Why do we do it?
At CORE, we're driven by a deep sense of purpose and commitment. We see waste not as something to simply throw away, but as a chance to innovate, teach, and develop solutions that turn environmental problems into sustainable answers.
Our commitment to developing sustainable waste solutions comes from the urgent need to tackle major global challenges. The harmful effects of uncontrolled waste on our planet call for creative ideas and immediate action. We believe that change starts with us, and the solutions we come up with now will lead to a brighter, sustainable future.
For us, it's more than just working on projects; it's about the positive impact we can create by working together with our community of innovators, educators, and engineers. We face every challenge head-on, work closely together, and stay focused on our goal to make a lasting, positive mark on our world. Come join us on this journey, and let's change the way we manage waste to create a cleaner, greener future together.
THE NEXT GENERATION
THE FIRST GENERATION
In 2015, CORE's founder, Dirk, took a significant step by designing a pioneering waste management factory as his high school project, laying the groundwork for CORE's practical applications.
The journey began as the Instituut Voor Elementaire Retractie, driven by the vision to tackle the challenges posed by industrial waste streams that were often discarded without consideration for sustainability.
Building on the foundation, Dirk and his father, Gabby, co-founded IVER B.V., marking the birth of an industrial application of CORE's innovative waste management technologies.
This year saw the establishment of CORE as a student team, aiming not only to win the TU/e contest but to grow and achieve further success in the field of waste management.
In 2020, CORE unveiled CORE Fournos, a one-of-a-kind test oven that expanded the technological possibilities and potential applications of CORE's innovations.
ZERO AGE PROJECT
The launch of the ZERO AGE cluster marked a crucial milestone, dedicated to educating the next generation about responsible waste collection and its broader societal impacts. The cluster also provided real-world challenges to young engineers.
CORE introduced its second installation, CORE Titan, a battery shredder designed to prevent battery fires. It earned prestigious recognition by winning the Rabobank award for the most sustainable innovation in 2022.
Inspired by the pressing need for early battery detection in waste recycling, CORE initiated the development of TEMNOS—an AI-based sorting system designed to identify batteries within waste streams, a critical step in responsible waste management.
CORE's reach expanded further in 2023 as it officially became a learning environment, welcoming members not only from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) but also from AVANS, SUMMA, Tilburg University, and Fontys.
Continuing its trajectory of innovation, CORE unveiled CORE Magma, an innovative oven designed to transform fly-ash into basalt tiles—a process that, while technical, contributes to sustainability in a beautiful way.
CORE embarked on the HELIOS project, dedicated to improving the recycling of valuable and highly pure materials from solar panels. This initiative aimed to rectify the inefficiencies in current panel processing methods, contributing to a more sustainable future.
OFFICIAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
The year 2023 marked the inception of the HYPERIOS project, featuring SPOT—an autonomous railway inspection robot. This project showcased CORE's commitment to continuous innovation in waste management and beyond, focusing on real-world problem-solving.