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Advanced Sorting Solutions for End-of-life Building Materials (EBM)

On June 2020, the European Project ICEBERG was officially launched. The project aims to develop and demonstrate novel cost-effective circular smart solutions for an upgraded recovery of secondary building raw materials along the entire circular value chain: from end-of-life building materials (EBM) to new building products prepared for circularity, resource-efficiency and containing 30wt% to 100wt% of high-purity (>92%) recycled content. This will be undertaken through 6 pilot circular case studies, covering building materials accounting for more than 85% by weight of the European built environment.

In the frame of this project, LENZ INSTRUMENTS is working on the development of advanced sorting technologies to separate EBM. In particular, we are working in the development of an automated and mobile prototype sorting line based on Hyper-Spectral Imaging (HSI), machine-learning software, robotic manipulators and jetting systems to increase sorting efficiency of ceramic and concrete fractions. Besides, we aim to develop a sorting solution easily adaptable to other mixed demolition waste materials, including mixed polyurethane (PU)/polyisocyanurate (PIR) foams, and gypsum.

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