EIT RawMaterials | Upscaling Project

TripleLink project: Linking software solutions and advanced resource-oriented sustainability indicators to improve product life cycle and circularity assessment.

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openLCA

 

The open source Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and footprint software with a broad range of features and many available databases.

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HSC Chemistry
 
The leading process modelling, simulation and design software which calculates material and energy balances of mineralogical, metallurgical and chemical processes.

WHAT IS THE TRIPLELINK PROJECT?

TripleLink's aim is to create an integrated software solution that assesses and optimizes the footprint of products and technologies in process and manufacturing industry.

This is done by further developing and linking globally leading commercial software packages HSC Chemistry (Metso Outotec) and openLCA (GreenDelta).

 

These processing software and sustainability assessment packages will integrate advanced environmental Life Cycle Assessment, circularity and criticality indicators as well as thermo-economic information to ultimately create new functionalities within each software.

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Partners

9

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6

Countries
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36

Months
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Funding

1.3 Mio €

Developments

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The GeoPolRisk tool that has been developed in the project is based on a method that is a product-level supply risk assessment method assesing the 'outside-in' impacts of resource supply disruption on a product system. It was developed to calculate the supply risk of a resource from the point of view of a country, region, or group of countries and serves to complement environmental indicators in LCA.
The GeoPolRisk method provides a value for the geopolitical related supply risk and a characterization factor for the midpoint indicator 'Supply Risk Potential'.



Koyamparambath et al., 2022: Supply risk evolution of raw materials for batteries and fossil fuels for selected OECD countries (2000–2018)

 
CASE STUDIES

The partners in the project currently develop 4 case studies to showcase the link between HSC Chemistry and openLCA but also the use of the circularity and criticality indicators:

 
  1. Environmental impact evaluation for the lithium production from spodumene concentrate
  2. Asessing the geopolitical risk for the graphite supply
  3. Circularity-Life Cycle Assessment for alkaline batteries
  4. Environmental impact evaluation for the recycling of NMC batteries