Masaryk University aims Digitise Europe’s Electrical and Automotive Waste Remanufacturing System

Researchers at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University will lead a pioneering EU-funded project that aims to create a set of integrated digital solutions together with an open access platform that will drive circularity by digitising Europe’s electrical and automotive value recovery system.

6 Apr 2023

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The DiCiM project (Digitalised Value Management for Unlocking the potential of the Circular Manufacturing System with integrated digital solutions) seeks to develop a state-of-the-art open access platform and digital solutions that will Digitise Europe’s Electrical and Automotive Waste Remanufacturing System. The project will participate in the development of a circular economy that could contribute €100 billion to the European economy by 2030. The project seeks to develop a state-of-the-art technology to monitor and assess the condition of components so that they can be used in the remanufacturing and repair of household appliances and cars. Results of research activities will be piloted by demonstrator companies like Gorenje, d.o.o. or Lexmark International Technology

Alena Klapalová, Principal Investigator from Masaryk University, believes that the DiCiM project could have a significant impact across Europe and the development of a digitally empowered circular economy. The future-orientated project speaks directly to the ambitions of the European Green Deal and the EU’s Right to Repair regulations, as well as the European Union’s Digital Decade.

Presently, Europe recycles 42.5% of its e-waste. However, most EU member states are falling short of the 65% target set by the bloc.

David Póč, Director for Strategy from Masaryk University, highlighted that the DiCiM project could help close that gap by creating a platform which is expected to make 1 million additional spare parts available for remanufacturing in Europe’s automotive sector, resulting in saving 4500 tons of CO2. In the long-term, the project and the partnership also provide an opportunity for customers themselves to participate in the sustainability of their appliances and technology.

DiCiM started on 1st of January 2023 as a four-year project and brings together expert researchers, industry and IT professionals from eight European countries.

The project is a collaboration between

  • Masaryk University,
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan,
  • University of Ljubljana,
  • Technical University Chemnitz,
  • IDENER research and development AIE,
  • IRIS Technology Solutions S.L.,
  • Signifikant Svenska AB,
  • C-ECO Circular Economy Solutions GmbH,
  • Gorenje, d.o.o.
  • Arcelik a. s.,
  • Lexmark International Technology Hungária Kft.,
  • Crowdhelix Limited.
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Funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement 101091536. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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