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Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

by , 06/19/14

ERO Concrete Recycling Robot, Omer Haciomeroglu, concrete recycling, demolition robot, building material recycling, concrete reuse, energy-efficient building demolition, waste-free demolition, rebar reuse

Demolition is a messy business—not only does the process require heavy machinery and produce clouds of dust, but it also results in giant piles of rubble that often head straight for the landfill. Omer Haciomeroglu, a student at Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design has designed Ero – a robot that recycles concrete in an energy-efficient manner and separates it from rebar and other debris on the spot. The project won the 2013 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Student Designs category.

ERO Concrete Recycling Robot, Omer Haciomeroglu, concrete recycling, demolition robot, building material recycling, concrete reuse, energy-efficient building demolition, waste-free demolition, rebar reuse

Heavy machines used in demolition consume large amounts of energy in order to crush concrete walls into small pieces, not to mention that demolition processes have to be accompanied by large amounts of water sprayed onto the structures to prevent the spread of dust. Once the work is done, the rubble is transported to recycle stations where waste is separated manually. Power crushers are used to pulverize the concrete and the metal is melted for reuse.

ERO Concrete Recycling Robot can efficiently disassemble concrete structures without any waste, dust or additional separation. It is strategically placed in a building in order to scan the environment and determine the optimal way in which the operation should be executed. This smart robot has the option of switching between pulverizing and smart deconstruction modes, taking buildings down step by step. It enables reclaimed building materials to be reused as prefab concrete elements by utilizing a water jet to crack the concrete surface, separate the waste and package the dust-free material.

After deconstructing the structure with high-pressure water and sucking and separating the aggregate, cement and water, the ERO robot recycles the water back into the system. Clean aggregate is packed and labeled to be sent to concrete precast stations for reuse, while rebar is cleaned and cut, ready to be reused.

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+ 2013 IDEA

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  1. Abdul Raheem Shamaly October 20, 2014 at 6:16 am

    My coonect number is
    My e-mail is

  2. Abdul Raheem Shamaly October 20, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I need mor information about the machine:
    Maintenance cost
    Delivering to Saudi arabia -jeddah port
    Coonect website and connecting number for the factory

  3. Fernando Rocha July 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

    A machine that disassembles the concrete and leaves the steal armateur in place?
    I’m sorry to announce but this already exists long time from now ;)
    Google hydro cutting ;)

  4. Vakul Jain July 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Have you any idea of costs?.

  5. Fernando Canal April 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Great idea, but I just believe when I see

  6. ResourceEconomy April 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This looks amazing but I just worry about how this would be possible from a labor perspective. It eliminates so many people from the construction site. There are other industries where a whole site has been reduced down to one or two staff members but the unemployment from this would be huge so I doubt it would happen. We still live in a monetary system and so until we can deliver 90% automation then how is this feasible?

  7. Faruk Afc March 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    ohgod comeon it s like drawing from autocad.

  8. Jimmy Lim March 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    i like to get in touch with Omer. thank you
    my email is
    please drop me a note

  9. Russell Day February 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Demo of the NC Capital is called for unless voting rights are reinstated. I\\\’d like to unleash a robot like this on all the CSA Monuments.

  10. Kevin Newton February 21, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    What an amazing invention!

  11. steave October 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm


  12. kcklein August 25, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Is this something ready for use or just a concept?

  13. adriano.bertoldo August 19, 2013 at 4:00 am

    We use this technology to clean and remove cycles of obsolete paintings of ships.
    I like the robot.
    Have you any idea of costs?.
    It ‘s all in the car, or it needs other accessories?.
    We are in Europe (Italy)

  14. greg ory allen loftus July 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    sounds to good to be true. I would love to see this in action.

  15. manjuc325 July 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

    nice idea.

  16. Humberto H July 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Esto es el Hoy! Sinceramente asombrado y entusiasmado por este avance tan importante, mi reconocimiento a Omer Haciomeroglu, al Instituto donde estudia y a la empresa que desarrolló el prototipo.

  17. moralltach July 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Keep in mind that this doesn’t actually EXIST yet. I’d hold off on calling it amazing until it becomes more than an idea.

  18. Hazem Anwar July 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    That’s what I call engineering

  19. Jim Gunshinan July 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Has it been tested on a real building demolition? How did it do?

  20. Mana Leituala July 12, 2013 at 12:52 am

    hahaha… Great idea, but almost useless in the real world. Too much time and cost. Two things that control any construction project.

  21. Bavuno Samson July 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    That is great, and I hope leaders in institutions and politicians in Africa (Ghana) would begin to see and promote technology from that Practical angle as far as Polytechnic education is concern.

  22. Kevin Franke July 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    1 giant step for mankind. great idea

  23. robert bierma July 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I am extremely skeptical that this would result in lower energy usage for deconstruction as they are trying to claim(it would have to be a very efficient machine to achive this). Also how fast could it deconstruct. People would be willing to except some increased deconstruction time, but if it starts taking several multiple times longer then conventional methods then you are going to lose the majority of people from considering it.

  24. Akhilesh Dubey July 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    whats the cost.

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