D8.4 Summary of Tools Developed through Ecobulk

The project considered all aspects of a product’s lifecycle and how and where improvements could be made to increase the circularity of products.  This included design, circular materials, component manufacture, product use, product life extension and materials recovery and testing circular business models.  As part of the project, tools were developed both as an explicit objective of ECOBULK, and in supporting the delivery of project objectives.  A summary of these tools is provided here.

D7.6 Legal and Regulatory, Environmental and H&S Requirements

This document aims to summarize the main policies, regulations and legislation in Europe on the use of recycled or reused materials in the automotive, furniture and building sectors; it will explain the health and safety requirements for consumers and company workers who introduce these recycled or reused materials into their processes, as well as the environmental and social issues surrounding this.

D7.3 Environmental technology verification

This deliverable is an outcome of Subtask 7.2.3, the aim of which is to validate the environmental performance and claims of ECOBULK solutions through the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme. The objective of ETV is to promote environmental technologies by providing technology developers, manufacturers and investors access to third-party validation of the performance of innovative environmental technologies.

D7.1 Design and optimisation of the whole Circular Supply Chain

This report describes the industrial ecology system approach through Material Flow Analysis, the aim of which is to systematically analyse the mass and energy flows within a system defined in space and time. MFA is a supporting tool for industrial symbiosis studies and is complementary to Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing. In this preliminary version of the deliverable, the goal and scope of the analysis have been defined, together with the boundaries of systems under study.

D5.5: Characterization and selection of materials from MBW and ELV for recycling

This report describes the results obtained through the collection of materials from MBW and ELV, the analytical protocol adopted for their characterization and the results obtained from this activity, and the lab-scale tests performed to obtain recycled samples from these materials.

D5.4 Solutions of the final sorting of End-of-Life Vehicle Shredder Light Fraction

This document describes the actions, which have had done during the execution of subtask 5.3.2. Solutions of the final sorting of End-of-Life Vehicle Shredder Light Fraction.
It corresponds to the deliverable 5.4. and defines the different steps, trials and techniques we have developed to obtain a final product or material ready to use in other applications, as well as the interaction to other companies and the difficulties we have found.

D5.3 Solutions for the final sorting of Bulky Waste

This deliverable describes the current bulky waste streams and technologies utilized for the wooden, fibre and plastic fraction of the municipal bulky waste and their potentially integration in the circular material supply chain of ECOBULK. In order to evaluate the streams, five sorting tests were made with material from German bulky waste collection stations. Advanced sensor-based sorting solutions such as NIR and x-ray technologies were used to recover recyclables from the bulky waste streams which are currently often incinerated or landfilled. Major technical challenges are the heterogeneous and varying composition and the handling due to size and geometry of the bulky waste. The optimal balance of achievable recovery rates and high purities without compromising the technical and economic feasibility of the final products is addressed.

D5.1 Report on collection and reverse logistics optimization - KPIs identification

The reverse logistics chain has a greater complexity in comparison with the forward logistics mainly because its higher level of uncertainty and higher costs. On the contrary, products obtained are low-value. Thus, consequently, most of the companies in these sectors do not develop recycling and reusing activities.
In order to change this scenario, the first task is to develop a deep analysis of the different activities involved in the reverse logistics, which will allow identifying the key performance indicators (KPIs) in each case. 

D4.4 Demonstration plans

This report presents planned activities with end users on demonstrating ECOBULK circular solutions and how to contribute to “closing the loop” of composite products in three sectors; automotive, furniture and building by promoting greater re-use, upgrade, refurbishment and recycle of products, parts, and materials.

D3.4 Report on material conditioning processes

This deliverable, titled “Report on material conditioning processes” aims to find the best process to enhance recovered material stream. The deliverable will be based on the material (samples, solvents, equipment for separation) and methods (chemical separation with DMSO) for fibres and plastic cleaning; and the materials (samples, DBD plasma equipment and microbiological material) and methods (DoE of DBD plasma treatment, contact angle measurement and microbiological methods) for the surface activation for reuse.

D2.5 Connection and fastener Toolbox

The Fastener Finder was created for D2.5, for designers to compare all fasteners on all properties. The Fastener Finder shows engineering information, lifecycle costs and circularity properties, which makes it possible to find the most environmental and economical fastening solutions for any particular problem.

D2.4 Report on Design Circular Framework Setting

This deliverable will set design requirements that make products more easily repairable and longer-lasting. Besides, it will ensure that the materials and components of a product can be more easily re-used, refurbished and recycled, and finally, it will ensure that products are free of hazardous or problematic substances, which can hamper re-use or recycling efforts.

D2.3 Material and manufacturing process selection criteria

The main objective of this deliverable is to support the adoption of product design for the circular economy by European manufacturing organizations (including composite manufacturers) in the early stages of design, notably addressing design for modularity, durability, re- manufacturing and re-cycling through material and manufacturing process selection.

D2.2 Design strategies and tools, Final Version

This report sets re-examines the design guidelines with expert interviews and offers a comprehensive analysis on the application of the guidelines in the re-design of the Ecobulk demonstrator products.

D2.2 Report on design strategies and tools, V1

This report sets out a framework of design strategies to use when developing composite products for a circular economy and describes the initial outcomes of the task 2.2 “Development of design strategies & tools” of the EcoBulk project.

D2.1 Report on baseline description

The deliverable brings an overview of the EcoBulk consortia knowledge on the current design considerations, materials choices, value chain, and end users of the selected baseline products/components. The work performed represents an essential starting point for establishing and evaluating future improvements with respect to the current state of the art.

D8.5 Report on Standardization

This deliverable contains the identification and analysis of the standardization technical committees (TCs) related to the project as well as of the published standards and standards under development that can be useful and relevant for the project activities. Furthermore, it can help in the future to identify standardization gaps that might be addressed – wholly or partially – by the results of the project.

D1.5 Data Management Plan

This document describes the Initial Data Management Plan (DMP) for the ECOBULK project. The DMP provides an analysis of the main elements of the data management policy that will be used throughout the ECOBULK project by the project partners, with regard to all the datasets that will be generated by the project.

D1.4 Report on additional funding opportunities

This deliverable aims to investigate additional private and public funding opportunities that could be applied to the CE solutions addressed in ECOBULK project to enhance their implementation and deployment at larger scale and scope. The report will be split into two versions, with the first version being due at M24 and the final version at M48.

D9.2 Dissemination and Communication Plan

This document is the master plan for all communication and dissemination activities to be implemented during the project, and includes all the activities and actions to disseminate the results of the ECOBULK project, the external and internal communication and also the transfer of knowledge and technologies through several national and international events.