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Development of a sustainable exploitation scheme for Europe’s Rare Earth ore deposits

Objective

With numerous European industries heavily depended on imported REE raw materials, there is a need for EU to secure a viable supply of REE minerals as well as develop from the ground up the currently non-existent European REE extraction and processing industry. The goal of the EURARE project will be (i) to characterize the potential REE resources in Europe; and (ii) to research, develop, optimize and demonstrate technologies for the efficient and economically viable exploitation of currently available European REE deposits with minimum consequences to the environment.
In the EURARE project, the mineral processing technologies currently used for the REEs minerals will be investigated for representative European REE ores, with a tendency for improvement by adopting new approaches for the complete ore utilization and minimal environmental consequences, establishing integrated mineral processing systems, with zero or close to zero tailings.
The current state-of-the-art processes for REE extraction follows complicated, energy and resource intensive technologies. The EURARE project aims in developing novel cost-effective and resource-efficient REE extraction process, tailored specifically for European REE ore deposits as well as for European health, safety and environmental protection standards.
As an added value to the work already described, EURARE will seek to demonstrate new sources for REE exploitation from industrial metallurgical waste which will not only be financial lucrative but will minimize the overall environmental footprint of the primary European metallurgical industry.
Special attention in all cases will be given in health, safety and social issues, in light of naturally occurring radioactive elements.
At the end of the EURARE project it is expected that a novel sustainable exploitation schema for Europe's REE deposits will have been established

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/mining and mineral processing

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-LARGE-6
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 147 108,86
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)

Participants (24)

ALOUMINION TIS ELLADOS VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ANONYMOS ETAIREIA VEAE

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dionysios Kosmetatos (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 742 200
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bernd Friedrich (Prof.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 663 500
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Mrs.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 430 500
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Mrs.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO VIOSIMIS KAI AEIFOROU ANAPTYXIS

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 222 174,22
Address
Odos Sp Louis 1
13677 Acharnae
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Arvanitidis (Dr.)
INSTITOUTO GEOLOGIKON KAI METALLEFTIKON EREVNON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 95 812,89
Address
Odos Spyrou Loui Olympiako Xorio 1
13677 Acharnes
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Demetrios Eliopoulos (Dr.)
SVERIGES GEOLOGISKA UNDERSOKNING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 316 400
Address
Villavaegen 18
S-75128 Uppsala
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martiya Sadeghi (Dr.)
GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 865 642,20
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
02151 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juha Kaija (Mr.)
NORGES GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOKELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 227 000
Address
Leiv Eirikssonsv Vei 39
7040 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julian Schilling (Dr.)
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 378 413,34
Address
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Nette Rasmussen (Ms.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 327 107,86
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amanda Clewes (Mrs.)
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 338 793,75
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniel Cassard (Dr.)
KEMAKTA KONSULT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 249 600
Address
Warfvingesvag 33 7Tr
112 51 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bertil Grundfelt (Mr.)
OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 171 900
Address
Rauhalanpuisto 9
02230 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Asmo Vartiainen (Dr.)
MEAB CHEMIE TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 933 484,38
Address
Dennewartstrasse 25
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carsten Dittrich (Mr.)
RINA CONSULTING SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 301 675
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Giovanelli (Mrs.)
MYTILINAIOS ANONIMI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 76 187,50
Address
Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dionysios Kosmetatos (Mr.)
TASMAN METALS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 246 150
Address
Kyrkgatan 41
961 35 Boden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Holmström (Dr.)
GREENLAND MINERALS AND ENERGY (TRADING) AS
Greenland
EU contribution
€ 335 325
Address
Nuviarissaumut B 523
3921 Narsaq
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ib Laursen (Mr.)
FEN MINERALS AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 461 220
Address
Sommerrogaten 13-15
0255 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paloma Magistrati (Dr.)
LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 183 450
Address
Unit 2 Hooton Park, North Road
CH65 1BL Ellesmere Port
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Murphy (Mr.)
NEOREM MAGNETS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 34 800
Address
Fritalantie 5
28400 Ulvila
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kari Aittoniemi (Mr.)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 63 305
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Zane (Mr.)
TANBREEZ MINING GREENLAND AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 188 250
Address
Aqqusinersuaq 9
3900 Nuuk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bolette Maqe Nielsen (Ms.)