European research network Eureka has launched a project to design an industrial system capable of creating fine mineral fibres from ceramic materials, using a super-hot plasma jet reactor.
This could convert materials such as sand, dolomite and glass waste into an "ultra thin mineral fibre used for wide range applications", according to a Eureka.
These could include thermal insulation for the building industry, high temperature insulation, decorative coatings and a substrate for catalytic converters.
The plasma reactor system would be simpler, said the note. This project has a launch budget of €350,000, but funding is expected to grow once additional research partners participate.
It is scheduled to last until 2008 and is currently led by the Lithuanian Energy Institute.