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Innovative Hydrometallurgical Processes to recover Metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries - Demonstration

Innovative Hydrometallurgical Processes to recover Metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries - Demonstration

Objective

The recycling business is traditionally dominated by SMEs. In the last 5 years a general trend in the electronics recycling sector to bigger companies is very visible. Multinational, multi-sector companies are buying several smaller recyclers every year.
Hence the previous project HydroWEEE (03/2009–02/2012) dealt with the recovery of rare and precious metals from WEEE. The idea has been to develop a mobile plant using hydrometallurgical processes to extract metals like yttrium, indium, lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, gold, silver, nickel, lead, tin in a high purity. By making this plant mobile several SMEs can benefit from the same plant. By making the processes universal several fractions (lamps, CRTs, LCDs, printed circuit boards and Li-batteries) can be treated in the same mobile plant in batches. This reduces the minimum quantities and necessary investments. In addition these innovative HydroWEEE processes produce pure enough materials that can be directly used for electroplating and other applications.
The objective of HydroWEEE Demo is to build 2 industrial, real-life demonstration plants (1 stationary and 1 mobile) in order to test the performance and prove the viability of the processes from an integrated point of view (technical, economical, operational, social) including the assessment of its risks (incl. health) and benefits to the society and the environment as well as remove the barriers for a wide market uptake.
Finally the previously developed processes of extracting yttrium, indium, lithium, cobalt, zinc, copper, gold, silver, nickel, lead, tin will be improved and new processes to recover additional metals which are still in this fractions (Cerium, Platinum, Palladium, Europium, Lanthanum, Terbium, …) as well as the integrated treatment of solid and liquid wastes will be developed.
Summarized HydroWEEE Demo will boost European competitiveness by applying novel processes for improved resource efficiency by extracting rare and precious metals.
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Coordinator

Kopacek KEG

Address

Beckmanngasse 51
1140 Vienna

Austria

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 843 500

Administrative Contact

Bernd Kopacek (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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RELIGHT SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 496 350

ECO RECYCLING SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 387 000

GREENTRONICS SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 196 400

COMPANY FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECOLOGICAL RESEARCHES SE TRADE DOO BELGRADE

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 195 000

INSTITUT MIHAJLO PUPIN

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 260 600

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 174 800

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 58 800

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 58 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308549

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 758 950,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 671 250

Coordinated by:

Kopacek KEG

Austria

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