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GREENBAS

Sustainable Fibres from Basalt Mining

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The GREENBAS project is about the feasibility of producing continuous basalt fibres from Icelandic basalt. The project was made possible with support from NordMin, with the aim to develop the Nordic mining and mineral industry.Geological investigations by Iceland Geosurvey have resulted in insight into locations of the most ideal materials. Work at Innovation Centre Iceland (ICI) led to the definition of the basalt properties required. ICI also analysed the business conditions for a start-up factory. The involvement of JEI has ensured industrial relevance in tandem with the contribution of the University of Reykjavik team in gaining an understanding of the importance of applications in building materials.The involvement of SINTEF Norway and VTT Finland was crucial. They provided their expertise to analyse the life-cycle of basalt fibres and the feasibility and need of artificial external components. On basis of this project, a new phase can be started: the preparations for establishing a continuous basal fibre factory in Iceland.

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Iceland has plentiful basalt resources, but their composition varies considerably. To use basalt for different kinds of applications, raw material processing is required. The objective of the VTT work within the GREENBAS project was to theoretically study Icelandic basalt modifications with different additives to adjust desirable oxide composition for the production of continuous basalt fibres.

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