We cooperate with entrepreneurs, partners, researchers and students to meet challenges and find new opportunities, aiming at streamlining recycling processes and create new products from unwanted materials. Here are some examples of completed research projects.
Using advanced sensor technology from Combitech and the latest robotics from ABB we developed a robotic solution for more efficient sorting of plastic in electronics. We showed that it’s possible to sort high grade plastic from the electronics, so that it can be recirculated as new raw material. With the aid of new technology and digitalization we can create purer flows of material, thus supporting sustainability in both society and manufacturing industry. The lab in Halmstad provided both the sufficient space and large amounts of products for the tests.
SOUND ABSORBERS OUT OF OLD CAR SEATS
Waste ends being waste as someone develops a new use for it. By constantly challenging ourselves we can create new products. The collaboration between Volvo Cars, Repur and Stena Recycling resulted in a car hood sound absorber. The material comes from old car seats, showing a new way to close the loop. At Stena Recycling Lab the project used equipment and expertise in order to manufacture the prototypes.
Sustainable construction is more important than ever. Demand for environmentally sound and climate-smart building materials is in constant increase. Repur Cement is a new lightweight filler that fills(!) a need where previously you only could find products made from virgin raw material. The product consists mostly of recycled material – insulation from end-of-life refrigerators. Instead of going to energy recovery, the material is given a new life in, for example, the construction and renovation of floors. After successful tests at the Recycling Lab in Halmstad, the company Repur AB was started to manufacture and sell the product. In addition to this product, Repur has with Stena Recycling developed more types of new products made from recycled materials.