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Cycling resources embedded in systems containing Light Emitting Diodes

Objective

The project cycLED aims at optimising the flows of resources over all life-cycle phases of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) products. The energy saving potential for LEDs is significant, and the strategic importance of the LED technology is reflected in the current and upcoming market development. However, LED-based product systems contain many resources like indium, gallium or rare earth metals. Some of these substances are classified as critical raw materials at EU level. Therefore, if the current expansion of LED technologies is most welcomed from an economic and energy point of view, it requires optimising resource flows and addressing key societal issues. To strengthen the emerging LED market in Europe, cycLED focuses on improvement of the material flows and policy measures to remove barriers for LED technology dissemination. Innovation is needed to achieve an efficient management of the different materials used in LED systems, so that the growth of the LED-related markets is decoupled from resource depletion. A material flow analysis will first be conducted to obtain an overview of the most relevant materials contained in LED products, their origin and the situation regarding recycling. Further research will focus on the different life-cycle phases (production and manufacturing, assembling, use and material recycling) to provide overall solutions to improve the resource flows. These results will be combined to develop and implement solutions regarding product design for eco-innovation, adaptation of business models and overcoming of barriers to diffusion. Work packages dedicated to the development of indicators measuring the eco-innovation and to the dissemination of the results will accompany the research. The impacts of cycLED relate to resource savings, reduction of production costs, increase of competitiveness, creation of jobs and capacity building.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011-ECO-INNOVATION-TwoStage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 035 750
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (13)

LEDINLIGHT LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 765
Address
Nottingham Science Park - Jesse Boot Avenue Off University Boulevard 1
NG7 2RU Nottingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Ottosson (Mrs.)
ONA PRODUCT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 251 340
Address
Alfara Del Patriarca, Calle San Bartolome 28
46115 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Costa Juan (Mr.)
ELPRO ELEKTRONIK PRODUKT RECYCLING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 348 975
Address
Hannoversche Strasse 66A
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Schöps (Dr.)
BRAUN SCHALTGERATE UND SERVICE EK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 307 065
Address
Lankwitzer Strasse 45-54
12107 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
André Braun (Mr.)
UMICORE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 183 975
Address
Rue Du Marais 31
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
An Van De Vel (Ms.)
ETAP NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 86 100
Address
Antwerpsesteenweg 130
2390 Malle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Truyen (Mr.)
SIGNIFY NETHERLANDS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 167 121
Address
High Tech Campus 45
5656 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Keur (Mr.)
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 295 569,60
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daizhong Su (Prof.)
OPTOTRANSMITTER-UMWELTSCHUTZ-TECHNOLOGIE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 263 000
Address
Koepenicker Strasse (Haus 201) 325
12555 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rene Hegel (Mr.)
CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 239 442,80
Address
Western Avenue 200 Llandaff
CF5 2YB Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank O'connor (Dr.)
SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 285 905
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefan Milis (Mr.)
INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM
France
EU contribution
€ 251 606,80
Address
19 Place Marguerite Perey
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cédric Gossart (Dr.)
RIVA GMBH LIGHTING
Germany
EU contribution
€ 329 580
Address
Manfred-von-ardenne-allee 33
71522 Backnang
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roger Aerni (Mr.)