Smartphones for Life? Modular Designs for Circular Products Lifecycles

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Stop stacking: Modular designs by Fraunhofer IZM enable longer working lives

Modular smartphones have the unique ability to upgrade to keep pace with technology’s progress and changing consumer habits. This gives the devices a longer useful life, which means fewer phones need to be produced and their ecological footprint can be reduced. To realize all of the potential of modular designs, the MoDeSt project is investigating the technical, social, and commercial factors at work to find solutions for viable modular concepts.

Fraunhofer IZM is heading the project with responsibility for the environmental assessments and definition of ecodesign criteria.

Project information

Duration: July 01, 2019 - July 31, 2020

Funding code: 033R231

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The MoDeSt project is being supported through the funding initiative “Resource Efficient Circular Economies – Innovative Product Cycles (ReziProK)“ . ReziProK is part of the BMBF research concept “Resource Efficient Circular Economies”, introduced to support projects working on new business models, design concepts, or digital technologies for closed-loop product lifecycles.

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Project Partners

  • SHIFT GmbH
  • TU Berlin, Fachgebiet Transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in der Elektronik
  • Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Centre for Sustainability Management
  • AfB gemeinnützige GmbH
  • Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (JKU)
  • Institute for Integrated Quality Design (assoziierter Partner)

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