Project Leader: Professor Adisa Azapagic
Project Duration: January 2012 - January 2013.
Funding Value: €2m.
Funding Source: European Commission
This €2m project funded under the EU LIFE+ programme is developing light-weight magnesium-based structural elements that can be used in place of automotive parts made of steel or cast iron. Use of such components would result in a substantial (65%) weight reduction of cars leading to reduced fuel consumption and carbon footprint from cars.
The Sustainable Industrial System group is using LCA to estimate the carbon footprint and energy use of the Mg-based and conventional car components to evaluate the potential benefits of the new materials.