Networks and clusters
ReSiTec has solid experience within R&D, after years as partners and parttakers of several networks, clusters, and EU projects.
The EYDE-Cluster is the Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE) for Sustainable Process Industry, working for the transition towards a sustainable future. Our members range from multinational companies delivering high quality materials to a global marked, to regional suppliers, research organizations and education institutes.
The members are mainly located in the South of Norway, a region with a strong tradition of producing tailor made materials made from renewable energy and with the lowest environmental footprint. The cluster is actively developing this position to ensure competitiveness in a world that require sustainability.
The EYDE Innovation Centre (EIC) is the research and project hub of the cluster and coordinates ongoing research and innovation activities within the cluster. These range from regional exchange of “best practice” to international research projects.
ReSiTec is a member and work task leader in the EU project CABRISS. CABRISS is a joint initiative of 16 European companies and research institutes which received approval by the EU’s Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation framework program.
CABRISS aims at pioneering a circular economy dedicated to handle the critical situation of recycling the important amount of photovoltaic waste and benefiting also to electronics, metallurgy and glass industries.
Cabriss has the following objectives:
- Developing industrial symbiosis by providing raw materials such as glass or silver pastes as feedstock for other industries (e.g. Glass, electronics or metallurgy).
- Collecting up to 90% of the PV waste throughout Europe compared to the 40% rate in 2013.
- Retrieving up to 90% of the high value raw materials from the PV cells and panels: Silicon, Indium and Silver.
- Manufacturing PV cells and panels from the recycled raw materials achieving lower cost (25% less) and at least the same performances (i.e. cells efficiency yield) as the conventional processes thanks to the implementation of a solar cell processing roadmap, which uses Si waste for the high throughput, cost-effective manufacturing of hybrid Si based solar cell.
- Involving the EU citizens and industry into such a sustainable and financially viable new economy.
EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation, new educational approaches and guided entrepreneurship.
EIT RawMaterials unites more than 120 partners from leading business, universities and research institutions from more than 20 EU countries. Partners of EIT RawMaterials are active across the entire raw materials value chain; from exploration, mining and mineral processing to substitution, recycling and circular economy. They collaborate on finding new, innovative solutions to secure the supplies and improve the raw materials sector in Europe.
ReSiTec became an assosiated member i 2017. In the EIT funded project SELISI, ReSiTec, CEA Liten and ECM Greentech will develope a pilot process for production of new solar wafers from recycled silicon kerf.