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ImprovinG waste management through an AI-powered detection system of batteries utilising data from X-Ray detectors and pick-and-place robots.

Objective

The WEEE (waste from electrical and electronic equipment) management chain has realised an explosion of fire incidences, caused by carelessly discarded batteries into either recycling bins or black rubbish bags, where they are easily damaged by sorting equipment and start to burn, endangering human lives, disrupting waste services and causing millions of Euros of damage (from €190,000 up to €1.3m per fire incident).

The Grinner project aims at commercialising an autonomous AI-enabled robotic sorting system capable of detecting and removing waste containing batteries from current waste streams before they enter inhospitable-to-battery machines that crush and consolidate waste. The system will comprise (i) the fastest Energy-resolved X-Ray detectors in the market, (ii) an ML-enabled software module that will analyse X-Ray data and effectively detect waste containing batteries while passing through the waste flow and vision-based pick-and-place robot(s) that will remove the flagged WEEE.

Project objectives:
• Build an X-Ray data set of WEEE scrap.
• Customisation of the X-Ray system
• Develop the AI software module for detection of batteries within WEEE using X-Ray data.
• Deploy a vision-based robotic solution capable of Picking-and-Placing WEEE
• Develop, integrate and install a prototype system in a WEEE facility environment to conduct live trials and validate Grinner.
• Explore the potential exploitation of Grinner as an economically viable, stand-alone product for recycling facilities.

Coordinator

LYNQ POLAND SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Net EU contribution
€ 459 375,00
Address
Ul. Ksiecia Jozefa Poniatowskiego 8
35-026 Rzeszow
Poland

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Region
Makroregion wschodni Podkarpackie Rzeszowski
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 196 875,00

Participants (5)

WASTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICAL EQUIPMENT FORUM AISBL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 237 812,50
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TWI ELLAS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 639 570,00
Address
L Kifsias 280
15232 Chalandri

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Region
Βόρειος Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
DIRECT CONVERSION AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 422 915,50
Address
Svardvagen 23
182 33 Danderyd

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 181 249,50
GREENWEEE INTERNATIONAL SA
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 167 125,00
Address
Tintesti Village Frasinu Farm Dj203
120236 Buzau

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Region
Macroregiunea Doi Sud-Est Buzău
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 71 625,00
ERION COMPLIANCE ORGANIZATION SCARL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 151 875,00
Address
Via Messina 38
20154 Milan

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00