Project FOREST: Lightweight materials for energy-efficient structures

The new FOREST project of Fraunhofer IFAM and partners will contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector by developing and implementing innovative bio-based polymers, additives, and recycled carbon fibers. The goal will be achieved by combining three key-drivers: reduce, recovery, reshape.

The consortium of FOREST (Advanced lightweight materials FOR Energy-efficient STructures) aims to providing new and innovative green composites for sustainable and safety transport applications. The aim is fully aligned with EU 2030 Climate and Energy challenges. Fraunhofer IFAM is involved in the design, synthesis, and development of new bio-based benzoxazines for the production of fiber-reinforced plastics with recycled carbon fibers. To this end, the experts will scale up benzoxazine formulations to be able to produce more and larger FRP components. Benzoxazines already exhibit intrinsic fire protection properties; in contrast, other matrix systems require large amounts of additives to reach these properties and meet the fire protection requirements of the particular industry and application.

The FOREST project is supported by the EU with 4.3 million euros. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 101091790.

New fiber reinforced composites for flame retardancy at Fraunhofer IFAM