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Research Areas

HOLISTIC APPROACH Through our focus on circular economy, SINTEF combine technological expertise with economic and environmental expertise in order to provide our customers with multidisciplinary solutions. Important topics are development of optimization models combining technological possibilities with economic and environmental effects, development of innovative business models and new forms of cooperation as well as developing the materials and technology of tomorrow.

Circular Technology

We develop and deliver solutions on recycling of metals, polymers and other materials, and on electromagnetic and X-ray sorting technologies.

  • Materials
  • Eco-Design
  • Sorting Technologies
  • Recycling Technologies
  • Digital Assets



Environmental impact of new solutions and business models are analysed through LCA and other industrial ecology tools.

  • LCA
  • Social LCA
  • Low-carbon procurement
  • Social-technical transition
  • Industrial ecology tools
  • Input-output analysis
  • Environmental product declaration



Value chain optimization for designing the best possible industry network including material flows, investments and logistics.

  • Organisational innovation
  • Regional economic models
  • Industrial symbiosis
  • Value chain optimisation
  • Materials flow
  • Contract design