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Refractory Sorting Using Revolutionising Classification Equipment

Objective

Circular economy will be one of the main drivers to significantly reduce CO2 in the refractory industry, as the energy-intensive primary raw material production has by far the highest impact on the product's carbon footprint. So far, automated sorting solutions could not consolidate in refractory recycling because the development is extremely complex and requires combination of different sensor technologies. The ReSoURCE project will innovate the full process chain of refractory recycling with an AI-supported multi sensor sorting equipment as its core technology. Combining laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, hyper spectral imaging with optimized pre-processing and automated ejection will lay the foundation to set a new state of the art for refractory sorting starting of particle sizes down to below 1 mm. The continuous monitoring of the economic and ecologic benefits by techno-economic and life cycle assessment will ensure the green and digital transformation of the refractory recycling value chain.
Reaching the ReSoURCE objectives will lead to massive annual CO2 reductions (up to 800 kilo tonnes) and energy savings (up to 760 GWh) in the European Union. Naturally usage of secondary raw materials is related to a reduction of extractive processing in the raw material mines (reduction of 1 million ton). Simultaneously, it will give access to currently unexploited raw material sources within the European, therewith strengthening EUs resilience by fostering refractory material autarky, particularly as some of the refractory base materials are listed on the EU's critical raw material list (bauxite, graphite).
The two demonstrators to be build in course of the ReSoURCE project, will ensure the straight-forward exploitation and implementation of this revolutionising recycling process chain in the European industry.

Coordinator

RHI MAGNESITA GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 1 540 170,00
Address
Kranichberggasse 6
1120 Wien
Austria

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Wien Wien
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 660 073,75

Participants (7)

LSA-LASER ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS & AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
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€ 569 419,00
Address
Feldstrasse 40
52070 Aachen

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 244 037,25
INNOLAS LASER GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 280 000,00
Address
Justus Von Liebig Ring 8
82152 Krailling

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 120 000,00
NORSK ELEKTRO OPTIKK AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 568 750,00
Address
Ostensjoveien 34
0667 Oslo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 243 750,00
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
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€ 962 435,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN
Austria
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€ 803 527,00
Address
Franz Josef Strasse 18
8700 Leoben

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Südösterreich Steiermark Östliche Obersteiermark
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
SINTEF AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 990 343,00
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
CROWDHELIX LIMITED
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 371 000,00
Address
Trinity House 7 Georges Quay
T12NAX0 Cork

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ireland Southern South-East
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 159 000,00