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Hydrogen As the Reducing Agent in the REcovery of metals and minerals from metallurgical waste

Objective

HARARE will demonstrate sustainable pathways to produce metals using hydrogen as an enabler, for removing waste and valorising materials in carbon free processes. The consortium’s concern and thus the drive to build this initiative, starts with an industry that is key contributor to a sustainable future: the metallurgical sector. The switch to renewable energies requires vast amounts of metals, such as steel and aluminium for solar panels and wind turbines, and copper for bolstering the electricity grid necessary for transport and industry. However, the metallurgical industry amounted to 70 million tons direct CO2 emitted in 2017. Moreover, carbon-based processes make the European metallurgical industry dependent on imports.

Using hydrogen as a reductant to substitute carbon is one of the few ways metallurgical industry can potentially become truly free of CO2-emissions, utilizing raw materials that can be produced in Europe. HARARE’s vision is to tackle these challenges and become part of the solution, making the metallurgical industry more sustainable by presenting a circular concept that is based on a two-fold reasoning:

1) Recover wastes with hydrogen. choosing two representative wastes from the copper and aluminium production processes, namely: flash smelter slag from primary copper production and Bauxite residue (BR) from aluminium production.

2) Hydrogen-based processes will allow for an environmentally friendly metal industry while decreasing dependence from hard coal imports and being cost competitive.

HARARE will thus eliminate waste from the metallurgical industry while recovering valuable materials, and increasing the use of hydrogen in the industry, thereby increasing its circularity, the utilization of raw materials and the profitability, lessening the negative side-effects on the community, and making steps toward the less carbon-dependent metallurgical industry necessary for a sustainable future.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCCI-2020-EASME-twostage
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Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 030 750

Participants (9)

MYTILINAIOS ANONIMI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 180 250
Address
Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 508 005
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AURUBIS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 799 099
Address
Hovestrasse 50
20539 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 969 816,25
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ADVANCED MINERALS AND RECYCLING INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS IKE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 418 775
Address
Spartis 1 1St Floor
17562 Palaio Faliro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 750 937,50
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RESITEC AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 320 899,25
Address
Setesdalsveien 110
4617 Kristiansand S
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 310 382,50
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LINDE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 995,63
Address
Dr.-carl-von-linde-str. 6-14
82049 Pullach I.isartal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)