Despite their durability, composites still have a finite useful life. New business opportunities in the processing route are currently being investigated. Prominent players in this field will speak at an interactive workshop on 11 September to offer guidance on the problem of the disposal of large composite structures.

Earlier this year, WindEurope - the voice of the European wind industry - interviewed Pieter Jan Jordaens of OWI-Lab. You can read the highlights of this interview below.

In times of global competition, offering added value through your products is an important strategy to stand out among the crowd. This can be achieved in several ways and some options are just a perfect match for the circular economy concept: by extending the life cycle of products, by means of reuse, repairs ... companies can cash in on added value and deploy their resources to the maximum.

With its office furniture and office decoration Pami wants to make concrete moves towards a circular economy. Sirris and Agoria helped them put the pieces together for a step-by-step plan based on their own strengths. This definitely boosts the dynamics at the company.

In cold climates, icing events and long periods with extreme low temperatures may impact the behaviour of standard wind turbines and this reverberates negatively on economics and safety of the wind farm. The behaviour of wind turbines operating in cold climates is studied at an international level by the IEA Wind TCP Task 19, a group of experts, of which Sirris is the representative member for Belgium.

Agoria and Sirris created the 'Top Faculty' initiative to foster interactions between the technology industry and top-notch worldwide universities. Building bridges between our technology industry and a worldwide ecosystem of top universities is sure to boost competitiveness and innovation.

How new are the new business models to reach a circular economy actually? A look to the past can also teach us some things, thanks to the 18th century engineer and inventor James Watt.

Tackling corrosion issues and developing new materials in the wave, tidal and offshore wind sectors across Europe could save up to €84,000 million for developers and create up to €82,000 million of supply chain opportunities by 2050, according to two new reports Commissioned by the NeSSIE project, in which Sirris is a partner.

Policy-makers, companies, NGOs ... the whole of society agrees that we need to make material cycles circular, invest in life cycle extension, regeneration, sharing systems, etc. On the Day of Circular Economy it became clear once again that the industry plays an essential role. Interface is now accepting the challenge.

Your company will undoubtedly start doing a lot more with circular economy in the years ahead. Why? It allows you to do business while caring for the environment, it helps you increase your financial strength and stimulates innovation. Smart waste handling is only a small part of the story. You can become circular by rethinking business models and logistic systems and by redesigning products. Sirris and Agoria are organising a bootcamp to help you get started!