Innovations to enhance the purity of recycled materials

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Published 24 February 2020
Combient Foundry’s Venture Client Approach offers business opportunities for industrial startups. In the current venture cycle, which is open until 29 February 2020, we are looking for solutions to enhance the purity of recycled materials.

With rising consumption and global warming, it is increasingly clear that an economy based on fossil-based fuels and other non-renewable materials is not viable. Stora Enso works proactively to support the transition towards a global circular bioeconomy by providing bio-based solutions that are renewable, recyclable and low-carbon. When a material or product has reached its end-of-life, we promote recycling and energy recovery to create further value.

Stora Enso aims to further promote and increase the collection and recycling of fiber based materials from various sources. They can be post-consumer fiber-based packaging, cardboard, wood or paper, all of which have a varying level of required raw material purity. Now we are offering the opportunity for startups to come up with new ideas on how to increase purity to make the most of the recycled materials.

The challenge is to find new innovations to detect and remove the non-intended substances in the process of recycling where it is economically and technically viable. Possible new solutions could include, but are not limited to machine vision, image recognition, robotic processes, or new approaches to mechanical and chemical processing. Ideal solutions could be tested for a proof of concept and hold potential for production-scale feasibility.

See further information and submit your suggestion on Combient Foundry’s website by the end of February 2020.

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper. We employ some 23 000 people and have sales in more than 50 countries and our shares are listed on the Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R) stock exchanges.

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