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Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from magnetic waste in the WEEE recycling industry and tailings from the iron ore industry

Objective

REEcover aims to:
A) Improve European supply of the critical Rare Earth Elements Y, Nd, Tb and Dy
B) Strengthen SME positions in REE production and recovery value chain
C) Innovate and research two different routes for hydro/pyro metallurgical recovery of REEs: as Rare Earth Oxides (REO) or Rare Earth Oxy-Carbides (REOC) in electrolytic reduction
D) Demonstrate and compare viability and potential for these routes on two different types of deposited industrial wastes:
1. tailings from the iron ore industry (high volume but low concentration of REE)
2. magnetic waste material from the WEEE recycling industry (low volume but high concentration REE)

REE’s in WEEE-products end up in magnetic waste and subsequently in slag or dust from steelmaking or base metal smelters. During iron ore production of magnetite concentrates tailings are removed and deposited. Both waste streams have potential of becoming valuable feedstock.
In WP1, LKAB, WEEE-Recyling & Indumetal, providing input streams, will collaborate with LTU& NTNU to increase the REE concentration by physical separation, leading to low-grade REE-bearing input streams for WP2&3. In WP2, Bredox & Deka supported by TUD &TECNALIA aim to hydrometallurgically extract REEs from WP1-input as individual REOs or their mixtures. This is input for LCM in WP4, that with SINTEF &TUD will optimise an industrial fluoride based electrolytic process for production of RE metals and alloys.
Metsol will, supported by TECNALIA, SINTEF &NTNU develop, demonstrate and test a pyro-metallurgical approach for up-concentration of REO and/or conversion to REOC for suitability for electrochemical reduction in WP5, where NTiT, Simtec, SINTEF and NTNU will develop RE metals production based on electrolysis from a molten salt using a consumable RE oxycarbide anode.
WP6 will characterise and analyse REE containing materials – from ores to alloys. WP7 will assess and develop the integral value chain, WP8 carries out dissemination and exploitation.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 980 223,60
Administrative Contact
Bjørn Steinar Tanem (Dr.)

Participants (15)

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 998 162,88
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tove Lillian Hønstad (Ms.)
NORSK TITANIUM TECHNOLOGY AS

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Andoyfaret Bygg D A Kristiansand Teknologipark 1 3
4623 Kristiansand
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trygve Eidet (Dr.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 420 507,68
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bertil Pålsson (Dr.)
METSOL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 260 565,60
Address
Karlavagen 2
11424 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mårten Görnerup (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 677 375
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lily Tunggal (Mrs.)
BOUKJE.COM CONSULTING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 202,02
Address
Bulkemstraat 4A
6369 XW Simpelveld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Boukje Ehlen (Ms.)
WEEE RECYCLING AS

Participation ended

Norway
Address
Oysand Naeringspark
7224 Melhus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Hovset (Mr.)
DEKA HOLDING BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 42 101,94
Address
Muzenplein 88
2511GD Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wladimir Kesber (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 597 940
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lourdes Yurramendi (Dr.)
LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 366 008,25
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
Chris Hall (Dr.)
LUOSSAVAARA-KIIRUNAVAARA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 138 491,50
Address
Pobox 952
971 28 Lulea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Nilsson (Mr.)
SIMTEC
France
EU contribution
€ 272 397,52
Address
155-157 Cours Berriat
38000 Grenoble
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Namy (Dr.)
INDUMETAL RECYCLING, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 389 250,01
Address
Carretera De La Cantera 11
E-48950 Asúa-erandio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Carlos Sanchez Lozano (Mr.)
ELEMETAL
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 282 571,80
Address
Molengraaffsingel 12-14
2629 JD Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvan Thus (Mr.)
CHEMCONSERVE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 360 943,20
Address
Nieuwe Hilversumseweg 18 C
1406 TE Bussum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Pieterse (Mr.)