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Kokeilu on luotu 22.01.2019

CIRCLES: From Regular Textiles to CIRCular TextiLES

Miksi tämä kokeilu on tarpeellinen?

After the advent of industrial revolution different types of wastes came into existence which are often both non-biodegradable and highly hazardous. The textile industry alone is responsible for around 10 % of the world’s CO2 emissions, which is more than all international air travel and maritime transport combined. Finland produces around 13 kg of textile waste per resident per year. The majority of clothing ends up in landfills or is incinerated. EU regulation demands separate collection of textiles by 2025. Circular economy in textile industry means we need improved material recycling, recovery, re-purposing, and reprocessing processes. The goal of this experiment is to get the full assessment of the biological (fungal) decomposition process for creating high value-added materials from textile wastes. This assessment will study different fungal cultivation processes, which can yield the best enzyme composition needed for decomposing textile wastes into high value-added mateiral. Later we want to study the process of hydrolysis, which will separate biological and synthetic materials from textile wastes. This experiment should give us a realistic picture of building the first pilot-scale plant in Finland.

Miten kokeilu toteutetaan?

Today, most of the textile wastes are either down-processed, incinerated, or end up in landfills. All these options are either wasting valuable resources or creating land and air pollution. While down-processing of textile wastes is unavoidable, but they are not the complete solution as they can only lead to low value-added products out of used textiles. We are currently investigating a biological (fungal) pathway to decompose and extract high value-added products from textile wastes. These high value-added products include glucose, synthetic fibre, bio-plastics, bio-chemicals, and bio-surfactants. These materials are used as base materials in a variety of industries. Our idea is to test a range of biological fungal strains and test their feasibility and efficiency in carrying out these tasks. We have narrowed down a few important biological pathways and through this project we will be able to get a realistic implementation plan to build a pilot-scale plant in Finland. We have carried about preliminary assessment of the biological decomposition process and their working principles. We are currently planning to set up.a design of experiment to test the process scope, effectiveness, and efficiency. The scope will give us the range of textile materials (cotton, polyester, jeans, etc.) that can be decomposed. We want to assess the high value-added products that can be extracted and commercialized and the overall efficiency of such treatment. We are planning to start this experiment mid-April providing the funding is sorted out by then. The preliminary plan of experiment is as follows: Mid-Apr: project start with scoping, goal agreements Mid-Jun: design of experiment ready with clear blue-print Mid-Aug: testing of processes and design feasibility assessment Mid-Sep: presenting of assessment and feasibility work with a proposal for pilot-scale plant in Finland.

Kuka tai ketkä kokeilun toteuttavat?

Radical Innovations Group AB will be the main experimenter who will carry out the task.

Mikä on kokeilun budjetti?

The feasibility study to evaluate the biological pathway for decomposing textile wastes is a first of its kind in Finland. At this preliminary stage planned for a 6-month period for evaluating the process pathways and efficiency, we have a budget of 70,000-80,000 EUR.

Millaista osaamista ja rahoitusta kokeilulla on käytettävissään?

We are unique player in energy technologies and circular economy projects. We are currently engaged in a few circular economy projects in the region of Vaasa and also in EU level. We have already won a few accolades for our work in Europe, Asia, and Americas. Dr. Krish Sankaran is the CEO of Radical Innovations Group. He has worked in all three sectors - government, civil and private - including the European Commission, World Economic Forum, ABB, Alstom. His past industrial engagements include senior management roles in business development and operations (50-60 Million EUR revenue) with profit and loss responsibilities in 8 countries and 3 continents. During 2011-2014, he was the Head of the Business Sector and Knowledge Partnerships at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and he was also selected as a Global Leadership Fellow. At the WEF, he advised governments on various public policy and governance challenges in energy and infrastructure sectors. He was a guest professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and the Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Bombay, India. He received doctorate degree in engineering science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, masters degree in engineering from University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany, and an executive masters in organizational development and leadership jointly from the Wharton School, Columbia University, INSEAD, and London Business School in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. He has several years of training in Advaita Vedanta. He is an Indo-European (Swiss citizen of Indian origin) currently based between Switzerland and Finland. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/drksankaran/ Achievements: Finalist in the Mission Innovation Championship (results pending Feb-Mar 2019). Launched at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, seeking to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and reliable. Key Member in European Commission Horizon 2020 Open Innovation Transfer Project. One of the few companies in the consortium. Partnerships with European (Switzerland, Finland), Asian (India, China) and Latin American (Chile, Argentina) countries. Honoured in the Arctic Energy Summit and North-by-North Festival in Anchorage, Alaska (April 2018) Founding Director, VEBIC - Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre. Built a centre for excellence in energy technology and business research with multi-million EUR funding from European Commission and Companies. Successful commercialization of several million Euro projects in high frequency and energy applications including ~ 50-60 million CHF profit & loss responsibility in industries - India, China, Mexico, Germany, France and Switzerland. Key member of the World Economic Forum, Global Risk Report between 2011-2014 focussed on energy and infrastructure industries. Global Leadership Fellow of the Forum. 12+ years senior management roles in leading energy production and distribution industries (Innovation / Commercialization Focus) - ABB, Alstom, Swissmetal 5+ years in public sector (global risks, technological implications, policies, regulations and commercially-oriented innovations) - European Commision, World Economic Forum