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Ceramic demolition waste in the circular economy (React EAKR)

Ceramic demolition waste in the circular economy (React EAKR)



Project coordinator

Turku Science Park Ltd.

Project partners

  • Åbo Akademi
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
  • Funded by

  • ERDF / REACT-EU. Funded as a part of the European Union’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 80% (EUR 549 448) of the total budget is ERDF funding
  • Budget

    686 810 euros

    Åbo Akademi University’s part of the budget

    269 520 euros (39%)

    Recycling and reusing ceramic waste is a way forward into a circular economy. KERPUR-project explores new, more efficient ways to sort, recycle and reuse ceramic demolition waste.

    Usually, a large quantity of the heterogenous demolition waste ends up in landfills. However, ceramic materials are highly processed compounds that could find new recycling applications. As traditional ceramics used in construction consists of compounds produced in high-temperature reactions, these energy-intensive materials are feasible as secondary raw materials to several products.

    Work packages:

    1. Identification of new uses of ceramic waste and the quality requirements.
    2. Piloting new uses of the ceramic waste together with selected companies
    3. Carbon footprint of the pilot cases
    4. Conceptualization of a digital platform for the reuse of ceramic waste and evaluation of the value it brings to the value
    5. New business models
    6. Communication and information of the findings to target groups and internal communication between project partners.

    Åbo Akademi participates in work packages 1-3 and 6.


    Logotypes of Leverage from the EU 2014-2020, European Union European Regional Development Fund, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, Regional Council of Southwest Finland

    Contact us

    Thomas Kronberg

    Project Researcher 

    Laboratory of Molecular Science and Engineering

    Faculty of Science and Engineering