The circular economy project Mineral wool waste back to loop with advanced sorting, pre-treatment, and alkali activation ”WOOL2LOOP” has received a substantial grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
The project aims at converting mineral wool from construction and demolition waste into new materials. In the project, mineral wool waste is recovered through geopolymer technology; the mineral wool geopolymer provides cement substitute raw material for new construction products. In addition, the project focuses on demolition process, sorting, analysing and processing of mineral wool waste.
WOOL2LOOP is Europe’s first EU innovation project that focuses exclusively on the recovery of mineral wool waste from the construction industry. In addition, the project is the first in the world aiming to commercialize mineral wool geopolymer. The innovation, recovering mineral wool waste by chemical alkali activation i.e. geopolymerization, is based on a scientific research finding by the Fibre and Particle Engineering Research Unit of the University of Oulu in 2014.
WOOL2LOOP is a 3-year project that starts 1st of June, 2019. The total budget for the project is EUR 6.7 million, of which EU funding amounts to EUR 5.3 million.
The project involves a total of 15 companies and research institutes, as well as extensive pilots and demonstrations across Europe. The project includes the world’s largest construction material producers and innovative start-up companies in the field of circular economy. The project is coordinated by Saint-Gobain Finland Oy, a construction product manufacturer with nearly 700 employees in Finland. Saint-Gobain Finland Oy is a part of Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world and one of the biggest mineral wool producer. The scientific coordinator of the project is University of Oulu.
Culmentor was involved in creating the WOOL2LOOP Horizon 2020 application and in the grant agreement preparation, and continues to support the project implementation.