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Rare Earth Magnet Recovery for Environmental and Resource Protection

Objective

"The REMANENCE concept is to develop new and innovative processes for the recovery and recycling of rare earth (RE) containing neodymium iron boron magnets (NdFeB) from a range of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE). Advanced sensing and mechanical separation techniques combined with innovative processes based on hydrogen decrepitation will recover the rare earth magnets in the WEEE. Significantly with the REMANENCE concept, the aim will be to recover material in a form that can easily re-enter the primary magnet manufacturing production route, so providing large energy savings and production costs.
There is no existing process for the recovery of NdFeB magnets from waste streams and this highly valuable material is lost to land fill with no prospect of commercial recovery. The material recovered in the REMANENCE concept will have a substantial economic value, which considering current virgin material costs, is estimated to be €80-120 per kg. If fully implemented REMANENCE will provide a secondary source of materials for the EU, large enough to supply the entire EU bonded magnet manufacturing industry and a significant proportion of the EU’s high value sintered magnet production.
REMANENCE brings together Europe’s leading experts in; sensing, disassembly, recycling technology and materials processing with a group of innovative SMEs in a multi-disciplinary project able to deliver significant technical advances. The key technical roles of the SMEs as either equipment manufacturers (CTECH, OPTI, ABI) or direct end users of the recovered materials (MAG) will focus the project towards commercial outputs that will result in excellent exploitation opportunities for the developed processes."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED
Address
Capenhurst Technology Park
CH1 6EH Chester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 758 115,25
Administrative Contact
David Gardner (Dr.)

Participants (10)

STIFTELSEN CHALMERS INDUSTRITEKNIK
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 551 495
Address
Sven Hultins Plats 1
412 58 Goteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johan Felix (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 686 049,20
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 288 640
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dolan Niall (Mr.)
Stena Technoworld AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 64 290
Address
Fiskhamnsgatan 8
400 40 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sverker Sjölin (Mr.)
Stena Metall AB

Participation ended

Sweden
Address
(Box 4088)
400 40 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sverker Sjölin (Mr.)
KOLEKTOR MAGNET TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 138 840
Address
Harkortstrasse 60
45145 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matija Pelhan (Mr.)
OPTISORT AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 14 400
Address
Bessemergatan 2
417 07 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Eric Melin (Mr.)
RISE ACREO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 670 798,25
Address
Box 1070
164 25 Kista
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Christer Johansson (Prof.)
MAGNETI LJUBLJANA PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO MAGNETNIH MATERIALOV DD
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 293 080,75
Address
Stegne 37
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Irena Skulj (Dr.)
MANUFACTURAS Y TRANSFORMADOS AB SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 256 291,55
Address
Calle Sant Antoni De Baix 110-112
08700 Igualada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antoni Balsells Mercade (Mr.)