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

Objective

The recycling business is traditionally dominated by SMEs. In the last 5 years a general trend in the electronics recycling sector to bigger companies is very visible. Multinational, multi-sector companies are buying several smaller recyclers every year.
Hence the previous project HydroWEEE (03/2009–02/2012) dealt with the recovery of rare and precious metals from WEEE. The idea has been to develop a mobile plant using hydrometallurgical processes to extract metals like yttrium, indium, lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, gold, silver, nickel, lead, tin in a high purity. By making this plant mobile several SMEs can benefit from the same plant. By making the processes universal several fractions (lamps, CRTs, LCDs, printed circuit boards and Li-batteries) can be treated in the same mobile plant in batches. This reduces the minimum quantities and necessary investments. In addition these innovative HydroWEEE processes produce pure enough materials that can be directly used for electroplating and other applications.
The objective of HydroWEEE Demo is to build 2 industrial, real-life demonstration plants (1 stationary and 1 mobile) in order to test the performance and prove the viability of the processes from an integrated point of view (technical, economical, operational, social) including the assessment of its risks (incl. health) and benefits to the society and the environment as well as remove the barriers for a wide market uptake.
Finally the previously developed processes of extracting yttrium, indium, lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, gold, silver, nickel, lead, tin will be improved and new processes to recover additional metals which are still in this fractions (Cerium, Platinum, Palladium, Europium, Lanthanum, Terbium, …) as well as the integrated treatment of solid and liquid wastes will be developed.
Summarized HydroWEEE Demo will boost European competitiveness by applying novel processes for improved resource efficiency by extracting rare and precious metals.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

KOPACEK KEG
Address
Beckmanngasse 51
1140 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 843 500
Administrative Contact
Bernd Kopacek (Dr.)

Participants (8)

RELIGHT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 496 350
Address
Via Lainate 98/100
20017 Rho
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emanuela Colombo (Ms.)
ECO RECYCLING SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 387 000
Address
Via Francesco Siacci 4
00197 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luigi Toro (Prof.)
GREENTRONICS SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 196 400
Address
Strada Viilor 15
140110 Alexandria Teleorman
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristian Aionesei (Mr.)
COMPANY FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECOLOGICAL RESEARCHES SE TRADE DOO BELGRADE
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 195 000
Address
Slanacki Put St 26
11060 Beograd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zorana Nikolic (Ms.)
INSTITUT MIHAJLO PUPIN
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 260 600
Address
Volgina 15
11060 Beograd
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Milena Antic (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 174 800
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Veglio (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 58 800
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Venerino Filosa (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 58 800
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesca Beolchini (Dr.)