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Innovative Hydrometallurgical Processes to recover Metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries

Objetivo

The recycling business is traditionally dominated by SMEs. In the last 2-3 years a general trend in the electronics recycling sector to bigger companies is very visible. Multinational, multisector companies are buying several smaller recyclers every year. This trend is caused by 2 factors: • Many countries transposed the WEEE- and Battery Directives in a way relying heavily on collective systems. • Also the big secondary raw material processors are more interested in few big contracts instead of a lot of small contracts as this brings down their administrative costs. Therefore it is close to impossible to sell materials with a high metal concentration for SMEs at the moment. Therefore the HydroWEEE project deals with the recovery of base and precious metals from WEEE including lamps and spent batteries by hydrometallurgical processes. The idea is to develop a mobile plant using hydrometallurgical processes to extract metals like Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn), Yttrium (Y), Indium (In), … in a high purity (above 95%). By making this plant mobile (in a container) several SMEs can benefit from the same plant at different times and therefore limit the necessary quantities of waste as well as investments. In addition this new HydroWEEE process will produce pure enough materials that they can be directly used by end-users for electroplating. Because of this 2 levels of intermediaries from today (bigger recyclers and secondary material processors) will be bypassed. This will make the SMEs much more competitive than today and reverse the general trend to bigger companies. The HydroWEEE consortium has 9 partners from 4 countries - 3 EU Member States (Austria, Romania, Italy) and a Western Balkan Country (Serbia). All in all it has been calculated that HydroWEEE generates a turnover in excess of 100 million € and about 150 interesting work places within the SMEs – approximately 100 times the total cost of the project or 130 times the EU-funding

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Régimen de financiación

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinador

OSTERREICHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR SYSTEM- UND AUTOMATISIERUNGSTECHNIK
Dirección
Konrad-duden-gasse 33
1130 Wien
Austria
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Aportación de la UE
€ 39 610
Contacto administrativo
Bernd Kopacek (Dr.)

Participantes (8)

ECO RECYCLING SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 276 075
Dirección
Via Francesco Siacci 4
00197 Roma
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Ida De Michelis (Dr.)
RELIGHT SRL
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 130 555
Dirección
Via Lainate 98/100
20017 Rho
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Emanuela Colombo (Ms.)
COMPANY FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECOLOGICAL RESEARCHES SE TRADE DOO BELGRADE
Serbia
Aportación de la UE
€ 139 175
Dirección
Slanacki Put St 26
11060 Beograd
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Zorana Nikolic (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 5 990
Dirección
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Anna Maria Provinciali (Dr.)
INSTITUT MIHAJLO PUPIN
Serbia
Aportación de la UE
€ 11 070
Dirección
Volgina 15
11060 Beograd
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo
Milena Antic (Ms.)
GREENTRONICS SRL
Rumanía
Aportación de la UE
€ 205 935
Dirección
Strada Viilor 15
140110 Alexandria Teleorman
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Nicolae Voicu (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 9 834
Dirección
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Leonardo Adamo Pajewski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 6 756
Dirección
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Francesca Beolchini (Dr.)