SORMEN is a pre competitive research project scheduled in two years. The main objective is to develop a new technology for the separation of non ferrous metal Waste from Electric and Electronic Equipment WEEE based on multi and hyper spectral identification. The project is divided in seven workpackages including project management and exploitation Amp dissemination activities. This new technology will overcome the shortcomings posed by current methods, which are unable to separate valuable materials very similar in colour size or shape. The project will provide a reliable technology to automate scrap processing in the recycling sector for non-ferrous metals from WEEE, which is nowadays essentially manual labour intensive and time consuming.
The main innovations are as follows:
1) A multi and hyper spectral identification device for recycling applications
2) A new separation method will be developed for distinguishing individual non- ferrous metals from a scrap of many different materials
3) An automatic machine with low maintenance for fractions between 10 50mm
4) A machine able of processing around 3 tonnes hour at a market target price of around 90 000
The development of this new method will increase the value of recycled materials sold in the market and reduce recycling cost thus improving overall SME economic profit Additionally it will contribute to reduce external costs namely costs derived from destruction and land filling and complying with European directives.
The Consortium of this project consists of five SMEs and two RTD performers, three WEEE recycling companies, INDUMETAL Spain, PGP Poland, and one manufacturer of recycling equipment, HEVAC Spain, one imaging system vendor, SPECIM Finland, one association of recyclers, ACLIMA Spain and two RTD performers, ROBOTIKER Spain Amp ,CSL Belgium.
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Funding SchemeCooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts