Recycling 4.0

Project description:

Increasingly complex products as well as production, use, processing and recycling chains are presenting operational recycling with increasing challenges. This not only requires the development of new recycling technologies, but also the increasing networking of information chains that are able to control processes and material flows efficiently even when market changes occur.

Digitisation, effective information provision and the linking of the various stakeholders to form closed-loop supply chains can help to tackle the problems of the future. With the focus on the recycling of innovative vehicle systems such as electromobility, which in future will be particularly dependent on securing the return of raw materials from waste, the "Recycling 4.0" project aims to develop an Advanced Circular Economy based on industry 4.0 methods and novel recycling technologies.

In close cooperation with partners from the TU Braunschweig and the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences as well as a large number of industrial partners, the Institute for Software Systems Engineering (ISSE) and the Chair for Raw Material Processing and Recycling at the Institute for Processing, Landfill Engineering and Geomechanics (IFAD) are developing process engineering process chains, material flow management and a dynamic and semantic integration layer for an open information marketplace in which information from the various stakeholders along the circular economy can be exchanged.

This project is a further building block in the development of the Harz recycling region.

Network partners:

Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

  • Institute for Distributed Systems (IVS)
  • Institute for Production Engineering (IPT)

Technical University of Braunschweig

  • Institute for Automotive Economics and Industrial Production (AIP)
  • Institute for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (IWF)

Clausthal University of Technology

  • Institute for Processing, Landfill Engineering and Geomechanics (IFAD)
  • Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISSE) (Project Manager)

Industry partners

  • eck*cellent IT GmbH
  • Electrocycling GmbH
  • European Recycling Platform Germany GmbH
  • Glaub Group of Companies
  • MAN Bus & Truck AG
  • pdv-software GmbH
  • Retek AG
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Automotive Aftermarket
  • Sense4Future
  • StEP Initiative    
  • TSR Recycling GmbH & Co KG
  • Volkswagen AG

Sponsored by: European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)