The Lifeceram project's main objective is to reach the "zero waste" in the manufacture of ceramic tiles. In order to get it, it has developed a new type of ceramic tile for outdoor use (urban paving) that incorporates in the support and in the enamel, a high content of ceramic waste. To this end, it has been raised a manufacturing process of the support based on dry milling technology for the preparation of raw materials which has allowed the process to incorporate different types of waste ceramic granules.
The manufacture of this product gets a reduction in manufacturing costs compared to porcelain tiles. Considering a tile thickness of 15 mm, estimates indicate that the cost saving in the finished product is around 15 to 20%. This saving is mainly due to:
• Reducing the costs of grain, particularly in the concepts of raw material, being formed by a 100% support of ceramic waste.
• Energy costs by using a grinding process and dry granulation process instead of the current wet track.
In addition, this project agrees with the package circular economy adopted by the European Commission in December 2015, whose main objective is the more sustainably use of resources, and that specific measures will accrue to promote reuse and stimulate industrial symbiosis, making the products of an industry become the raw materials of another: It will also limit the deposit waste in landfills.
To establish indicators of interest and of the results of the project have been prepared the following surveys depending on the type of entity. We would be grateful if you could dedicate five minutes to give us your opinion:
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