A Bright, Strong and Light Future with Materials
Mineral-based and metal-containing artefacts are produced in value chains and then used by businesses or consumers for short or long periods of time. The chemical and physical basis of materials and their production is in principle quantifiable; however, the inclusion of both life cycle thinking and future energy (exergy) supply needs to be developed.
- maximising resource use efficiency through extracting maximum value from mined products and causing no long-term environmental impact
- maximising materials use efficiency through substitution, reuse and recycling
- maximise end-use efficiency
will be the core of a Bright, Strong and Light Future.
No formal competence is needed.
About the village
Materials are and will be a pre-requisite for the modern society. Buildings, means of transport, electronics, medicines, chemicals – all rely on materials. During the next decades, the industry will need to achieve higher quality output with more efficient use of resources and energy. At the same time the boundary conditions are changing rapidly:
- Unprecedented growth in demand, mainly due to industrialization and urbanization in emerging market economies
- Rising concerns for access to critical raw materials, often used in electronics and new technologies essential for environmental protection
- Energy use and GHG emissions need to be reduced drastically to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system
- Mature economies experience an increasing availability of scrap which may be used as a secondary resource and may thereby address 1-3, however, unresolved challenges remain
Metals producers need to adjust to these changing boundary conditions in order to remain competitive on the global markets. This requires several breakthroughs, e.g. new technologies for more resource efficient and emissions saving primary and secondary production, new tools for forecasting changes in the global material cycles and for identifying the most effective combinations of technologies to support decision making in industry and government.
Projects in this village are initiated and developed by the students, often in close contact with industry representatives and/or researchers at NTNU/SINTEF.
Important information about EiT:
- The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
- EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
- In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
- For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.