The 8 faculties of TU Delft work towards a circular and resilient economy with its Pioneer University partners and the CE 100 members to produce tangible economic and social impact across the entire value chain with a focus on generating new, circular, high-quality jobs, with the right people to fill them.
Specialist centres in the faculties contribute to the circular exploration, extraction, processing, reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and substitution of raw and high-tech materials with a focus on closing the loop for critical materials.The current edX MOOC: The circular economy: an introduction has been a great success. Complimenting this are new circular courses in Industrial Design Engineering, Architecture and the Built Environment and in a cross-university venture, the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus, Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS).
TU Delft has a growing network of circular researchers, with currently over 40 researchers involved. An example is the focus on circular cities as the nexus, where new initiatives, including the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), is developing new circular activity.
TU Delft is highly successful in securing national, regional and EU circular funding. The €2bn EU EIT Raw Materials is a circular project and TU Delft is the Netherlands lead partner. This compliments the EU Horizon 2020 programme project success. The LDE CfS is a key partnership in driving the circular agenda forwards.
TU Delft will develop the circular approach in order to create and develop new game-changing businesses across Europe and the World by boosting companies through system integration and establishing new partnerships across the materials value chain using innovative ICT solutions and circular thinking;
creating new entrepreneurial learning approaches addressing the development needs of professionals to support the effective transformation of ideas into businesses and contributing to circular industry.
TU Delft is developing product-service combinations and novel business models, including:
• Innovative techno-economic approaches for product life extension, maintenance, reuse, re-manufacturing, recycling;
• Business models based on innovative concepts regarding product ownership;
• Simulation tools for comparative assessment of alternative approaches.
TU Delft will also develop new circular education and research programmes aimed at closing the loop in the renewable energy and materials field.
TU Delft will continue to be the Dutch circular university leader over the coming decades.