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Circular composites for a better tomorrow.

 

Made from up to 92% recycled material via our CO2 neutral material transformation technology.

Supporting the SDG’s

We’re fighting for the elimination of industrial composite waste by 2050.

Every year, we add 51 billion tons of #GHG to the atmosphere.

 

If we’re going to avoid a climate disaster, we have to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Getting from 51 billion to zero in just thirty years might be the most difficult thing humankind has ever accomplished.

– Bill Gates

It is one world.

 

And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands.

 

– Sir David Attenborough

50 million tons of wind blades by 2050 alone*.

 

What we’re experiencing is a wave of end of life for hundreds of thousands of installed wind turbine blades. If we look out to the year 2050, the composite waste from wind turbine blades alone coming off turbines is going to constitute 50 million metric tons.

 

–  Derek Berry
   NREL senior wind technology engineer

*The industry currently accounts for less than 10% of global fiberglass use.

We believe no composite product should be buried or burned and simply left for future generations to deal with. It’s our responsibility to do something better.

In the media today we can already find a clear example in the form of the wind blade. As turbines from the first great wave of wind power are reaching their end of their life expectancy, many are ending up in landfills where they are simply forgotten. 

Disposing of them in an environmentally-friendly way is quickly becoming an urgent problem that we must solve before the amount of people, politicians, and businesses that accept this as their truth grows. We’re not, nor will we ever be one of them.

Meet Continuum, and say hello to our innovative technology for Material Transformation and CO2 reduction.

We’re creating a world where composite materials never die, they simply, logically and efficiently are transformed into new and better products. Our aim for a not so far off future is a world where your new car could be made from parts of your old car and the interior of the aeroplane taking you on your summer holidays could easily have been a wind blade in its previous life. 

Our planet deserves, no, needs this, if we want to allow future generations to enjoy it.

First Green Factory Planned:

Port of Esbjerg, Denmark

One of the world’s premier offshore wind ports with full logistic integrations.

Our material transformation technology, a technical overview.

Feedstock in

Wind blades, automotive, marine, manufacturing waste (GRP+PUR)

 

We organise the transport and logistics of GRP/PUR end-of-life products and manufacturing waste to our factory According to our clients’ needs.

Material reclamation & reprocessing

Cutting, milling, breaking, screening, gravity-separating, sorting, sifting, cleaning, storing.

 

In our process, we mechanically transform & separate the feedstock materials back into their raw, basic materials. 

 

The system is prepared to optically sort-out formerly embedded carbon-fiber materials. 

 

All ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as any pollutants are separated and sent off for further recycling. 

Fibers

GRP, CFP, Others

 

The structural backbone of most feedstock materials, now cut to <20mm

PUR & Fillers

 

Originally the ‘formwork’ for the structural components, now ground to <1.5mm 

Binders

 

Epoxies & resins originally used to bond the components, now ground to <2mm 

H2O

Virgin Binders

Virgin fibers / PUR

(Optional)

Creating new composites

 

Here we create compound blends based on the classified, reclaimed materials together with virgin resin(s) and/or other formaldehyde-free additives. For special applications, we can also add (blend-in or layer-in) other virgin materials to create special product attributes such as fire-proofing, insulation, or sound attenuation and much more. 

Blend 1

 

Surface layer for the new finished panel.

 

Blend 2

 

Inner layer for the new finished panel.

 

Continuum Panel Production

 

This is where we produce our high-performing, environmentally friendly single or multi (2-3) layer panels. First, for each layer endless mats are formed from the precisely blended composite materials, then the materials are pre-compressed. A rigorous online, real time quality control (QC) system monitors all steps & parameters.

 

Next, the layers enter a high-pressure, heated, continuous-press resulting in the high-density panels. Final steps are more quality control and optional surface sanding.

The continuum 3 layer Panel

Made from up to 92% recycled materials!

Taking pole position in the global composites market will positively affect some of the world’s largest industries.

Automotive
In 1965, only 2% of a passenger car was average made of polymer materials. Today, over 17% of a new car is made of such materials. The rapid growth of the electric vehicles market and its demand for lighter construction will only accelerate this global trend.
Marine
The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has estimated that there are more than 6 million recreational boats in Europe alone. Because these Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) vessels are highly durable, the full effect due to end-of-life (EOL) disposal has, as yet, not been a major issue. But the time will come – well it is coming – when these boats reach the end of their lives and need to be disposed of.
Construction
11% of all carbon emissions in the world originates from embodied carbon emissions, or ‘upfront’ carbon that is more often than not associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole building lifecycle. Relatedly, the world's construction industries will be building the equivalent of another New York City every month for the next 40 years, making sustainable building materials a must.
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If you’re interested and would like to know more about continuum and our material transformation technology please feel free to contact us at:

hello@continuum.earth

As the musician Will.I.Am said “Waste isn’t waste until we waste it.”

Continuum makes composites for a better future, making waste from GRP & PUR a thing of the past.

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