Systemic expansion of territorial CIRCULAR ecosystems for end-of-life FOAM (CIRCULAR FOAM)

CIRCULAR FOAM aims at the demonstration of a territorial cross-sectorial systemic solution for the circularity of high performance plastics from diverse applications on the example of rigid polyurethane foams used as insulation in refrigerators and in construction. The waste streams will be upcycled chemically, which means that they will be valorised to become new virgin-equivalent feedstock for the chemical industry to produce new high performance plastics. In this way, it will become possible to replace limited fossil-based resources by the renewable waste-based ones, thus not only reducing waste, but also becoming more sustainable and making a step forward to climate neutrality. The project and the demonstration are targeting a concrete implementation of the solution in question in the selected regions after the project and developing a blueprint for both the geographical transferability to other regions and for the technological extension of the circularity principle to a number of further waste materials from further applications. Press release

Project Duration
October 2021 to September 2025

Funded by
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101036854.

Project Partners
Covestro Deutschland AG als Projektkoordinator
Interseroh Dienstleistungs-GmbH, REDWAVE, a division of Wolfgang Binder GmbH
Unilin BVBA
Kingspan Research and Developments Limited
Electrolux Italia SPA
Circularise BV
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Technische Universität Dortmund
Stichting Hogeschool van Amsterdam
Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Insittuten
Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny we Wroclawiu
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angew. Forschung
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Gornoslasko-Zaglebiowska Metropolia (METR)
Park Naukowo Technologiczny Euro-Centrum sp. z o.o.
IZNAB Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia
DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.

Project Manager IEK-STE
Dr. rer. oec. Imke Rhoden

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Dr. Imke Rhoden
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung
IEK-STE: Systemforschung und Technologische Entwicklung

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Last Modified: 10.01.2023