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COMPRO: resources from wastewater

Circularity in Urban Regions

We can produce high-value building material from resources derived from organic waste-streams. The COMPRO project upcycl

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CINDERELA - living lab

Circularity in Urban Regions

In a circular society, we aim to close waste streams in order to keep valuable resources in the loop. One of these resource-rich waste streams is wastewater. CINDERELA transforms urine from wastewater into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

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Circular Components in Built Environment

Circularity in Urban Regions

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s biggest societal challenges. In this project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler were developed and tested.

AMS Institute addresses the urban challenge of transitioning from a linear to a circular model of resource management in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). Circularity means to rethink and redesign the flow of resources such as building materials, water, food and energy that drive urban activities. The goal is to reuse resources rather than dispose them as in the linear model. It further means to establish integrated sustainable ecosystems coherent with this novel resilient economic model. In circular flows, the value of the people, planet and prosperity is retained or created anew and not destructed.

3D Printing in the Circular City

How we work on a circular Amsterdam

For the transition towards circularity in urban regions, all scale levels matter. The approach looks at materials, products and components and also at buildings, infrastructures, districts, city, national and even at the global scale level.

The processes that are associated with circularity in cities at various levels are part of a differentiated and dynamic system. For instance, critical metals that are needed for renewable energy components need to circulate again after some time in production to avoid depletion. Currently such metals are transported from afar and may not be guaranteed in the future global market. Therefore, we need to look at the possibilities of mapping the availability of these resources within closer proximity, re-use them and keep them on the market.

In the construction sector, concepts and developments that support a circular model are, for instance urban mining and material passports. These concepts and developments face the challenge of integrating circular material use in the energy transition.

“REPAiR’s interactive geo-design tool shows what activities and stakeholders are connected to what waste. It also allows city authorities to select the right enabling context for certain solutions. They can see where certain implementations should be located to have the largest impact, and how flows are affected by certain policy or planning decision.”

Tamara Streefland

Sustainability Consultant

3D Printing the Circular City

A city bench, 3D printed from plastic waste

REPAiR

Building a geo-design spatial mapping tool that connects waste streams to circular business opportunities.

WASCOM

Creating bio-composite materials from the city's wastewater streams.

To best describe the implications and positive potential for social, spatial, financial, legal, and technical systems, more research is required. It is still unclear how to upscale innovations in a socially inclusive and architecturally elegant manner yet AMS Institute includes social values in its research agenda and holistic approach

“The NUWTS project – which involves regional water authorities, drinking water companies, municipalities and an engineering consultancy – researches new urban water transport systems as enablers for resource recovery in the urban environment. This is crucial for Amsterdam to develop into a competitive and sustainable European metropolis. It’s great to see the interplay of all the participants.”

Amsterdam has positioned itself as a front-runner of circular innovation and other municipalities, like Haarlemmermeer are following suit. Multiple organizations join the movement to explore and develop circular opportunities as well. The city of Amsterdam joined these efforts by creating awareness, offering critical tools that facilitate circularity and establishing projects and programs around circularity, to which AMS Institute actively contributes with all the projects and activities that are explained below.

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The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

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Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

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Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

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Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

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Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

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Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

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Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

News

Circularity of solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we increase circularity of solar panels? This Circular Economy Lab we discussed existing applications and future

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The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

Project

The Ideal(s) City

Circularity in Urban Regions

Amsterdam, just like other cities, faces several urban challenges, whereof most of these are intertwined. The Ideal(s) City project untangles these urban challenges and uses the ocean of information that is already available to gain new insights.

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Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

Project

Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

Project

Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

Project

Circular solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

In this project we are extending the lifetime of solar panels by giving discarded panels a second life...

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

News

Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

Project

Urban Plastic Soup

Circularity in Urban Regions

Urban plastic waste is a major source of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.

News

Funding to accelerate timber building

Circularity in Urban Regions

AMS Institute receives funding for extended research on misconceptions regarding timber construction. With this collaboration, the project partners aim to shift mindsets towards timber building in the European construction industry.

News

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

News

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

News

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

News

Cement Recycling Using Biobased Chemicals

Circularity in Urban Regions

The production of concrete causes 7% of total global CO2 emissions. These emissions can be significantly reduced by using recycled cement. A consortium led by WUR and TNO will investigate how this can be achieved eco-friendly and using biobased chemicals.

News

Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

News

Spore: smart biowaste bins for the city

Entrepreneurship

AMS Startup Booster alumni Spore developed smart biowaste bins to identify contamination and efficiently collect waste.

News

Circularity of solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we increase circularity of solar panels? This Circular Economy Lab we discussed existing applications and future

News

Circularity of solar panels

Circularity in Urban Regions

How can we increase circularity of solar panels? This Circular Economy Lab we discussed existing applications and future