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Thursday 24th May 2018, Day 1 schedule

11.00-12.00      Registration

11.30-12.30      Lunch at Innopoli

12.30-12.45       Welcome by: CloseLoop, VTT and EIT RawMaterials

12.45-14.45      Keynote session:

Session chair: Dr. Partti Kauranen, Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering

12.45-13.15       Keynote 1:

Sustainable Battery Production

Dr. Emma Nehrenheim, Environment & Sustainability, Northvolt

13.15-13.45       Keynote 2:

From linear to circular economy: challenges & opportunities for battery R&D

Dr. Etienne Bouyer, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

13.45-14.15       Keynote 3:

Innovative recycling processes for lithium ion batteries

Dr. Andreas Bittner, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

14.15-14.45        Keynote 4:

Batteries and Raw Materials: the Challenges of Extracting the Right Elements from Naturally occurring Minerals

Prof. Alan R Butcher, Geomaterials & Applied Mineralogy, Geological Survey of Finland

14.45-15.00       Coffee break

15.00-17.00       Interactive workshops, parallel sessions

15.00-17.00      Session 1:

Collaborative Life Cycle Assessment tool for Circular Economy Networks (link to full description)

MSc Marja Myllysilta, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

  • This session presents the Network Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool and shows, how it can be utilized in practice in the transition towards collaboration in networked business planning and impact assessment. The Network LCA tool enables planners and interested participants of circular economy networks to coordinate their actions and assess their footprints both individually and collectively as regards different environmental indicators (CO2, energy, water, toxic materials etc.). In this session, we will demonstrate the Network LCA cloud service for footprint computation related to electric vehicle batteries. For example, owing to the integrated life cycle cost and other features, it is possible to find answers to questions like “how can the network keep its materials flows at the highest possible re-use value throughout a product’s life cycle”, or “what is the network level effect, if my firm uses material A instead of B in the production process”. The participants can test the service in practice.


15.00-17.00       Session 2:

The (Geo) Metallurgy of the Circular Economy – Its simulation (link to full description)

Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Markus Reuter, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

  • Based on the development of simulation tools of classical minerals processing and process metallurgy, the HSC Sim ( simulation platform could be further developed. This permits the simulation of the circular economy system and to subsequently calculate its resource efficiency. It for example also enables the estimation of a simulation-based recycling index of a product from the “Bill of Material” and “Full Material Declaration”. This unique methodology for “Design for Recycling” will be presented in the session.


17.00-23.00      Sauna, dinner and networking (social event)

Friday 25th May 2018, Day 2 schedule

08.45-09.00      Coffee

09.00-11.30       Interactive workshops, parallel sessions

09.00-11.30      Session 1:

System level tools for understanding networked electric vehicle economy(link to full description)

Dr. Peter Ylén, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd / VTT)

  • Continuing the Network Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) theme from Thursday, we will present the participants the benefits of shared information production on a web platform. In order to enable a large scale circular economy design by many participants, it is necessary to develop tools which enable the interested parties of Circular Economy networks to plan their actions and assess the impacts of these actions both individually and collectively. For this purpose, we need systemic level simulation models, whose evaluation principles (data, metadata, simulation model codes) should be openly accessible and improvable by all network members continuously.


09.00-11.30       Session 2:

Material flow analysis for optimization of recycling processes (link to full description)

Prof. Rodrigo Serna, Aalto University, School of Chemical Enegineering

  • Recycling processes aim to close the loop and recover valuable elements present in high entropy materials, e.g. mixed waste (Figure 1). The state-of-the-art recycling processes are far from being well developed, compared to production and manufacture, and do not achieve a total recovery of elements. In some cases, they can produce unusable by-products, demote the quality of material, or have unnecessary processing stages. These undesired effects reduce the “circularity” of recycling processes. Therefore, quantifying these drawbacks become a crucial step to close the material loop in a more effective manner. Thermodynamic parameters, i.e. entropy, exergy, etc. have been proposed as a way to quantify and manage losses during recycling processes in order to achieve a true circular economy.

11.30-12.30        Lunch

12.30-14.00       Closing session:

Session chair: Dr. Sami Majaniemi, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd.

12.30-13.30        Summary of the interactive workshops

13.30-14.00       Closing words by CloseLoop and EIT RawMaterials

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