The joint project CELLUN, consisting of six project partners and one associated partner, started on January 1st, 2022 and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in its Lightweight Construction Technology Transfer Program. The program runs for three years and will end by December 31st, 2024.
Multifunctional, sustainable, and robust – Cellun, a fiber-reinforced composite material based on cellulose for consumer goods – manufactured in Germany.
With several billion tons, cellulose is the most common biopolymer on earth and, with an annual production through biosynthesis of around 75 billion tons, represents an almost inexhaustible resource.
The CELLUN project partners are mainly focussing on renewable, regional resources and sustainable recycling.The goal is to replace conventional petrochemical-based fiber-reinforced plastics with bio-based recyclable composites. This means becoming independent of mineral oil and will enable a high level of recyclability through re- and downcycling due to to the use of a thermoplastic matrix. The characteristics of the composite consisting of cellulose-reinforced fibers and a matrix based on modified cellulose are very promising – imaginable as a new material for the automotive industry as well as for applications in architecture, design and furniture or in the sports and leisure industry.