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Integrated solutions for pre-processing electronic equipment, closing the loop of post-consumer high-grade plastics, and advanced recovery of critical raw materials antimony and graphite

Integrated solutions for pre-processing electronic equipment, closing the loop of post-consumer high-grade plastics, and advanced recovery of critical raw materials antimony and graphite

Objective

The CloseWEEE project integrates three interlinked research and innovation areas for an improved, resource-efficient recycling of polymer materials and critical raw materials from electrical and electronics equipment (EEE):
(1) Efficient and effective disassembly of EEE is key for high quality material fractions, separation of materials but also for reuse of components and parts. An information system for dismantlers will be developed, accessing webbased dismantling instructions, to ease the dismantling process, reduce destruction of reusable parts and components and to allow for a deeper dismantling level for better economics of the Recycling process.
(2) Developing resource-efficient and innovative solutions for closing the loop of post-consumer high-grade plastics from WEEE, for new EEE through advanced recovery of valuable plastic streams which do not have a recycling system yet, and subsequent replacement of halogenated flame retardants by halogen-free flame retardants in new EEE.
(3) Improved recycling of Lithium-ion batteries through increasing the recovery rates of cobalt and researching a recovery technology for the critical raw material graphite from those batteries.
These technology innovations in the various stages of the EEE recycling value chain are complemented by research on reusing the recovered polymer fractions in new EEE, defining product design measures in favour of an optimised recycling eco-system, embedding related product design criteria in EU policy measures and global green procurement activities. These activities will support effectively the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

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Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 469 420

Participants (12)

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VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 613 125

COOLREC BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 338 810

FUNDACION GAIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 465 000

ARGUS ADDITIVE PLASTICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 161 187,50

TP Vision Belgium NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 67 108,75

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 316 750

EXERGY LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 430 116,25

IFIXIT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 394 997,50

ACCUREC-RECYCLING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 964 487,50

DIE WIENER VOLKSHOCHSCHULEN GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 236 516,25

SITRAPLAS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 226 250

PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 206 891,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641747

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2014

  • End date

    30 November 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 890 660

  • EU contribution

    € 5 890 660

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany