Role of solid/liquid separation technology in circular economy

Prof. Anti Häkkinen*, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Transition towards more sustainable use of raw materials and resources in the society requires a radical shift from the typical linear take-make-consume-dispose model to the so-called circular economy. One part of this shift is that the resource efficiency of current industrial processes needs to be improved and more importantly, the utilization rate of current waste materials as secondary resources needs to be increased. These requirements create a great demand to develop novel processes and technologies that are able to adjust to complex raw material streams. It is obvious that separation operations have a critical role in these kinds of processes and the strong trend to move towards circular economy thinking also creates new applications as well as challenges to traditional solid/liquid separation processes. This talk will introduce some typical solid/liquid separation cases related to circular economy with examples from real applications and ongoing research projects.

Session: K2 - Keynote Lecture II
Day: 11 October 2016
Time: 14:45 - 16:00 h