Life Cycle Engineering Research Group

Technical products are complex systems that affect the environment through the use of energy and raw materials as well as through the generation of emissions. Solutions towards achieving a sustainable development demand a life cycle-oriented approach. The aim is to minimize costs and optimize revenues as well as minimize risks and environmental impacts throughout the entire product life cycle (from cradle idea to gate).

The Life Cycle Engineering department is focused in the evaluation of the sustainability implications of products and process on a life cycle perspective. In this regard, we aim at developing computational tools that enable a comprehensive quantification and analysis of potential sustainability issues brought by the emergence of new technologies and its attached technology change.

By applying system analysis methodologies such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) along with modern computational and analytical approaches such as visual analytics, the LCE department aims at efficiently disclosing insights from large and complex product systems to support relevant stakeholders such as manufacturers, policy makers and consumers during decision making processes.

LCE of emerging technologies

Environmental, economic and social assessments of technology changes

Integrated Computational LCE

Flexible, modular, fast and comprehensive computational tools for LCE

Visual Analytics for LCE

Application of visual analytics tools to disclose interrelations and insights from complex product systems and better support engineers

Circular Economy

Methods and tools to support Design for Environment (DfE) and Design for Recycling (DfR) planning of disassembly and recycling systems

Projects (selected)

  • BenchBatt – Benchmarking and Evaluation of Performance and Costs of High Energy and Voltage Lithium Ion Batteries compared to Post Lithium Battery Technologies

  • BiNa – New paths, strategies, business and communication models for bioplastics as a building block of a sustainable economy

  • GenDru – Resource efficient production of pressure-sensitive moulded adhesives by generative printing processes

  • MultiMaK2 – Design and development of assessment tools for ecologically optimized multi-material automotive components for mass production

  • LithoRec II – Recycling of Lithium-Ionen-Batteries

  • Fleets Go Green – Integrated Analysis and Evaluation of the Environmental Performance of Electric and Plug-in-Hybrid Vehicles in Everyday Usage on the Example of Fleet Operations

  • MultiMaK – Design and development of assessment tools for ecologically optimized multi-material automotive components for mass production

  • eLCAr – E-Mobility Life Cycle Assessment Recommendations

  • LithoRec – Recycling of Lithium-Ionen-Batteries
  • PRODTECT– Development of a software as a ecological and economic decision support tool in consideration of all life cycle phases

  • CUBES– CUBES Circle - Closed urban modular energy- and resource-efficient agricultural systems

  • solvoPET– Entwicklung einer Verwertungstechnologie für PET Altkunststoffe aus Multilayer- und anderen Abfallverbunden

  • iCAREPLAST- Integrated Catalytic Recycling of Plastic Residues into Added-Value Chemicals<


Felipe Cerdas
Felipe Cerdas

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