To tackle global challenges related to the enormous amount of waste from electronic products and the shortage of non-renewable materials, EDI is developing new, sustainable technologies for wearable electronic devices under the “Horizon Europe” project SUSTRONICS, valued at €30 million.

On June 1, 2023, Institute of Electronics and Computer science (EDI), along with 46 partners from 11 European Union (EU) countries, launched the Horizon Europe project SUSTRONICS (project number 101112109 “Sustainable and green electronics for the circular economy”). The aim of the SUSTRONICS project is to guide the European electronics sector towards sustainable production and the principles of a circular economy. The SUSTRONICS objective is to pivot the European electronics industry toward sustainable production and circular economic practices. The project is set to redefine the production of electronic devices in sectors such as healthcare, diagnostics, lighting, and mobility by promoting green production methods, utilizing biological raw materials, and minimizing the use of resources and energy. The initiative envisions creating compostable and recyclable products that are in harmony with the circular economy, thereby reducing environmental impact and unveiling new business prospects.

Over the course of the project’s three-year duration, nine pilot projects will be launched, aimed at redesigning current electronic products and creating new ones. Among these, EDI develops an energy-efficient wearable bioimpedance sensor utilizing sustainable electrode materials and a standardized fabric featuring integrated connections for body sensor networks, which is expected to reduce material waste, energy usage, and manufacturing costs.

The scientific leader of EDI in this project is Dr. sc. comp. Modris Greitāns. The project’s total funding is €30 million, with Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. as the coordinator. SUSTRONICS is anticipated to reach completion by May 31, 2026.

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