VTT, together with a dozen partners, will research the potential for developing recyclable and compostable electronics and optical materials using renewable resources as part of a two-year project. Funded by Business Finland to the tune of €4.2 million, ECOtronics aims to develop materials that can be safely recycled, composted, or even that decompose in nature.
The materials R&D will focus on substrate materials used as a base for electronic and optical components, VTT wrote in a press release on 28 November. The research institute will contribute to the project a pilot manufacturing facility for printed intelligence and long-term experience from the development of bio-based materials.
The project partners are nine electronics companies (New Cable Corporation, Iscent, Paptic, Green Company Effect, Stora Enso, Vaisala, GE Healthcare Finland, Confidex, and Total R&D) and four research partners – VTT, the University of Tampere, Lappeenranta University of Technology, and Lahti University of Applied Sciences.