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Circular Economy and Recycling Innovation Centre (CERIC)

Circular Economy and Recycling Innovation Centre (CERIC)

 

Circular Economy and Recycling Innovation Centre (CERIC)

 A joint venture between Teesside University and TWI, the Circular Economy and Recycling Innovation Centre was created in May 2020 to address the advancement of new disruptive technologies designed to help reduce industry’s reliance on finite resources and eliminate waste.  The new Centre builds on the partners’ 20+ years of research into environmental and sustainable engineering technologies, and will enable companies to lessen the impact their operations have on the environment.

Research and development (R&D) activity will examine areas such as recycling, re-use and re-manufacturing, with the aim of conceiving break-through systems and/or processes which will inform the closed-loop approach of the circular economy.  In addition, by concentrating on novel techniques that have less environmental impact, the new Centre will support operators of plant, machinery and equipment to extend the life-span of their assets through new approaches and solutions for recovery, repair and repurposing.

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Objectives

  • Create opportunities for industrial symbiosis to help close the materials loop by reducing the need for virgin raw material and waste disposal
  • Identify new concepts for recycling and reuse that match industry needs and turn them into viable projects at Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-6
  • Develop new processes and methods for materials breakdown and waste utilisation
  • Engage with UK and European supply and value chains to increase the take up of recycling and circular economy approaches to operational management
  • Leverage new industrial technologies and solutions through competitively won grant funding, enabling delivery of collaborative projects by consortiums comprising UK companies and European SMEs with complementary experience

Core areas

  • Industrial recycling methods and processes including materials extraction and recovery, waste breakdown and repurposing
  • Bio processing techniques and technologies to improve manufacturing methods and reduce waste
  • Re-manufacturing to enable resource efficient manufacturing, extending the life of components and their constituent materials to reduce energy use and emissions
  • Lean production methods to make components and products with a lower materials requirement
  • Asset life cycle management approaches to enable greater recovery, repair and repurpose

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