Closed-Loop Supply Chain (CLSC) Design, Material and Product Flow Analysis, Life-Cycle Assessment, Techno-Economic Process Analysis
4. Recycling and Re-use of End-of-Life Products Recycling and Re-use of End-of-Life Products
Our contribution could range from economic or ecological process evaluation, economy wide material flow analysis, development of simulation and optimization models to the assessment of social aspects regarding different actors and agents along the entire value chain. We are well connected to technology developing institutions within KIT – which is among the largest research universities in Germany – and we could bring their expertise into the consortium if needed. Broadly formulated potential contributions are listed below:
-Techno-economic assessment of processes and value chains
-Development of models to assess circular economy solutions based on simulation and optimization approaches
-Empirical social studies
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is among Germany’s largest research universities with the specific objective to make significant contributions to global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU) within the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has extensive experience in techno-economic and environmental assessments of innovative technologies. Characteristic of the activities at DFIU is the interdisciplinary orientation in research and teaching, especially the conjunction of engineering-economic approaches and quantitative methods of operations research and informatics. Particularly the boundaries between energy system analysis and sustainable industrial production are in the focus of our research activities. Scientists at DFIU regularly contribute to international research projects with techno-economic evaluations such as production cost estimation, the assessment of investment volume, methods of operational research in the context of energy system and supply chain optimisation, Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), the simulation of production and energy systems, and more general system analysis. In this context, research projects with a focus on circular economy systems including the energy materials nexus are most relevant for DFIU’s scientific activities.