Speaker Balkenende - EnergyDays - 17 March 2016
Delft University of Technology
Circular Product Design: closing the loop and maintaining value
A circular economy approach aims to recover resources used and to unlock the economic potential present in used products and systems. The primary focus is on resource efficiency. Preferably a product is maintained at the highest value level, implying that continued product use is favored over reuse, repair and refurbishment (all prolonging product life), parts harvesting (recovery of components) and recycling (recovery of materials). This puts demands on technological aspects, like product design, manufacturing, disassembly and reassembly, and requires changes in the way we do business. The presentation will focus on design aspects.
Ruud Balkenende is professor of Circular product design at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. His research focuses on the design of products and product service systems that enable a closed loop of products and materials. His work is based on an integral approach to design, technology and business models.