The development of a data driven extended-life platform for reusable consumer electronics

Bison code: L.28223

Worldwide there are major global problems such as climate change, scarcity of raw materials, emission of harmful substances and excessive use of fossil resources. We currently use more resources than the earth is able to provide. Therefore, the United Nations has set goals for 2030 such as sustainable use of our ecosystems, active management to combat climate change and more sustainable business innovation.

These sustainable goals require a transition to the so called circular economy. A circular economy is an economic system with the highest possible reuse of products and raw materials, and as little waste of resources as possible. In doing so, it is essential to close material cycles and to ensure less environmental impact. A regional approach is key to close material cycles and to create green business propositions. To deal sustainably with our raw materials and the environment, regional cycles must be closed instead of creating waste. This is quite a challenge!

In this project you are focusing on electronic waste (E-Waste). E-Waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices, like washing machines and refrigerators. If possible, the reuse of electronic devices takes place in the same region. Key in this Smart Solutions project is the design of a prototype for a data-driven platform in the Cleantech Region, aiming at extending the lifespan of consumer electronics. A quality mark to be developed for reusable consumer electronics, a warranty period and a passport for consumer electronics should give consumers a strong signal that a reused electronic device is reliable.

During this project you are designing processes and subsystems to optimize the reuse of consumer electronics in the Cleantech Region according to the principles of Design Thinking and Scrum. You will  design and build multiple prototypes of the Extended-Life platform and test them in practice. The provided test information will support you to improve the prototype. In line with this, you develop smart, intelligent process architecture to make the platform work and you are challenged  to provide insights into the reuse possibilities of collected consumer electronics, like reparation or refurbishment. Smart and fast testing of consumer electronics is an important point of attention here. You will also be challenged to develop innovative circular propositions that should invite and engage consumers to purchase reused consumer electronics.

Will you join us?

Cluster: Circularity: Waste as Resource 2 

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):