Raw materials are an essential component of our quality
of life, economy, and the well-being of modern society.
In coming decades, the need for raw materials, water,
food and energy will double due to the increasing
population. Furthermore, the global distribution of
mineral raw material resources is uneven, which leads to
heavy dependence of both companies and nations on
reliable access to raw materials.
VTT's spearhead programme Mineral Economy targets to a
profitable circular economy by introducing technology
based solutions. The aim is to enable the generation of
innovations leading to economic growth, jobs and societal
well-being in Finland and in Europe. The programme has
actively developed multi-technological competences to
enable new innovations and sustainable access to
resources, e.g. in hydrometallurgy and powder metallurgy.
The topics include sustainable design, innovative use of
waste and low grade minerals as a resource, substitution
of critical raw materials, 3D manufacturing for narrowing
the loop, remanufacturing, reuse for slowing the loop and
recycling for closing the loop. Digitalization and
utilizing digital platforms are enablers for responsible
use of raw materials. Our target is to develop the
digital circular economy Modelling Factory platform for a
metals ecosystem covering multidisciplinary expertise.
This publication introduces selected research highlights
from VTT's Mineral Economy spearhead programme in order
to disseminate our research results and to introduce new
viewpoints and opportunities for the stakeholders in
Finland and in Europe.
|Publisher||VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland|
|Number of pages||77|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|MoE publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
|Series||VTT Research Highlights|
- secondary raw materials