Robolution – Robotic Recycling Revolution

ZenRobotics Ltd is one of the selected SMEs who have received a grant in phase 2 of the SME Instrument to finance innovation development under the theme Eco-innovation and sustainable raw material supply.

Horizon 2020 – Taking great ideas to the market

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument coordinated by Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) recognizes highly innovative companies in potentially disruptive businesses. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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Robots for sustainable raw material supply

The increasing scarcity for raw materials, growingly strict regulations and social pressure have turned waste into a resource, making recycling highly attractive. This has created a major market opportunity for new technologies that achieve high purity of sorted materials at a low cost. ZenRobotics Ltd has developed a robotic waste sorting system ZenRobotics Recycler (ZRR) that has the potential to revolutionize waste sorting.

The general objective of the Robolution project is to revolutionize waste sorting by developing the ZRR for Commercial and Industrial waste so that it outperforms existing sorting technologies in terms of picking speed, purity of sorted materials and investment requirements.

The project focuses on:

  • Robot motion control for more agile sorting
  • Recognition to detect new fractions with high purity and recovery
  • Development of the reporting tool enabling optimization of the production
  • Optimization of the ZRR commissioning
  • Testing and demonstration of the new functionalities

 

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