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PLATInum group metals Recovery Using Secondary raw materials

Project description

Recycling platinum group metals

Platinum group metals (PGMs) are among the rarest of Earth’s elements. Widely used in the automobile, electronics and mining industries, the platinum supply cannot keep up with growing demand. Although PGMs can be recovered from secondary sources, current recycling methods are energy intensive and polluting. Therefore, the EU-funded PLATIRUS project aims to research, design and validate sustainable, low-cost technologies to separate and recover PGMs from used catalytic converters, mining and electronic equipment. It will assess and select the most efficient and cost effective technologies, which will then be demonstrated and refined. Ultimately, the project will give EU industries a competitive edge by increasing resource supplies to create new sustainable products.

Objective

The PLATIRUS project aims at reducing the European deficit of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), by upscaling to industrial relevant levels a novel cost-efficient and miniaturised PGMs recovery and raw material production process. The targeted secondary raw materials will be autocatalysts, electronic waste (WEEE) and tailings and slags from nickel and copper smelters, opening-up an important range of alternative sources of these critical raw materials, with the potential to substitute a large amount of primary raw materials which are becoming more and more scarce in Europe.

For the first time five of the major research centres in Europe will collaborate in developing and fine tuning the most advanced recovery processes for PGMs. This joint effort will lead to a unique exchange of know-how and best practices between researchers all over Europe, aiming at the selection of the recycling process and the preparation of the Blueprint Process Design that will set the basis for a new PGM supply chain in the EU.
Two primary and secondary material producers with a consolidated business model will carry out validation of the innovative recovery processes in an industrially relevant environment by installing and testing them in an industrially relevant environment and benchmarking with the currently adopted recovery processes. A recycling company will provide a link to market introduction by manufacturing autocatalysts with second-life PGMs obtained via the PLATIRUS technology. Two large automotive companies will validate the material produced through the new recovery process, and ensure end-user industry driven value chains for recovered PGM materials. LCA, economic and environment assessment of the whole process will be led by a specialized consultancy company. Finally, the PLATIRUS project will be linked to European and extra-European relevant stakeholders, research activities and industries, with a solid dissemination, communication and exploitation plan.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Net EU contribution
€ 1 508 508,02
Address
PARQUE CIENTIFICO Y TECNOLOGICO DE GIPUZKOA, PASEO MIKELETEGI 2
20009 DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN (GIPUZKOA)
Spain

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Region
Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 1 508 508,02

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