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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
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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)

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ALOUMINION TIS ELLADOS VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ANONYMOS ETAIREIA VEAE

Greece

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 742 200

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 663 500

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 430 500

ETHNIKO KENTRO VIOSIMIS KAI AEIFOROU ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 222 174,22

INSTITOUTO GEOLOGIKON KAI METALLEFTIKON EREVNON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 95 812,89

SVERIGES GEOLOGISKA UNDERSOKNING

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 316 400

GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 865 642,20

NORGES GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOKELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 227 000

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 378 413,34

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 327 107,86

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 338 793,75

KEMAKTA KONSULT AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 249 600

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 171 900

MEAB CHEMIE TECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 933 484,38

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 301 675

MYTILINEOS ANONIMI ETAIRIA - OMILOS EPICHEIRISEON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 76 187,50

Tasman Metals AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 246 150

GREENLAND MINERALS AND ENERGY (TRADING) AS

Greenland

EU Contribution

€ 335 325

FEN MINERALS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 461 220

LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 183 450

NEOREM MAGNETS OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 34 800

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 63 305

TANBREEZ MINING GREENLAND AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 188 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 309373

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 685 417,13

  • EU contribution

    € 9 000 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece