Projects

Waste is one of the most significant challenges of our time, and the lack of digitalization remains a major obstacle. The goal of ReWaCC is to provide digital twins of waste containers with near-live waste characteristics. Waste containers are transformed from merely being means of waste disposal into “decentralized material warehouses”.

The project owner is Sensorita, a Norwegian company deploying radar sensors for waste containers at construction and demolition sites and developing platforms for real-time analysis of sensor data. At present, their in-container sensors monitor location and fill-level. ReWaCC is aiming to further develop the use of this technology, using near-live data from their existing sensors, along with other relevant data sources, to characterize waste composition and quality when the waste is disposed into the containers. Such data will provide stakeholders with valuable insight to make well-informed operational and strategic choices. The result is a seamless integration that enables containers to play a pivotal role in the recycling process, revolutionizing waste management practices.

ReWaCC is an IPN: Innovation Projects for the Industrial Sector, running from January 2024 to December 2026. Project partners are Sensorita, Ragn-Sells and Veidekke Sirkulær. R&D providers are NORSUS, Norsk Regnesentral and Acconeer.

At NORSUS, the researchers John Baxter, Sigrid Møyner Hohle, Kari-Anne Lyng and Pieter Callewaert are working on the project. NORSUS’ main task is to identify important waste types and characteristics which will improve material utilization and to assess the environmental benefits in-container monitoring can deliver.

NORSUS is a member of the ETAG consortium (European Technology Assessment Group), led by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), that recently won a tender bid to the European Parliament’s STOA panel (Panel for the Future of Science and Technology). The project will advise the European Parliament on The role of R&I in ensuring a safe and sustainable supply of Critical Raw Materials in the EU. The project group is led by Fraunhofer ISI, and consists also of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA).

The project will build on the new European Critical Raw Materials Act and will assess different policy options related to research and innovation to support the implementation of the Act.

The report from the project will be presented to the European Parliament in the beginning of July this year.

CHANGER aims to promote changes in research ethics reviews that strengthen the capacities of researchers to incorporate ethical judgements in the project design and implementation, and to support ethics committees to address new challenges posed by new technologies and new research practices.

CHANGER will review current practices and ethics criteria, will identify and discuss new challenges emerging from new technologies and from new research practices, which are not sufficiently covered in the current review process, will provide innovative training to ethics review experts and researchers, and propose innovative approaches and tools to ethics review reform and new understandings to practice ethics by design, supported by guidelines and a policy roadmap.

The CHANGER interdisciplinary consortium has extensive and long-standing experience-based expertise in research ethics reviews, integrity oversight and human rights and is capable of providing novel solutions to the needs in ethics reviews.

NORSUS will mainly be represented by Professor Matthias Kaiser, with contributions also from Ellen-Marie Forsberg, both of whom have been working in the field of research ethics for more than two decades. NORSUS will mainly be involved in the work packages that evaluate the current system (WP2) and propose new approaches and tools (WP3).

Målsetningen til Circulizer er å forbedre sirkulariteten mellom blå og grønn sektor. Prosjektet skal øke kunnskapen om bruk av marine restråstoffer slik som fiskeslam og fiskeensilasje til biogass- og biorestproduksjon.

Både i Norge og i EU er det politiske mål om å øke biogassproduksjonen de nærmeste årene. En økning i produksjon av biogass vil også gi økning i produksjon av biorest. En god utnyttelse av bioresten er nøkkelen til et sirkulært system der de nyttige næringsstoffer kan gjenvinnes. Biorest kan potensielt representere en stor kostnad for biogassanleggene dersom det ikke er markedsaksept for bruk av biorest som gjødsel.

I Norge skal mange av de nye biogassanleggene bruke marine restråstoffer til biogassproduksjon. Dette er relativt unikt for Norge, og det finnes derfor lite dokumentasjon på hvordan disse råstoffene påvirker bioresten. En av de største barrierene for økt biogassproduksjon er skepsis relatert til kvalitet og miljørisiko ved bruk av biorest som gjødsel.

Prosjektet undersøker hvordan bruk av marine restråstoffer til biogassproduksjon påvirker den anaerobe utråtningsprosessen og kvaliteten til biorest som gjødsel. Prosjektet skal beregne potensielle miljøgevinster ved å erstatte mineralgjødsel med biogjødsel fra biorest. Videre skal prosjektet utforske hvordan forskningsbasert kunnskap og erfaringer om bruk av biorest kan bli kommunisert til gårdbrukere slik at dette medfører endringer i gjødselpraksis.

Prosjektet ledes av NORSUS og gjennomføres i samarbeid med forskningsmiljøene NIBIO, NMBU, Norsøk og Havforskningsinstituttet, i tillegg til aktører som representerer hele verdikjeden: råstoffleverandører, biorestprodusenter og brukere av biorest.


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The project SynoProtein (Carbon capture from syngas to Single Cell Protein (SCP) and use as fish feed Ingredient) started on September1st and it will end by March 2028.

Synoprotein is funded by the Horizon Europe programme under the call-JU-CBE-2022 (Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking).

The project’s coordinator is WAI ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS. WAI is a Norwegian technology company developing and implementing environmental technologies within wastewater treatment, bio-sludge treatment, nutrients and resources recovery, hazardous waste and soil remediation and aquaculture.

The main objective of SynoProtein is to develop and demonstrate a novel carbon-negative process that enables high value creation from sawmill by-products through carbon capture and use (CCU). The aim is to establish a sawmill by-products valorisation process in a continuous flow system at a pilot scale with a production capacity of 5 kg/day for Single Cell Protein (SCP) and biochar each (dry weight). Innovative processes are developed using forest residues to be converted to single cell protein for fish feed ingredients as alternative to the traditional climate and energy intensive soybean and resource-limited wild fish protein production and to biochar production for animal feed.  11 partners from four different European countries (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany) are part of the consortium representing industry, academia, and research institutes. For more information about the project see: https://www.cbe.europa.eu/projects/synoprotein

NORSUS is responsible for assessesing the potential environmental and social impacts of the novel SynoProtein solution by using environmental and social Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies. Data will be collected in the consortium from lab scale to pilot plant and published by the end of the project in European platforms. Comparison with the state-of-the-art of the technologies will also be established. Several environmental impact categories such as climate change, water scarcity, resource scarcity and biodiversity will be investigated. In addition, NORSUS will use the Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) framework and will employ methods for involving the public in the development of the Synoprotein biobased value chains.

We acknowledge that the project is supported by the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE-JU) and its members under Grant Agreement No. 101112345.

EarthresQue er et Senter for Forskningsdrevet Innovasjon (SFI) finansiert av Norges forskningsråd som går over 8 år og er bevilget 220 millioner kroner i støtte. Senteret er landsomfattende, og vil utvikle teknologier og systemer for bærekraftig håndtering og behandling av avfall og overskuddsmasser, inkludert forurenset masse og bruk av deponier. Prosjektet skal se på økonomisk og miljømessig forsvarlig forvaltning av overskuddsmasser (stein, løsmasser, organisk) f.eks. fra store infrastrukturprosjekter, og masser som allerede er lagt på deponi. I dag er det lite eller ingen insentiver eller krav for gjenbruk eller nyttiggjøring av disse massene og negative klima- og miljøeffekter fra slike prosjekter kan bli betydelige. Målet er å få på plass systemer for å utnytte disse ressursene.

NMBU er prosjekteier og leder prosjektet som består av 33 prosjektpartnere fra privat, offentlig og kommunal sektor, inkludert NORSUS. NORSUS har flere oppgaver i prosjektet, bl.a. har vi jobbet med mudringsproblematikken i Fredrikstad.

Her finner du rapporten Sirkulær massehåndtering Sjøgata, Bodø

Due to the urgency to transform society and tackling the challenge of climate change, science needs to go beyond incremental change. NIYF develops and tests a methodology to stimulate transformative societal change in a co-constructive way with citizens and stakeholders from the civil, public, and private sector. NIYF is transdisciplinary in nature by combining social science, humanities (art), and environmental science, and involves a large group of local and national stakeholders. This provides new, participative models of local governance for the path towards carbon neutrality.

In the project, NORSUS quantifies the CO2 emission reduction effects achieved in each of the cases by state-of-the-art Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) based environmental scenario analyses, also assessing the upscaling potential.

The project is led by NTNU and funded by The Norwegian Research Council, KLIMAFORSK program, grant no 302111. Project period 2020.09.01 – 2024.08.31. See more information here: https://www.ntnu.edu/web/psychology/niyf

Prosjektet «Se min brukte kjole» er et forskningsprosjekt som har som viktigste formål å fremskaffe kunnskap som kan benyttes for å promotere samt faktisk økegjenbruksgraden av tekstiler i Oslo området.

However, there is a lack of data concerning the available products and their volumes, data on environmental effects and knowledge on business models for reuse. More specifically, there is no overview of how much of the collected textiles are suitable for reuse in Norway, there is a lack of environmental data and documentation that can support reuse, and barriers and opportunities in the Norwegian market for textile reuse are not known. Actors in the field of reuse thus have little to rely on when creating new business models.

The project will gather data that can be used by actors in the reuse market, to inform consumers about the environmental footprint of reused products and motivate them to change their purchasing habits. Furthermore, the project will provide data and knowledge that can be used to influence the authorities for facilitation and incentives for increased reuse.

The project is financed by RFF Oslo, was initiated in March 2023 and will run until the first trimester of 2025. The project is led by NF&TA, and the consortium consists of a wide range of actors in the textile industry that cover production, collection and reuse activities.

NORSUS leads the first three work packages in the project, which deal with the data on available product and their volumes, with life cycle data for environmental assessments and with creating a market for used clothing.

The aim of this project is to understand where recycled plastic should be used. The project will analyze the environmental impact from using recycled plastics in product applications with different lifetimes. For example, how beneficial is it to recycle packaging material (short lifetime) in furniture products (longer lifetime). The project will also study the impact of different recycling systems on these results. Which type of products should be recycled in closed loops rather than open loops? Or are reuse solutions preferred? A better understanding of these dynamics will help policy makers and companies to make well-informed decisions when designing new circular systems.

The research project «GreenPlantFood » (Green technology for plant-based food) er et forskningsprosjekt som har som viktigste formål å legge til rette for implementering av grønn teknologi i form av utvikling av sunne, plantebaserte matprodukter med lav miljøbelastning i Norge og hovedsakelig basert på norske råvarer. Prosjektet er finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd og prosjektdeltagerne, ble igangsatt i 2022 og vil løpe til utgangen av 2024. Prosjektet er ledet av matforskningsinstituttet Nofima. Institusjonene NMBU, NIBIO, PIK, DTU, iBET og UFT er forskningspartnere og Lantmannen Cerealia, AM Nutrition, Mills, Hoff, Norgesmøllene og Flowfood er bedriftspartnere.

NORSUS will primary be engaged in work package 6 which is about economical, social and environmental sustainability impacts by using plant protein grown in Norway as ingredients in foods, both in fresh, unprocessed and processed form. Specifically, we will improve the methods we use to calculate environmental impacts of grain legumes produced in Norway so that we will have a clearer view of these impacts. We will also look at the impact on nutrition of these products in relation to their environmental impact. Another aspect that will be studied is the impact on social sustainability, in terms of employment and national self-sufficiency, of this plant protein playing a larger part of the Norwegian diet than what is currently has. We will also cooperate with Nibio in studying social and economic barriers and possibilities.  

The project does, in large part, build on results from the research project FoodProFuture (2017-2021) that resulted in an expanded knowledge base on growing, processing, environmental impact and consumer aspects related to the plant protein crops faba beans, field peas, rapeseed and turnip rapeseed.