The Centre will focus on research of
- industrial waste specific to the Moravian-Silesian Region (+ remains of mining and metallurgical past)
- construction waste
and thus, contribute to the transformation of the Moravian-Silesian Region.
CirkArena will build on broad unique partnership of research and educational organizations and public sector. It will be a bridge between the technological and knowledge base, and it will help to accelerate circular economy R&D, innovation, and education activities in the field of the circular economy.
The story of CirkArena
In the former ice hockey arena, where people used to cheer to quality performances, where talents played, teams fought for victories and the place vibrated with energy, the story of CirkArena follows and begins again. The new R&D Centre for the circular economy of the European level will bring attention to cities of Třinec and Ostrava and to the region, it will attract new talents and excellence, and the place will once again rush with energy.
The idea of the origin of CirkArena is based on the industrial history of the region and the current transformation of the regional economy. It is also a direct link to Europe’s climate goals and the move towards a low-carbon economy.
The results of CirkArena R&D activities will support the regional innovation ecosystem. They will help to exploit the potential of secondary use of raw materials stored in the region – industrial heaps, dumps and tailings ponds, which are the remains of heavy industry. The results of CirkArena R&D will contribute to the modernization and sustainability of enterprises in the region, reduction of the amount of waste, waste prevention, saving raw materials and so-called industrial symbiosis.
In June 2021, the CirkArena project was selected as one of the strategic projects of the Moravian-Silesian Region that will apply for funding from the Operational Programme Just Transition.
Total project cost in mld. CZK
Operational Programme Just Transition
Czech state budget
Project own financing
2021-2022 – Project preparation phase
2022-2027 – Contractor selection, construction, and build
2022-2027 – R&D teams and project partnership building
2026-2027 – Delivery of equipment of the Centre
2026-2027 –Pilot operation of the Centre
Research & Development
VSB – Technical University of Ostrava
Czech Technical University in Prague
Brno University of Technology
Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the CAS, v. v. i.
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
Education and awareness
Institute of Circular Economy (INCIEN)
Smart & Open Base for Innovations in European Cities and Regions, z.
The Czech Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry SUSCHEM
The statutory city Třinec
Regional Council of Development and Cooperation in Trinec
Moravian-Silesian Innovation Center Ostrava