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Hybrid Human-Robot RECYcling plant for electriCal and eLEctRonic equipment

Objective

The technological advances that have been achieved over the past decades have led to a tremendous increase of both the types and the total amount of electrical and electronic equipment that is manufactured. Despite the importance of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) management, the issue of the WEEE recycling has not received that increased industrial attention. HR-Recycler will target the development of a ‘hybrid human-robot recycling plant for electrical and electronic equipment’ operating in an indoor environment. The fundamental aim of the system (and its great innovation potential) will be to replace multiple currently manual, expensive, hazardous and time-consuming tasks of WEEE materials pre-processing with correspondingly automatic robotic-based procedures (categorization of electric/electronic devices, disassembling them, sorting of device components), before the materials are eventually provided as input to a fine shredding machine and conventional material separation steps are applied (using air/water flows, oscillating movements, magnets, etc.). More specifically, the overall goal of HR-Recycler is to create a hybrid collaboration environment, where humans and robots will harmoniously share and undertake at the same time different processing and manipulation tasks, targeting the industrial application case of WEEE recycling. The primary output of the envisaged system will be to extract sorted electric/electronic device components [e.g. Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), Cu coils, capacitors, etc.] and concentrated fractions (e.g. copper, aluminium, plastics, etc.) of increased economic and environmental value; hence, contributing to the fundamental goal of the ‘European circular economy’ project and boosting economic activity in secondary markets. Additionally, mixed fractions (i.e. fractions with low concentration in valuable materials) will be collected, in order to be sent to other facilities for further dedicated recycling process.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-FOF-2018
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Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 334 375

Participants (12)

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE BIOENGINYERIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 796 037,50
Address
Carrer Baldiri Reixac Planta 2A 10-12
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 914 250
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMAU SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 610 750
Address
Via Rivalta 30
10095 Grugliasco
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 402 500
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 352 500
Address
Carrer De Barcelona, 3-A. P.i. Fuente Del Jarro
46988 Paterna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 433 530
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Vizcaya, Edificio 202
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Research Organisations
SADAKO TECHNOLOGIES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 507 500
Address
Calle Martinez Cubells 7 1 1
46002 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CS GROUP-FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 578 750
Address
Avenue Galilee 22
92350 Le Plessis Robinson
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 324 000
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INDUMETAL RECYCLING SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 305 500
Address
Carretera De La Cantera 11
48950 Asua Erandio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERECYCLING - SOCIEDADE DE RECICLAGEM SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 105 631,25
Address
Zona Industrial Do Lajedo, Santiago De Besteiros
3465 M157 Tondela
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECORESET SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 321 250
Address
Aspropyrgos Attiki
19300 Aspropirgos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)