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Limassol, Cyprus – The Anagennisis project "Innovative Reuse of All Tyre Components in Concrete", funded by the Framework Programme (FP7), started on Monday (20 January) at the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK), in Limassol, reported The Famagusta Gazette.
Addressing the event, Minister of Communications and Works Tasos Mitsopoulos said: "The project [is] aimed at developing innovative solutions to reuse all by-products of tire recycling … in high added value innovative concrete applications, which would also have a high positive impact on the environment, especially for Cyprus, where there are currently limited applications for end-of-life tires.”
Mitsopoulos said his Ministry supports the Anagennisis project, since it is expected to provide breakthrough innovations in novel technologies and products with high potential to achieve a greener economy and reduced waste production.
He said the project, with a total budget of around €4.5m, is funded by the ‘last environment call’ of FP7 and will last for 42 months. It began on 1 January.
The consortium of the project includes 17 academic and industrial partners from eight countries, including the European Tyre Recycling Association and two Cypriot partners, namely TEPAK and Zebra General Constructions Ltd.
Mitsopoulos noted that the Republic of Cyprus has also participated in "EcoLanes", a three-year FP6 STREP project, completed in September 2009, which could be considered as Anagennisis’ predecessor project, adding that the Public Works Department of the Ministry of Communications and Works was engaged in the project consortium.
He said Ecolanes’ main aim was to develop infrastructure for surface transport using cost-effective and sustainable long lasting rigid road pavement, made with steel fibre reinforced concrete, rather than flexible (asphalt) pavements. The steel reinforcement was developed from fibre reinforcement obtained from waste (end user’s) tires.
The Public Works Department, he noted, was actively involved in exploring the potential of long lasting rigid road pavement construction and use in Cyprus.
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