RESLAG cooperates with H2020 FUTURING project to improve Circular Economy policies within the European Union
Circular Economy (CE) aims to transform the current scheme of production, consumption as well as the resources and the waste management that derive from upstream and downstream activities. Several recent theories have tried to describe the possible schemes of CE, integrating economic, social and environmental imperatives, such as regenerative design, performance economy, cradle to cradle, biomimicry, blue economy or pulsing cycles.
The RESLAG project contributes to CE developing 4 eco-innovative technologies to reuse the steel slag that is currently being land-filled as a waste:
- Non-ferrous high value metal extraction from slag.
- Low-cost material for Thermal Energy Storage applications to be used for heat recovery in thermal energy intensive industries, using temperatures among 400 and 1200 °C.
- Thermal Energy Storage material to be used for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants to produce electricity during sunless hours and on demand (dispatchability).
- Production of innovative refractory ceramic compounds.
The FUTURING EU-project aims at contributing to define the strategy for the re-industrialization of Europe, by focusing on the role of Research and Innovation within the framework of Circular Economy. One of the goals of the project is to study the enablers, barriers and best practices of circular economy through a combined sectorial analysis based on an EU programs review from the field through interviews with relevant stakeholders.
RESLAG’s principle investigator Dr. Javier Rodríguez-Aseguinolaza from CIC energiGUNE and the exploitation leader of the project Fernando Aguirre from Hasten, have collaborated with the FUTURING EU-project in order to contribute with their broad experience and knowledge on Circular Economy research projects. RESLAG is firmly determined to work with other European projects and Institutions in order to improve the future of Circular Economy in the European Union.