The results pursued by the project are the following:
Increase of the production capacity from the current 75 m2/day of panels to the foreseen 1.500 m2/day.
Penetration in the European market. Thanks to its environmental benefits, the level of innovation and the replication potential, the project intended to enter different European markets. The product is now well known in Italy where is sold regularly. Positive demonstrations works have been carried out in Spain and new contacts have been developed in UK and France to create a network of distributors.
Achievement of a replication model. The consortium envisages replicating this eco-innovative production line in other European countries where market demand demonstrates to be high for this product. Both the process (thanks to the improvement and automation installed) and the product (thanks to the performance assessment and demonstration activities) are ready to be replicated.
Reduction of CO2-eq emissions through the use of recycled textile fibres in the production of the INSUL-ECO panels.
The use of the recycled textile fibres in the new INSUL-ECO panel results in the following environmental benefits:
Reduction of CO2 emissions by avoiding the burning of the textile-rubber residues (est. reduction of 3,6 tons of CO2-eq per ton of material not burned; Italian grid mix).
Improvement of environmental performance by using a recycled material instead of virgin raw materials. This leads to a reduction of CO2-eq emissions: 4,9 tons CO2-eq / ton of recycled textile fibre used (Italian grid mix).
Improvement of environmental performance related to the process itself. The process to produce textile fibres panels is basically at ambient temperature. Only for a short period of time it requires a temperature of 70°C. The consumption of energy could be estimated at 50 kWh/ton of textile fibres processed (including pre-treatment). The CO2-eq emission are 27,5 kg/ton of fibres processed (considering the Italian grid mix).
The chemicals used in the panel production are not considered hazardous at normal operating conditions (they are neither carcinogenic nor bioaccumulative and at normal temperatures are not toxic). The chemical’s CO2-eq emission (due to their embodied energy and usein the panels) is estimated at 0,7 tons / ton of textile fibres processed.
These data should be compared with the CO2-eq emission related to other virgin materials insulating panels. The main conventional alternatives are made with the following materials, for each one of which the equivalent CO2 emission is given:
rock wool /mineral wool panels, 1,1 ton CO2-eq per ton
glass wool panels 2,0 kg CO2-eq per ton
Polystyrene panels 3,2 ton CO2-eq per ton