ITC presented in Cevisama and Qualicer 2016 the ceramic tiles obtained from 100% waste of the ceramic industrial process
One of the main objectives of Lifeceram, according to researcher Javier Garcia Ten, Deputy Director of AICE -ITC and main responsible of the project: "In Lifeceram we set as our main objective to achieve a zero waste in the manufacture of ceramic tiles. This can save 20 % in the landfill, 30% energy and 65% in water consumption, in addition to emitting 30% less CO2 to the atmosphere.
To do this, the research team coordinated by the ITC, which includes ASCER and the companies Vernis, S.A.; KEROS, S.L., and CHUMILLAS & TARONGI, S.L., two main objectives were considered: first, the development of a new type of ceramic tiles for use outdoors, typically for urban paving, where they could be incorporated in both the support as in the enamel , a high content of ceramic waste.
"We have also considered" - says Javier García Ten- “the incorporation of other waste energy intensive processes such as thermal power stations or glass manufacturing.”
Moreover, Lifeceram has designed a process of preparing the highly sustainable support for the manufacture of the above ceramic tiles, based on the dry milling technology and able to recycle all types of waste ceramic granules.
"Lifeceram", explains Javier García, " includes the development of a new product from a perspective of life-cycle of the tile, and the quantification and characterization of all the waste generated in the manufacture of the ceramic tiles and companies related , i.e. , raw material suppliers , manufacturers of frits, glass and ceramic colours, facilities of ceramic polishing, and those from other industries whose energy intensive facilities are next (up to 100 km away) to the ceramic companies.
We have also developed designs of supports and glasses able to recycle all types of waste, and at a later stage we will try to extend the results of laboratory to the industries and determine the new process variables, expanding the dissemination of results both ceramics companies and public administrations, prescribers and the general public, especially for the tile manufacturers from other European countries, so that they can replicate.
In addition, the results of Lifeceram were disseminated in the XIV World Congress of Tile Quality, QUALICER 2016, attended this year for more than 600 participants from various countries. The results were disseminated through an oral communication: "Lifeceram: zero waste in the manufacture of ceramic tiles" and through a panel display at the stand of ITC in QUALICER.
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