In the scope of the curricular unit (UC) of Eco-design and Eco-efficiency, the present assignment corresponds to an evaluation component of the UC, where it is intended that students develop an Eco-design and Eco-efficiency project of a selected product in its industrial production environment. For the latter, each group must select a product/company of the bellow pool:

  1. Levira (Oiã)
  2. Mistolim (Vagos)
  3. Moldit (Loureiro)
  4. Pinha – Fábrica de Aquecimento Eléctrico (Águeda)
  5. Oliviera & Irmão (Aveiro)
  6. Composite Solutions (Vagos)
  7. Ramalhos (Águeda)

The assignment is to be done in groups 4 to 5 persons. Each group must me composed by students from at least two different courses. The assignment represents 60% of the final grade of the UC, whatever the students are in discrete evaluation or in final evaluation.

The development of the assignment can be divided in three parts: i) product and fabrication process (as done in the company); ii) application of eco-design principals to the product; and, iii) application of eco-efficiency principles to the production process. In the first step, the group must analyze the product and how the product is currently manufactured. After this, the group should rethink the product in order to decrease the resource use intensity, giving priority to the use of renewable materials, including recyclable and/or bio-based materials, and with less hazard and risk (for humans and the environment) and reuse of materials. Consider “modularization” of the components, allowing easy disassembly, recovery, reuse and end-of-life screening (standard components). Definition of recycling, reuse and life-cycle extension criteria, considering possible useful applications of by-products and waste. Finally, groups should pursue ways to attain more efficient and cleaner production models, producing more, at lower prices, with fewer resources, less waste and less impact on the environment.

The assignment must be developed with the fulfillment of the following milestones:

M1 | Oct 22 | Product and production description (current situation)
Deliverable: 3 minutes video explaining the product and the production process.

M2: | Nov 12 | Life cycle assessment of the product (current situation)
Deliverable: 5 minutes video presenting the current LCA of the product and the production process.

M3 | Nov 26 | Eco-design of the product and production processes eco-efficiency
Deliverable: 5 minutes video explaining the eco-design and eco-efficiency proposals.

M4 | Dec 10 | Full assignment presentation and discussion (IN THE COMPANY TO THE COMPANY PEOPLE)*
Deliverable: none | 6 minutes presentation of the full assignment followed by discussion of the proposals

M5 | Dec 17 | Final report delivery
Deliverable: Full assignment technical proposal (max 6 A4 pages + plus attachments).


Final Remarks:

1) The deliverables, presentation and discussion above mentioned, can be either in English or Portuguese.

2) The assignment can be later reformulated, and all the deliverables handed again, in the “normal” exams period and/or “recurso” exams period.

3) Students and other people involved in this assignment must compromise to keep all information accessed and deliverables confidential. Additionally, if the assignment creates truly innovative results that may be object of intellectual property registration, the copyright will be given to the University of Aveiro and to the company. The copyright given to the University of Aveiro will not jeopardize the rights of the students to be designated as creators, inventors or authors of the invention or creation, as well as the teachers and other involved staff.

(*) The presentation to the company can be in any day of the week of 10 to 15 of December.



Rating criteria
The work developed by the groups should express good technical-scientific quality, namely, fulfill the stated objectives in the assignment description, present knowledge about the state of the art, present the information in a rigorous and sustained way, as well as a good critical analysis of the results obtained. Presentations and deliverables must be clear and concise. The authors of the works must present good reasoning regarding the questions and comments placed.

Scale of qualitative classifications and their respective numerical scales
Excellent (19-20): Completely achieved goals, perfect presentations and deliverables (or with errors of detail, but of little importance) and presentation of objective indicators of excellence: report that can easily be converted into a scientific articles or equivalent;
Very good (17-18): Completely achieved goals and presentations and deliverables above average;
Good (15-16): generally achieved goals and correct presentations and deliverables in general, with some failures and / or omissions admitted;
Satisfies (13-14): goals partially achieved and presentations and deliverables reasonable, but with noticeable gaps;
Sufficient (10-12): objectives partially achieved and presentations and deliverables corresponding to the minimum criteria required.


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