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Integrated solutions for pre-processing electronic equipment, closing the loop of post-consumer high-grade plastics, and advanced recovery of critical raw materials antimony and graphite

Objective

The CloseWEEE project integrates three interlinked research and innovation areas for an improved, resource-efficient recycling of polymer materials and critical raw materials from electrical and electronics equipment (EEE):
(1) Efficient and effective disassembly of EEE is key for high quality material fractions, separation of materials but also for reuse of components and parts. An information system for dismantlers will be developed, accessing webbased dismantling instructions, to ease the dismantling process, reduce destruction of reusable parts and components and to allow for a deeper dismantling level for better economics of the Recycling process.
(2) Developing resource-efficient and innovative solutions for closing the loop of post-consumer high-grade plastics from WEEE, for new EEE through advanced recovery of valuable plastic streams which do not have a recycling system yet, and subsequent replacement of halogenated flame retardants by halogen-free flame retardants in new EEE.
(3) Improved recycling of Lithium-ion batteries through increasing the recovery rates of cobalt and researching a recovery technology for the critical raw material graphite from those batteries.
These technology innovations in the various stages of the EEE recycling value chain are complemented by research on reusing the recovered polymer fractions in new EEE, defining product design measures in favour of an optimised recycling eco-system, embedding related product design criteria in EU policy measures and global green procurement activities. These activities will support effectively the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

H2020-WASTE-2014-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 469 420

Participants (12)

VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 613 125
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COOLREC BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 338 810
Address
Van Hilstraat 7
5145 RK Waalwijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 465 000
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Vizcaya, Edificio 202
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARGUS ADDITIVE PLASTICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 161 187,50
Address
Oberer Westring 3 7
D 33142 Büren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TP Vision Belgium NV

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 67 108,75
Address
Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 19
9052 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 316 750
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 430 116,25
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IFIXIT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 394 997,50
Address
Trankestrasse 7
70597 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCUREC-RECYCLING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 964 487,50
Address
Bataverstr 21
47809 Krefeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DIE WIENER VOLKSHOCHSCHULEN GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 236 516,25
Address
Lustkandlgasse 50
1090 Wien
Activity type
Other
SITRAPLAS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 250
Address
Maybachstrasse 23
32257 Bunde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 206 891,25
Address
High Tech Campus 5
5656 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)