ProjectCircular economy in a business eco-system: Integrated sensors and new recycling technology for heavy vehicle tires

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Circular economy in a business eco-system: Integrated sensors and new recycling technology for heavy vehicle tires

The project builds knowledge about how actors in the value chain for heavy vehicle tires can increase resource productivity by the use of materials based IoT (Internet of Things) technology, and serviced based value propositions. Usage and reuse of tires can be optimized if users, fleet managers and repair shops etc. have access to real time information of ´helth´ and ´health´ history of tires.

The project both investigates and tests the actors business needs and driving forces in a business ecosystem and will lay a foundation for increased closed loops in the tire system.

The project will result in a platform (toolkit and the start of a consortium) for a demonstrator for a considerably more circular material flow for commercial vehicle tires and scientific contributions on innovation and economic barriers for a circular economy. The project contributes to several of the Swedish environmental objectives through building knowledge about the practical and commercial realization of a circular economy. Which can contribute to resource-efficient recycling, good management of natural resources, energy efficiency and sustainable consumption.

The project is based on a consortium of tire buyers, users, producers of treads, retreaders, recycling- technology, vehicle manufacturers, tire dealers and waste management. In four work packages, drivers, barriers and future opportunities for sensors/IoT and servicification are investigated. Tools for measuring the environmental impact of a circular system are developed as well as analysis of technological opportunities / business deals.