CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

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

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.
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

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)

Sort alphabetically

Sort by EU Contribution

Expand all

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 998 162,88

NORSK TITANIUM TECHNOLOGY AS

Norway

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 420 507,68

METSOL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 260 565,60

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 677 375

BOUKJE.COM CONSULTING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 209 202,02

WEEE RECYCLING AS

Norway

DEKA HOLDING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 42 101,94

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 597 940

LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 366 008,25

LUOSSAVAARA-KIIRUNAVAARA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 138 491,50

SIMTEC EURL

France

EU Contribution

€ 272 397,52

INDUMETAL RECYCLING, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 389 250,01

ELEMETAL

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 282 571,80

CHEMCONSERVE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 360 943,20

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603564

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 902 037,92

  • EU contribution

    € 5 995 741

Coordinated by:

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway