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Robotic Recycling Revolution

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Project "Robolution" data sheet

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ZenRobotics Ltd. 

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address: VILHONKATU 5 A
postcode: 100
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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙023˙750 €
 EC max contribution 1˙416˙625 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2014
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2016-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ZenRobotics Ltd. FI (HELSINKI) coordinator 1˙416˙625.00


 Project objective

The increasing scarcity for raw materials, growingly strict regulations (European Waste Directive & Landfill tax escalation) and social pressure have turned waste into a resource, making recycling highly attractive. This has created a major market opportunity for new technologies that achieve high purity of sorted materials at a low cost.

ZenRobotics Oy has developed a robotic waste sorting system ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) that has the potential to revolutionise waste sorting, replacing low-performing hazardous manual jobs with highly efficient and fast autonomous robotic pickers. The key innovation of ZRR is a unique machine-learning based system, which gathers gigabytes of data of its environment, makes smart decisions and moves a robot arm in an unpredictable environment. Given the novelty of the technology, a paradigm shift is necessary in waste management for wide uptake of ZRR.

The Robolution project develops the prototype ZRR into a reliable and commercially attractive system for sorting Commercial and Industrial waste that forms more that 25% of total waste stream. The project focuses on: • Robot motion control to be able sort faster smaller objects and pick larger and heavier objects. • Recognition to detect new fractions (plastics, ferrous/non-ferrous metals) with 95% purity and recovery. • Development of the reporting tool enabling optimization within a waste sorting plant. • Optimization of the ZRR commissioning and service to shorten time-to-market time. • Testing and demonstration of the new functionality in real life conditions.

ZenRobotics targets the global waste sorting equipment market currently worth about €1.5-3 billion annually, but thanks to technological advances, the market is likely to explode. The expected annual turnover of the Commercial and Industrial waste ZRR reaches €150 million by 2021.


List of deliverables.
Dissemination and communication report Documents, reports 2019-07-25 13:27:50
Report on the prototype testing at Viikki pilot site Documents, reports 2019-07-25 13:27:50

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