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SUSTAINABLE ENERGY HARVESTING SYSTEMS BASED ON INNOVATIVE MINE WASTE RECYCLING

Descripción del proyecto

Garantizar que los residuos de la minería y el calor residual no se pierdan

Desde la producción de acero y alimentos hasta la electrónica, las máquinas y los procesos de fabricación generan un calor que no debe desecharse ni perderse. El equipo del proyecto START, financiado con fondos europeos, recogerá el calor residual y lo transformará directamente en energía eléctrica. Esto se logrará mediante el desarrollo de sistemas termoeléctricos (TE) sostenibles, con el valor añadido de aprovechar los residuos de la minería europea para los materiales TE, evitando así el suministro de materias primas críticas de terceros países. En general, el concepto de START representa una gran oportunidad para mejorar la eficacia energética global, aumentar la productividad de los recursos y reducir la dependencia de los recursos y los residuos, en consonancia con los objetivos del Pacto Verde y del Plan de Acción de la para la Economía Circular de la Unión Europea.

Objetivo

START project primary objective is to build an innovation ecosystem in the European Union (EU) based on the development of sustainable and economically viable thermoelectric (TE) waste heat harvesting systems to be applied in heavy industry and in maritime industry as well as primary power source for off-grid sensors and IoT devices. This objective will be achieved by incorporating abundant sulphides (mainly tetrahedrite mineral series), at present an environment hazard in mine tailings, collected in five European countries, in the production of advanced sulphide p-type TE thermoelements. In contrast, current commercial TE devices incorporate p-type and n-type TE thermoelements that are produced from expensive and rare elements, namely tellurium, which is predominantly sourced in China. The impact of START project approach on endorsing a more sustainable and resilient EU comes from three inputs. First, by reducing EU?s dependence on primary critical raw materials. Secondly, through the promotion of circular economy processes that will create value in EU by building a strategic ecosystem based on a high-abundant mineral. Just recently, it was demonstrated by our team that the mineral was amenable to processing to single phase p-type tetrahedrite. Thirdly, by the production of TE energy harvesting systems offering a contribution to the reduction of fossil fuels consumption with a great impact on the increase of the overall efficiency of energy production and consumption systems, as well as on the reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions. For that, START project aggregates research organizations, with strong background and knowledge on geology, materials science and renewable energies, and industrial organizations that guarantee the entire production and exploitation supply chain.

Coordinador

Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 1 083 942,00
Dirección
Rua da Amieira
4466-901 S.Mamede De Infesta
Portugal

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Región
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 1 083 942,50

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