Circular Economy and Predictive Modelling

eLi Circular Economy and Predictive Modelling

The platform provides a comprehensive understanding about the fate of lithium and all materials connected to it from rock to recycling. Its goal is to minimize the lithium losses and maximize the resource efficiency from a circular economy point of view and adopting a life cycle thinking approach.

Research activities

  • Process and system simulation
  • Quantitative sustainability assessment of the lithium value chain:
    • Resource and energy efficiency analysis
    • Economic, environmental and social impact assessment

Industry activities

  • Providing a digital simulation platform for lithium life cycles
  • Connecting stakeholders within the Circular Economy
  • Informing and advising the stakeholders in the Circular Economy

Education activites

  • Training young researchers in programs such as  SOKRATES or SINReM
  • Developing new training tools about flowsheet modelling for industry
  • Raising awareness about the sustainability challenges associated to the electric mobility

E-mobility cost study (ECOS)

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ECOS defines the real cost of e-mobility regarding the effects of environmental, monetary and social aspects on overall footprint of e-mobility with special focus on ion lithium batteries. A literature analysis evaluates the existing information along the whole value chain. Key issues are life cycle assessment, business models and responsible sourcing. An additional survey examines how important responsibly produced raw materials, electric engines and batteries are to different actors in the e-mobility value chain.