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Replacement and Original Magnet Engineering Options

Objective

Permanent magnets are vital components in an enormous number of domestic and industrial devices, and they are particularly crucial within the rapidly-developing renewable energy sector, where the motors for electric vehicles and the generators in wind turbines require strong magnets with the ability to operate at temperatures well over 100°C. Currently, these magnets are based on the rare earth elements neodymium and dysprosium, which are predominantly mined in China (>95%). Exports are being restricting as a result of an expanding domestic market and a policy of relocating magnet manufacturing to China, thereby multiplying the costs of raw materials for magnet manufacturers in Europe. The rare-earth crisis is particularly critical for heavy rare earths such as dysprosium that are currently required to assure the high temperature performance of the magnets. In accordance with EU objectives to remove, or greatly reduce, the need for heavy rare earths in permanent magnets, ROMEO will first research and develop several novel microstructural-engineering strategies that will dramatically improve the properties of magnets based purely on light rare earths elements, especially the coercivity, which will enable them to be used for applications above 100°C. ROMEO’s second ambitious goal is to develop a totally rare-earth-free magnet; aiming to drastically reduce Europe’s dependence on Chinese imports while shifting emphasis in magnet manufacturing from a raw-materials-dependent business to one that is essentially knowledge-based, and flourishing in Europe. The ROMEO consortium assembles the best European academic expertise in permanent magnetism together with world-leading magnet manufacturers and European companies who are eager to exploit these newly developed materials, especially within the “green energy” sector, while external advisory board members in the USA and Japan bring special expertise and global reach to the ROMEO consortium.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 638 420
Administrative Contact
Jadran Lenarčič (Prof.)

Participants (13)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 277 320
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Oliver Gutfleisch (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 495 828
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Rochet (Mr.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE ST. POELTEN FORSCHUNGS GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
Address
Matthias Corvinusstrasse 15
3100 St. Poelten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Birgit Korherr (Dr.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 543 349
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 353 672
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Josef Fidler (Prof.)
KOLEKTOR GROUP VODENJE IN UPRAVLJANJE DRUZB DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 118 800
Address
Vojkova Ulica 10
5280 Idrija
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernarda Uršič Steiner (Mrs.)
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 200
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Reiner Leikard (Mr.)
VACUUMSCHMELZE GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 129 015
Address
Gruner Weg 37
63450 Hanau
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Both (Mr.)
VALEO EQUIPEMENTS ELECTRIQUES MOTEUR SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 143 841
Address
2 Rue Andre Boulle
94000 Creteil
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antoine De Monts (Mr.)
DAIMLER AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 134 897
Address
Mercedesstrasse 137
70327 Stuttgart
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Reiser (Mr.)
TEMAS AG TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 340 480
Address
Alpenstrasse 3
8152 Opfikon
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Annemarie Gemperli (Ms.)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER FESTKOERPER- UND WERKSTOFFFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 278 096
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 20
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgit Benz (Mrs.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE ST POELTEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 327 388
Address
Matthias Corvinus Strasse 15
3100 St Polten
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birgit Bauer (Dr.)