The Industrial Symbiosis Hub
Research & Innovation Hubs in Europe, with the support of EIT RawMaterials
A key factor for a circular society is industrial symbiosis in which industrial co-products are recycled and reused, thus contributing to ‘closing the loop’ of product life-cycles. While there are some dedicated study programmes on circular economy, industrial symbiosis still needs a thorough introduction in both industry and academia. The Industrial Symbiosis Hub, a project funded by EIT RawMaterials, was set up to answer this need.
The focus of the Industrial Symbiosis Hub is to gather industry, universities, and students to work on challenges in industrial symbiosis. Real-life challenges from the industry are presented to students in the shape of assignments and graduation projects. In return, companies get answers to their challenges based on the most recent academic insights.
Examples of sectors where industrial symbiosis can be applied are chemistry (e.g. exchanging materials), production engineering (e.g. recycling, remanufacturing), business (e.g. new business models) and law (e.g. liability issues between exchanging industrial partners).
The institutes involved are:
- University of Leiden (Netherlands)
- Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
- Ghent University (Belgium)
- Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT, Finland)
- MEERI (Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences)
The project’s industrial partners are CoolRec (Belgium), Circularise (Netherlands), and Resourceful BVBA (Belgium), which will give the project its valuable input from practice.
Within this project, CAPTURE will organise the Industrial Symbiosis Hub in Flanders. Feel free to contact us with ideas on student assignments within this project.
About EIT RawMaterials
EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT, a body of the European Union, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals, and materials sector along the value chain by driving innovation, education, and entrepreneurship.
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