REMADE’s work to accelerate the Circular Economy through technological innovation is focused on four energy-intensive material classes: metals, including steel and aluminum; polymers, including plastics; fibers, including papers and textiles; and electronic scrap (e-scrap), formerly referred to as e-waste.
Our five key areas of concentration, or nodes, cover the material life cycle: Systems Analysis & Integration; Design for Re-X; Manufacturing Materials Optimization; Remanufacturing and End-of-Life (EOL) Reuse; and Recycling & Recovery
These four energy-intensive classes represent the greatest areas of opportunity to impact our technical performance metrics from a material perspective. From an investment point of view, we get the best chance of making the most impact by concentrating our efforts on these groups of materials.
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Our focus on accelerating the circular economy through technological solutions is grounded in our five key areas of concentration (Nodes). This Node framework allows the Institute to address the cross-cutting challenges that occur at each stage of the material lifecycle.
Systems Analysis & Integration
Data collection, standardization,
metrics, and tools for understanding material flow
Recycling & Recovery
Rapid gathering, identification, sorting, separation, contaminant removal, reprocessing and disposal
Manufacturing Materials Optimization
Technologies to reduce in-process losses, reuse scrap materials, and utilize secondary feedstocks in manufacturing
Design for Re-X
Design tools to improve material utilization and reuse at End-of-Life (EOL)
Remanufacturing & EOL Reuse
Efficient and cost effective technologies for cleaning, component restoration, condition assessment, and reverse logistics