The Circular project

The CIRCULAR project aims at developing reliable circular industrial systems able to transform post-used products into new added-value products.
Industrial systems will have to face the main Industry of the Future challenges: resource scarcity, energy efficiency, customization expectations, job quality required by the fourth industrial revolution, etc. This project will show that agile circular industrial systems will give companies the ability to satisfy those requirements while proposing new high-added-value products while minimizing the use of material and energy resources. We want to move towards a circular economic “take-make-consume-reuse” model instead of a classical linear “take-make-consume-dispose” model. The main scientific obstacles are production systems agility, human/ machine collaboration, implementation of the numerical solutions and design and implementation of the new necessary organizations.

The projec will focus on the case of the batteries for electric vehicles that can be reused on mobile and stationary equipments after redesign and remanufacture. It gathers 15 research teams from Engineering Sciences, Informatics and Mathematics, and Human and Social Sciences that will work together to tackle the pluridisciplinary scientific challenges addressed by the Industry of the Future. Indeed, it is necessary to build a scientific community able to use the innovations related to the numerical sciences and technologies (big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things, virtual/augmented reality ...), while considering the role of Humans in the industry, as well as the new professions within the organization of future industries.

In this framework, the project consortium has the strong ambition to develop a sustainable multidisciplinary research and industrial network to address the circular industrial system issues at local, national and international levels. The objective is to launch several ambitious projects with the main renowned international universities in the field and the relevant industrial networks.


The Circular project