Effective reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of non-renewable material resources is a critical area for research in a world climate change and increasing resource-scarcity.
In Circular Economy (CE) closing the material loops starts from the material design and detailed analysis of the materials and products during their life cycle. High-added-value materials needed for ICT, transportation and renewable energy applications are often complex hybrid materials of metals/plastic composites primarily designed for high performance, rather than for easy recovery and reuse.
The CloseLoop research project took a multi-disciplinary approach towards closing the loops of high-added-value materials in the secondary circle of the materials flow. The project combined social studies on consumer behaviour, public acceptance and effective policy measures with high-level material design and life cycle design.
The consortium partners from Aalto University, VTT and the University of Helsinki bring in expertise on technical innovations, business models and societal behavior. In addition to the scientific findings and key enabling technologies to be developed, they will transfer the new knowledge gained to the relevant current and potential industrial actors, as well as turn it into easily usable information for decision makers and the general public in order speed up the transition to circular economy.
The project is part of the programme ‘A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland’. The CloseLoop project received funding from Strategic Research Council.
The project has ended and this page will no longer be updated.