To sign up for this cluster, use Bison code L.27336.
Important note: students G&T (Health and Applied Technology) use L.27338.
This cluster consists of the following projects:

RegionDNA Cleantech Region

The Cleantech Region is a region and regional cooperation organization between the cities Apeldoorn, Deventer and Zutphen and the regions around them. The two policy spearheads of the region are to support the energy transition and stimulate the development of the so called circular economy. This assignment is about measuring the degree on which circular economy is being adopted by industry in the region. The goal of the study is to provide insight in the state of the circular economy of manufacturing industry in the region, for the regional government of the Cleantech Region. The regional government feels they have insufficient knowledge about the current state of the circular economy in the manufacturing industry in the region (in total there are a little more than 1000 manufacturing companies in the region) and they consider better knowledge crucial for developing and improving their policy measures in this field. The regional government is asking from you if you could help to identify spatial clusters of circular companies within the region and help them with finding out from these manufacturing companies/clusters about their strategy related to circular economy. Besides this, the regional government would like to know from these companies (either by a survey or by a number of interviews) which barriers they experience and how they think the government could facilitate them with further development, in order to become more circular. Based on the results of this study, the regional government asks from you to develop a good way to visualize your results, as well as to help them with formulating improvements for their policy measures, so that they can develop a more effective regional industrial policy aimed at circular economy. Are you interested in environmental issues and policies, as well as in the way manufacturing industry translates concepts like circular economy into daily working practices? Then this project would be very interesting for you. It will be a good possibility to help the government with improving their policies, and therefore to contribute for the long term into a more circular and sustainable world!

Circular Business Model Game

The Circular Economy focuses on value retention of raw materials, components and products in closed loops. Circular business models make us less dependent on (scarce) raw materials, often coming from elsewhere. This is quite relevant in the current Corona crisis. Circular models help us reduce waste and avoid environmental damage and pollution. Typically, multiple parties have to cooperate in chains and networks to realize circular business models. Organizing for circularity is therefore by no means an easy task. In practice, companies and municipalities lack experience with imagining circular business models. This hampers the development and introduction of circular models. As people like to learn by playing, we think a serious game would be a very beneficial instrument to let people experience circularity and experiment with organizing circular business models. In a multi-actor game, people can take on roles and, together, play-out the design of circular collaboration and learn from successful cases and strategies (circular supplies, resource recovery, product life extension, sharing platforms, product-as-a-service). In this project, you’re going to develop and test a serious game (‘Circular Business Model Game’) that will help people to develop a better understanding of circular business models and how to develop them. You will build on real-life cases from different sectors, such as construction, manufacturing and biobased materials. The gameplay that you add to the game should simulate the new forms of collaboration between parties. The game will be used by students to learn about circular models. It will be used by companies as a starter for establishing real collaboration. The game may take the form of a board game, a digital game, or a combination of board and digital game.

Explore circular business opportunities with Saxion and CIRCO

Due to material depletion and the growing world population, it is becoming more important to redesign products and businessmodels so they fit in a circular economy. CIRCO is an organization that support business in exploring circular business opportunities. They do this in their CIRCO tracks: a 3 days workshop based on the books Products that Last and Products that Flow. Saxion organizes a CIRCO track together with suplliers to find out what circular business opportunities there are. Your group will join this track to support the companies in their search. Once a circular business model and design strategy is found, your group contributes to the realization of this by making designs, prototypes and cost calculations. Possible outcomes are: product as a service / pay per use, a product redesigned for easy reparing, a product redesigned for easy reuse, a product redesigned to last longer, a product desisigned to be recycled on material level, etc.

Designing a dashboard to monitor sustainability

The healthcare sector signed the Green Deal “Duurzame Zorg voor een Gezonde Toekomst” in Octobre 2018. The healthcare organisation Aveleijn, with its head office in Borne, also committed itself to the Green Deal focal points. The focal points are differentiated in 1) CO2 reduction, 2) working circularly, 3) reduction of drug residue in water and 4) creating a healing living and residential environment. Aveleijn would like a student team to design a monitoring system. Suitable measuring methods need to be sought, and measurements need to be made to determine where Aveleijn stands with respect to these Green Deal focal points, and where employees and clients feel the organisation needs to aim. Aveleijn generally has a good picture of the energy consumption of its buildings and the CO2 output when it comes to mobility. However, which clusters within the organisation don’t perform well or do perform well still needs analysing. When it comes to working circularly, projects have been started with the best intentions. However, it is not yet clear how the extent of this circularity can be measured. So, how much have these projects contributed to circular working so far? With the best intentions, the organisation has started to take steps to improve sustainability whilst keeping the comfort and condition of its residents and visitors in mind. However, which key performance indicators to use and how to stay on top of these must still be determined. Therefore, the goal is to design a sustainability plan in which current and future sustainability projects can be incorporated and monitored. Which multidisciplinary team of Dutch speaking students are willing to take up this challenge? We expect the team to pay attention to the people within this care-organisation, but also to be assertive in the collection of information, allowing for good monitoring. Everyone in the team should be willing to contribute to a more circular, sustainable and healthier world, whilst keeping in mind that, for people with care-needs, the introduction of new techniques takes time to adjust to.

Increasing transparency in the textile industry

The Regiodeal project “Circular Textiles Twente” integrates the whole value chain for textiles. In the transition towards a circular economy for textiles it is important that the composition of textile products is known and transparently documented. The global fiber market impedes the full traceability of textile raw materials from the field or factory to the final product. Tracer molecules or fibers can serve as a tool to follow the raw materials and detect them until the end of life of the products. Together with the German company Tailorlux GmbH the research group Sustainable & Functional Textiles (SFT) at Saxion would like to investigate if quantitative information about the amount of recycled fibers in a textile product can be obtaind. The students are asked to develop and analyze textile prototypes with incorporated tracers that enable a quantitative detection of recycled fibers content. The students can use the textile and chemistry lab facilities of SFT for yarn spinning, weaving, knitting, finishing and spectroscopic analysis.

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