Journal article

The simulation-based analysis of the resource efficiency of the circular economy - the enabling role of metallurgical infrastructure

NJ Bartie, A Abadias Llamas, M Heibeck, M Froehling, O Volkova, MA Reuter

Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Process metallurgy is a key enabler and the heart of the Circular Economy (CE). This paper shows the state-of-the-art approach to understanding the resource efficiency of very large-scale CE systems. Process simulation permits system-wide exergy analysis also linked to environmental footprinting. It is shown that digital twins of large CE systems can be created and their resource efficiencies quantified. This approach provides the basis for detailed estimation of financial expenditures as well as high-impact CE system innovation. The cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic technology life cycle, which brings several metal infrastructures into play, is studied. The results show that considerabl..

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