In this K-MAG interview, Dr. Holger Berg from Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy talks about the "DiLinK" project (Digital Solutions for Industrial Plastic Cycles), explains how digitalization can contribute to more sustainability in the plastics industry and reveals why he believes there are too many types of plastic.
Dr. Berg, what is the objective of the DiLinK project?
Dr. Holger Berg: The DiLinK project aims to enable producers to create high-quality products from recycled plastics with digital technologies. The idea is to demonstrate the quality of recyclates during the recycling process, thus giving plastics companies better options to use recyclates and enable better, simpler, and more cost-effective processing.
How do you plan to achieve this goal?
Berg: In our research, we first started to analyze the whole system, identify the present problems and challenges, and use this as a foundation to subsequently develop or improve technologies along with our project partners to facilitate the respective quality assessments. This especially pertains to sensor technologies in the recycling process. We are also developing software that can process and transfer the collected data in the system. Finally, we are developing an ecosystem concept for all applications to ensure the seamless data transmission between recyclers and plastic manufacturers and create a distinct framework for this exchange.