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Secure European Critical Rare Earth Elements

Objective

Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are critical and non-substitutable raw materials with high economic importance for European industry, as they are crucial components for a broad range of advanced products. The main goal of the SecREEts project is to establish a stable and secure supply of critical REEs based on sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production. Pilot processes will be developed for the innovative extraction, separation and transformation of REEs. Rare Earth (RE) metals will be supplied to application areas like electric vehicles, industrial motors and wind turbines. Replication potential will be demonstrated in medical diagnostics, Fluid Catalytic Cracking and consumer products. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate a new integrated value chain for the optimal extraction, refining and production of REEs in Europe. This will be achieved through the development and demonstration of a number of innovative technologies:
• Utilise efficiently a novel industrial sidestream process in fertiliser production to extract the REEs
• Separate REEs by a novel chromatographic process into distinct nitrate salts
• Realise electrochemical production of metals and alloys from the above targeted RE oxides
• Demonstrate the market value and relevance of the produced RE metals in permanent magnets and its downstream products
• Validate market acceptance of the RE oxides not processed to metals
• Create an industrial symbiosis between two value chains
• Demonstrate the economic, environmental and societal sustainability as well as safety of the pilot units
SecREEts pilots will focus on Pr, Nd and Dy metals used in permanent magnets as these are extremely critical for the European economy. Industrial implementation of the pilots developed in SecREEts will lead to a supply of at least 3000 tonnes annually of REEs to European industries in 2023, with 75 M€ in estimated value.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SC5-2017-TwoStage

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Net EU contribution
€ 1 629 457,50
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

Yara International ASA
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 3 522 050,00
Address
Drammensveien 131
0277 Oslo

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 509 450,00
LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 3 206 843,87
Address
Unit 2 Hooton Park, North Road
CH65 1BL Ellesmere Port

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North West (England) Cheshire Cheshire West and Chester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 374 361,66
REETEC AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 2 829 085,37
Address
Karenslyst Alle 9c
0278 Oslo

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 212 465,16
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

SCATEC AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 170 914,63
Address
Karenslyst Alle 9c
0278 Oslo

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 73 249,12
QUANTIS
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 297 500,00
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Vaud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 127 500,00
VACUUMSCHMELZE GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 109 840,50
Address
Gruner Weg 37
63450 Hanau

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Region
Darmstadt Main-Kinzig-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 47 074,50
PROSPEX INSTITUTE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 824 750,00
Address
Victor Oudartstraat 7
1030 Brussel

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL ET DES RISQUES - INERIS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 289 590,00
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte

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Region
Hauts-de-France Picardie Oise
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00