Meet the partners

CIRCUSOL brings together 15 partners from 7 different countries. The consortium consists of 5 research centers and universities, 9 industrial players from the PV and battery value chains, and 1 consultancy firm. The consortium is coordinated by VITO (Flemisch Institute for Technological Research).



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Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)

VITO is an independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. VITO has over 800 highly-qualified employees who work on international projects all around the world. This organisation combines sustainability and transition throughout its research programmes and it’s committed to maximise the valorisation of research results. It’s five main research areas are sustainable materials, sustainable energy, sustainable chemistry, sustainable land use and preventive health.

VITO is the project Coordinator and leads the "circular business model co-creation" work package.  VITO also contributes to the development of battery certification protocols and energy user feedback tool.

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Lund University (LUND)

Lund University. The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)
Founded in 1994, the IIIEE initially engaged with complex environmental and industrial challenges in the field of industrial environmental economics. Today, the vision of the IIIEE is to advance strategies for sustainable solutions through cutting edge interdisciplinary research, high quality innovative education, and effective communication and strong partnerships.
The IIIEE advances knowledge on how to catalyse the transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies. The mission of the IIIEE is to promote sustainable solutions pursued by public authorities and businesses – internationally, nationally and locally. We do this through assessing governance and management processes, evaluating policy instruments and business models, and exploring visions and scenarios for sustainable futures.
LUND will lead WP5 on dissemination, exploitation and communication. It will contribute to WP1 on eco-systems analysis and simulation and WP2 on circular business model co-creation. Its main contributions to the project include the circular business modelling and co-creation methodology, business experimentation set-up and dissemination of CIRCUSOL methodologies.

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Bern University of Applied Sciences, school of engineering (BUAS)

BUAS is the largest state university for applied research performing a broad range of lecturing and R&D activities. BUAS carries out collaborative research projects with industry and public administrations, and play key roles in several European research projects, e.g. In Horizon 2020, Forwarder 2020, (Coordinator), CANVAS. The interplay between faculties results in market-driven solutions in the fields of research, consultancy, coaching, evaluation, study preparation, training and further education. BUAS provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage.

BUAS leads the "Eco-system analysis and simulation" work package.   BUAS contributes to CIRCUSOL with ecosystem analysis, system simulation model, policy analysis and asset database ICT platform development.

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Interuniversitair micro-electronica centrum (IMEC)

IMEC is one of the largest independent R&D centres worldwide in the field of nano-electronics. The Silicon PV department focuses on c-Si wafer-based solar cells and modules and works on improving the efficiency, the industrial manufacturability, the recyclability, and the cost reduction of a few advanced PV technologies for the coming decade.

IMEC has acquired a very large experience on many types of solar cells and modules since its founding in 1984. In the last years, research has also focused on the recycling of end-of-life modules via the Horizon 2020 project Cabriss and on the reliability testing of different PV technologies.

IMEC is contributing within the CIRCUSOL project mainly to the technical aspects of PV. IMEC leads the task on the development of labelling and certification protocols for second life PV modules, contribute to cost and application analysis; and contribute to design for circularity technical solutions for PV modules.



Soli Tek R&D is a manufacturing company established in 2009 to set up production lines for fabrication of multicrystalline solar cells and glass-to-glass modules. The annual capacity of PV cells and modules is 70 MW. The company received a 2014 InterSolar award. Soli Tek R&D closely cooperates with leading PV manufacturers and research institutes in developing new products.

 SOLITEK represents PV manufacturers in the consortium. SOLITEK leads the PV design for circularity task and provides input to other circular supply chain tasks such as the asset database.

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Société Nouvelle d'Affinage des Metaux-Snam (SNAM)

SNAM is a French recycler with legal authorizations to process NiCd, NiMH, Li-Ion and alkaline batteries. SNAM processes production fillings and scrap as well. Progressive requirements regarding waste collection and environmental standards drive SNAM forward in its ambitions to develop its economic and environmental performance. More recently, it has developed an expertise on the production and sales of battery systems made of recycled materials, with the aim to address market needs in the field of stationary renewable energy.

SNAM’s main roles in the project are to supply remanufactured batteries electric vehicles, to lead cost and application analysis for second-life batteries, and to support CEA in developing labelling/certification protocol.

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Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)

CEA is a public body established in October 1945. A leader in research, development and innovation. It is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defence and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, CEA maintains a cross disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.

CEA will be involved in the project through its Liten Institute, which is devoted to clean energy technologies and advanced materials. CEA Liten carries out R&D on behalf of industrial partners from a wide range of market segments: energy, land transportation, aerospace, construction, civil engineering, environmental, and IT industries, amongst others.

CEA leads the "Circular supply chain development" work package in the project.   CEA oversees the task of developing labelling/certification protocols for second life batteries and is involved in demonstration activities related to second life batteries.

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Ecopower CVBA

ECOPOWER was founded in 1992 as a cooperative company under Belgian law. The organisation has three main goals: To invest in renewable energy; to supply 100% green electricity to its cooperative members and to promote rational use of energy, renewable energy and the cooperative business model in general. By the end of 2016 Ecopower was a citizen’s cooperative with over 50.000 cooperative members, close to 200.000 shares and 45.000 customers. The latter corresponds to about 1,5 % of the Flemish household market.

ECOPOWER leads the "Large-scale demonstrators" work package and leads the Demo REScoop PV.  It also plays a key role in replication potential assessment and planning, via it’s network.

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It’s a non-profit member-based organization, PV CYCLE offers both collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services for companies and waste holders around the world. Founded in 2007 by and for the PV industry, PV CYCLE today includes a broad range of electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, packaging and industrial waste in its portfolio.

PV CYCLE contributes as a facilitator towards the recycling and waste management industry and experts in organising the collection and shipment of discarded PV Panels. It provides second-life PV modules for the testing and demonstrators.  It will also contribute within the dissemination of the results of the project towards policy makers.

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BKW Energy AG (BKW)

Is an electricity generator and distributor as well as a distribution system operator. It is expanding its activities into the infrastructure engineering and service-provider sectors. Its business covers a large portion of the energy-related value chain. This is the reason why BKW has identified the potential for a synchronized large-scale integration of rooftop PV into the whole electricity system more quickly than less-integrated companies have.

BKW leads Demo Scaling PSS and shares experience with Demo Waasland and REScoop PV.

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Futech is an organization dedicated to the installation of photovoltaic installations. The Belgium based company distinguishes itself from other PV installers in the market by its engineering approach. The company does not limit itself to installing solar panels on roofs but approaches each concept as a whole. Since the company was founded in 2008, Futech installed more than 15.000 PV installations, equivalent with an installed power of more than 120 MW.

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SOREA is active in distribution and operates its own grid. Through subsidiaries, SOREA is active in electricity production through a subsidiary and 7 small hydropower plants and 30 photovoltaic production stations. SOREA has a strong experience in driving electrical grids and connecting renewable energies to the grid and is also active in smart grids and development of clean transports, including hydrogen and EVs. As well as, in installing PV systems from 9 kWp to few MWp and their connection to the grid, on storage in connection with the grid stability and energy management.

SOREA leads Demo SecondSun4grid and will set up business plan accordingly.  For dissemination activities, it will take advantage of the French and European associations of DSOs and the French cluster on renewable energies TENERRDIS.

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Daidalos Peutz Bouwfysisch Ingenieursbureau BVBA (DAIDALOS)

It is a group of independent consultants specialised in a wide range of fields related to the design and building of any type of architectural or industrial development. Specialities range from acoustics, building physics and physics of urban design, noise control, and environmental technology to fire safety, sustainability and the optimisation of working conditions.

DAIDALOS leads Demonstrator Waasland and represents (residential) end-user in the consortium.

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Zabala Innovation Consulting

It is a Spanish SME having a wide experience in supporting entities in the management of their RTD and innovation activities, as well as in technology transfer projects and activities. It currently provides, on a contract basis, consultancy services related to RTD and innovation management. As part of its services, ZABALA is specialized in providing service to public administrations in the definition of new support innovation tools and in supporting the exploitation of R&D results in regional, national and European projects. Since 2006, ZABALA is the coordinator of the Secretariat of the European Technology Platform for Electricity Network of the Future (ETIP-SNET).

ZABALA leads the communication activities in cooperation with LUND and provides the Project Office support to the project coordinator, VITO. Furthermore, ZABALA will provide coaching in business plans development.

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Loser Chemie

The company develops and distributes a range of cutting-edge, environmentally friendly products for multiple industries, including wastewater treatment, textiles, paper, leather, and rare metal recycling. We complement these products with a full line of services, including R&D, piloting, technology transfer, and sustainability management. In 2016, Loser Chemie GmbH was recognized as a winner of the IQ Innovation Award 2016 and won the Environmental Award of Saxony 2015. LC works on the recycling of valuable metals with strategic importance from High Tech and Green Tech waste and has experience in hydrometallurgical extraction of semiconductor layers and in construction of pilot plants.

LOSER CHEMIE represents PV recycler in the consortium.  It is a key participating partner for the design for circularity task and will provide input as potential user group for the asset database ICT platform.  It will also contribute to the system simulation model development with knowledge/network in the German PV industry.