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Data and knowledge platform for Circular Economy – the case of e-products

Background

Today, valuable minerals and metals are wasted because of the way we treat used or broken e-products. There are great environmental and economic benefits to look at how we can process our electronic products (e-products) when broken or replaced by a newer model.

The aim of the project

Develop a template and a platform for conveying data and knowledge shaped and targeted to the individual actors.  It will provide an inventory of e-product flows and their dynamics, including sales, import/export, use, lifetimes, stocks, end-of-life products/e-waste as generated, collected, and processed.

The platform will also contain data about the material and component composition of the flows, potentially reusable products and components, their value and location, identification of critical resources including precious and scarce metals

The platform can help to gain insight into how we can optimize the recycling of electronic products and the elements in which they consist. But also how this knowledge can be incorporated in the manufacturing methods – how can e-products be designed so that they can be recycled optimally and there therefore will be least loss of resources?

The project outcome

A data and knowledge platform is created, CE concepts and business models identified and that companies develop and make business based on this, and maybe new companies arise based on the developed models. Further that authorities and legislators benefit from the created data and knowledge in their provision of sound incentives for CE and that citizens and NGOs relate to and find their role in CE.

Contact

Work package leader: Henrik Wenzel, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology

Partners

Keshav Prajuly, Post doc, Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology
Dmitry Zhilyaev, Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology
Erik Skov Madsen, Associate Professor, SDU Engineering Operations Management, Department of Technology and Innovation
Søren Askegaard, Professor, Department of Marketing and Management
Johanna Gollnhofer, Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing and Management  
Niels Vestergaard, Professor, Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics

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