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Development of recovery processes for recycling of valuable components from FPDs (In, Y, Nd) for the production of high added value NPs

Development of recovery processes for recycling of valuable components from FPDs (In, Y, Nd) for the production of high added value NPs

Objective

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is considered to increase drastically in the coming decades. WEEE contains considerable quantities of valuable components used in high-tech applications that currently are not recycled. Europe needs to improve and develop Recovery, Recycling and Reuse of critical materials in order to avoid the dependency on imports, high prices and risk of supply imposed by countries owning mineral reserves. RECYVAL-NANO project will develop an innovative recycling process for recovery and reuse of indium, yttrium and neodymium metals from Flat Panels Displays (FPD), one of the most growing waste sources. The project will be addressed not only to the recovery of these critical elements, but also the recycling process developed will result in the direct extraction of metallorganic precursors for direct reuse in the production of high added value nanoparticles that is ITO, Y2O3:Eu3+ and Nd-Fe-B. The project will develop an integral study of the recycling process, starting with logistic issues of the waste collection, optimising mechanical sorting technologies and developing innovative ones for the recovery and concentration of smaller fractions containing indium, yttrium and neodymium, developing simplified solvent extraction routes based on tailored chemical extraction agents able to extract a 95 % of the key metal in a metallorganic extracted solutions, and using these extracted solutions as precursors in the direct production of advanced nanoparticles. RECYVAL-NANO will validate the recycling process developed through the construction, optimisation and demonstration of full pilot lines for mechanical recycling of FPDs (500 kg/h) and hydrometallurgical metal recovery processes (500 g/h). Finally, the demonstration of the superior performance application of ITO, Y2O3:Eu3+ and Nd-Fe-B nanoparticles in electronic applications of transparent conductors, LEDs and permanent magnets respectively will complete the entire cycle of the project.
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Coordinator

L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL

Address

ÁRea Industrial Perguita C/A N°1
31210 Los Arcos

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 646 120

Administrative Contact

Claudio Fernandez (Mr.)

Participants (11)

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COOLREC BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 193 200

TECNOLOGIA NAVARRA DE NANOPRODUCTOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 93 957,72

ABCR LABORATORIOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 246 240

MACHINEFABRIEK OTTO SCHOUTEN BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 327 040

MEAB METALLEXTRAKTION AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 285 360

EPI-LIGHT LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 48 240

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 254 248

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 379 485

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 297 480

PLASMA QUEST LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 264 267

EXPOSICION Y CONSERVACION DE ALIMENTOS Sa

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 92 176

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 310312

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2012

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 395 750,84

  • EU contribution

    € 3 127 813,72

Coordinated by:

L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL

Spain