The research within the field uses digitalisation to achieve a circular use of materials and thus a carbon dioxide and resource neutral society. By gathering researchers from 25 different subjects, we take a holistic approach to the industry's sustainability challenges, which leads to new innovations. We study the technology needed to follow a material through the circular flow, and how humans are affected.
In a circular economy where resource use decreases but value increases, there is a need for new technology and business models that do not exist today.
The connected industry of the future: when companies develop products for which they retain responsibility and ownership throughout the life cycle, quality and longevity become more important than selling many devices. It's about designing for a long life, repairing and upgrading. The manufacturer will need connected sensors to be able to monitor the condition of the product and conduct cost-effective maintenance.
Smart buildings: by adding components to concrete, measurement technology can be used to monitor the condition of a building - from construction to demolition. The energy supply can be controlled and problems such as water damage can be detected early, which means that demolition or extensive repairs are avoided.
Together with our collaboration partners, we can find a large number of needs and solutions that reduce the use of resources with human well-being at the center.