Improving Recyclability of Thermoset Composite Materials through a Greener Recycling Technology, based on Reversible Biobased Bonding Materials

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Funding Source

European Commission - Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI – JU)


HORIZON 2020 - BBI-2020-SO2-R3 “Develop bio-based solutions to recycle composites”


June 2021 – May 2025 (48 months)

Total budget

5.230.049,63 €

Q-PLAN role


Contact person(s)

Dr Eirini Efthymiadou,



The VIBES project is a research & innovation action aiming to develop and demonstrate an innovative, greener, cost-efficient, and non-toxic recycling technology solution that resolves the end-of-life issues of thermoset composite materials, decreasing the amount of non-biodegradable polymers sent to disposal or discharged to the environment by at least 40%. Specifically, the main objectives of the VIBES project are:

  • Design and develop at least three 100% biobased bonding materials (BBM) for thermoset composites with tailored debonding functionalities.
  • Design and develop at least three 100% biobased thermoset composite materials.
  • Validate the thermoset composite materials with intrinsic recycling properties for optimum performance / cost ratio, in three high-demand industrial sectors: aeronautical, construction and naval industries.
  • Design and implement a green recycling technology at pilot semi-industrial environment to separate and valorise the composite components as new feedstocks for the development of new products.
  • Assess the life cycle impact of the developed products from environmental, social and economic point of view.
  • Develop an exploitation & IPR strategy for Key Exploitable Results.
  • Develop a Business Plan to demonstrate the commercial potential of the developed solution and describe how this potential will be realised.
  • Inform, promote, communicate and disseminate the project objectives, activities and results; engage stakeholders to create synergies.
  • Provide new knowledge and skills to industry, students and open society.

The VIBES consortium, led by AITIIP (Spain), is comprised of 13 partners across 7 EU member states (Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece):  3 Research & Technology Organisations and 1 University (AITIIP, LEITAT, DITF, University of Limerick), 7 Small and Medium Enterprises (Specific Polymers, BCIRCULAR, FLIPS & DOBBELS, IDEC, Juno Composites, ARCHA, Q-PLAN International), 1 Large Company (ACCIONA Construccion), and 1 Public Body (Teruel International Airport PLATA).

Q-PLAN responsibilities

Acting as Communication, Training and Stakeholders Manager in the project, for the:

  • Development of the communication, dissemination and training plan.
  • Implementation and monitoring of communication, dissemination and training activities, in collaboration with all consortium partners.
  • Management of the VIBES Stakeholders Board and its activities.

Elaboration of the Business Plan for the commercialisation of the VIBES technology, in collaboration with the industrial partners of the project.