waste and repurpose them for various applications, such as injection molding and 3D printing. As one of two technological recycling SMEs in the project their role will be the mapping at EU level of existing composite waste, and the selection and supply to other partners of EoL parts (including complex multimaterial FRCs) in suitably agreed geometries/sizes to allow subsequent remanufacturing activities. In addition, they will also be involved in technology and recycled materials validation, benchmarking the RECREATE project results with solutions currently present on the market.

Carbon Cleanup’s patented recycling technology, the mobile recycling unit, boasts international applicability and has been instrumental in the company’s participation in the RECREATE project. This innovative technology is central to transforming fiber-reinforced plastics into a recyclable material. Carbon Cleanup obtained a patent in Austria, with international patents currently in the process of approval in key markets. During the duration of RECREATE project Carbon Cleanup will further develop the recycling strategies for carbon composites together with project partners and potential customers. It is expected that Carbon Cleanup can grow its technology competences into further business models.

Carbon fibers are widely known for their exceptional strength, lightweight properties, and resistance to chemicals and corrosion. However, recycling these materials has historically posed significant challenges. With the implementation of regulations prohibiting the disposal of fiber-reinforced plastics in landfills, innovative solutions like Carbon Cleanup’s technology are now more critical than ever.

Carbon Cleanup’s pioneering contribution to the RECREATE project underscores the company’s dedication to sustainability and environmental responsibility. As the project progresses, it is expected to significantly impact the recycling landscape and the broader industrial sector, offering innovative solutions for repurposing fiber-reinforced plastics and reducing waste. 

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