On January 1st, 2024 FunGlass Centre started the implementation of a new Horizon Europe – Pathfinder project entitled EverGLASS – The New Role of Glass in a Sustainable Society. Technology for the Integral Recycling of Glass).
The project aims to develop the first lab-scale prototype of EverGLASS machine and demonstrate the proof of concept of ‘Glass Laser Morphing’ (GLM) as a feasible technology for recycling all glass waste into customized or technical products.
The project is coordinated by the research group LaserON of the University of Vigo, Spain. Consortium includes other five partners – FunGlass Centre; Institute of Ceramics and Glass of CSIC (Spain); European Science Communication Institute (ESCI) GGMBH Germany; Dairy Products Department of Actalia Association (France); Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM), Dept. TV of the Fraunhoffer Gesellschaft zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung EV (Germany).
The project implementation with financial support of € 2 961 225,00Eur (of which FunGlass@TNUAD 540 500,00Eur) is planned for 36 months, until 31 December 2026.
On 17-18 January 2024, Dušan Galusek, Andrea Chrastinova and Jozef Kraxner attended the project kick-off meeting at the premises of the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Vigo. The consortium members also had the opportunity to meet the EverGLASS project manager, Mr Antonios Fysekidis, from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). He joined the meeting virtually. He presented the expectations of the Agency and the administrative aspects of the grant agreement to the participants of the meeting.
The project has a total of 7 work packages, of which the FunGlass Centre is responsible for the implementation of WP5:Validating the obtained EverGlass products with the aim to characterize the objects prepared by the new laser morphing process from the point of view of their utility properties and aesthetic appearance.