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Ionometallurgy of primary sources for an enhanced raw materials recovery

Objective

The Ion4Raw project proposes an energy-, material- and cost-efficient new mineral processing technology to recover by-products from primary sources by means of innovative Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES) ionic liquids and advanced electrorecovery as an only step. A joint recovery of by-products from primary sources which belong to the Cu-Ag-Au group is proposed. Most of the targeted by-products elements are Critical Raw Materials as bismuth (Bi), germanium (Ge), indium (In), cobalt (Co), platinum (Pt) and antimony (Sb). Accompanying major product metals, e.g. copper (Cu), silver (Ag) and gold (Au), may also be recovered by this process. The flexibility of the process (to be demonstrated to TRL 5 through a prototype) increases its market penetration potential as a sound systemic solution.
The technical feasibility of this concept is supported by the TRL 2-3. From this starting point, the Ion4Raw project aims to reach TRL 5 by implementing a process prototype at TECNALIA (TEC) facilities. Furthermore, to produce a sound systemic solution, comprehensive by-product potential mapping will be carried out to link the Ion4Raw process with suitable sources.
Finally, Ion4Raw project has a very promising business potential since it will allow mining and mineral processing companies to fully exploit by-product potential by recovering them at their own facilities. This will contribute to unlocking the full potential of Europe’s inner wealth by converting new and currently unexploited resources into reserves.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/mining and mineral processing
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/phonetics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL
Address
Avenida Leonardo Da Vinci 18 Piso 2
41092 Sevilla
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 047 750

Participants (12)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 471 120
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
SCOTGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 104 000
Address
Upper Tyndrum Station
FK20 8RY Tyndrum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CUMBRES EXPLORACIONES SAC
Peru
EU contribution
€ 120 825
Address
Calle Nicolo Paganini Ak-16, Urb Los Alamos, Santiago De Surco
Lima 33 Lima
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WARDELL ARMSTRONG LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 423 375
Address
Sir Henry Doulton House, Forge Lane
ST1 5BD Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 572 250
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 444 302,50
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 698 702,50
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 625
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 479 250
Address
Área Industrial Perguita C/a N°1
31210 Los Arcos
Activity type
Research Organisations
LGI CONSULTING
France
EU contribution
€ 355 625
Address
6 Cite De L'ameublement
75011 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RINA CONSULTING - CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 363 875
Address
Via Di Castel Romano 100
00128 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 228 750
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)