Scientific, technological and other (social and environmental) progress: The successful implementation of DIAVAL project is expected to shift the design and production of these materials towards more innovative and knowledge based products, allowing the European industry to regain a competitive advantage. The market demand for increasingly competitive products will unlock the scientific and technological skills and capacities in EU and worldwide for more efficient products, enforcing the progress in the building materials vital sector, within the Circular Economy agenda. On the other hand, the utilization of an industrial waste for the production of an innovative product and the elimination of the relevant environmental impacts is related with the environmental and societal progress in Europe. This is expected to turn the scientific and technological interest and efforts to investigating the possible transfer of other industrial wastes to added value products for similar uses.
The social, economic, scientific impact of the project are summarized in the below.
- Utilization of waste and return to the production cycle as a high value added material in the context of the circular economy
- Developing products that have an impact on the building sector and benefits most of society
- Decrease of a waste with a simultaneous positive impact on the environmental footprint created by the deposition so far.
- Stimulate the economy by introducing new materials in the building material sector that increase competition and lead to lower prices
- Developing innovative materials by leveraging a number of companies wishing to mass-produce and sell them, creating growth conditions for the economy.
- Creating Net Added Value by investing and launching a high value-added product line and creation of a suitable environment for the further development of innovative building materials (geopolymers) companies in Cyprus.
- Low energy consumption for the development of geopolymers since the curing temperature is ambient.
- Reduced CO2 emissions compared to the cement and concrete industry
- The utilization of an industrial waste for the production of an innovative product and the elimination of the relevant environmental impacts is related with the environmental and societal progress in Europe.
- Real-life scale pilot implementation of a technology not yet implemented with this feedstock.
- Developing know-how and transferring it to the industrial level in the recovery of construction waste materials
- Training of scientists and staff in an interdisciplinary environment related to materials engineering.