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Traceability solution for electrical and electronic equipment for a circular system

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Coordinator Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik - Chalmers Industriteknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration April 2018 - January 2019
Status Completed
Venture Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation

Important results from the project

In order to achieve more resource-efficient use of electrical and electronic (EE) products, life expectancy and the use phase of such products need to be extended compared with today. To enable this, there is a need for all stakeholders in the value chain to get more information about the products. Today there is a clear lack of such information and therefore the vision of the project SLEEP is that through a traceability system for EE products ensure sustainable production as well as increase the use of and streamline sharing services, reuse and material recycling.

Expected long term effects

With a traceability system for EE products, all relevant actors can easily access information such as repair instructions, reuse and material content. Expected effects are, among other things, that: (1) more EE products are reused and collected instead of being stored away unused in our households; (2) higher material recycling rates are achieved for collected products; (3) manufacturers get a better understanding of how their products are used and based on this, can develop products with longer durability.

Approach and implementation

In step 1, we have: (i) mapped the need for traceability and linked challenges throughout the value chain; and (ii) identified potential system solutions to achieve increased traceability for EE products. The results have been used to create a plan to, in step 2, execute Proof of Concepts tests of a traceability system. In step 3, larger tests will be carried through in real systems. The project group consists of Chalmers Industriteknik, Dustin, Elgiganten, El-Kretsen, GS1, Lenovo, Redeem, Sims Recycling Solutions and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

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Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2018-00401

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