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A collaboration of TNO, LEI, RU, TUD, M2i and other partners will, through three case studies, take crucial steps to understand the supply chain of a product and to quantify the environmental and economic impact of different choices within the chain.
The research aims to identify robust interventions that will speed up the transition towards circular supply chains. The level of circularity will be studied for the following specific value chains:
1. tin production and utilisation
2. lithium ion batteries
3. timber construction.
The projects aim at increasing the scientific and societal impact of their NWA route by creating new connections between organisations and research fields. We will analyse the working mechanism of the entire value chains and identify triggers that will speed up the transition to a fully circular value chain.
In addition, TNO's Circular Economy & Environment unit is leading the case study on a lithium-ion battery sub-project entitled “Circ-Li-on” (see image below). We will investigate circular opportunities for lithium-ion batteries as used in e-bikes, which have varying and often limited lifespans.
This collaborative project will start in the first half of 2021 and will run for approximately one year. We are also looking at options for organising large consortia on relevant research topics at a later stage.