GREENBAS - Sustainable Fibres from Basalt Mining
Six partners: Innovation Center Iceland, Reykjavik University, Iceland Geosurvey (ÍSOR), Íslenskur jarðefnaiðnaður, SINTEF (Norway) and VTT (Finland).
Coordinator at ÍSOR: Hjalti Franzson, geologist
The project is financed by NordMin
The GREENBAS project intends to assess the feasibility of producing continuous basalt fibres from Icelandic basalt. The project was made possible with support from NordMin, aiming to develop the Nordic mining and mineral industry. Geological investigations by Iceland GeoSurvey have located sights where suitable basalt is available. 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 for artificial external components.
On the basis of this project, a new phase can begin with the potential to establish a continuous basalt fibre factory in Iceland.