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Next generation urban mining - Automated disassembly, separation and recovery of valuable materials from electronic equipment

Objective

Specific raw materials become increasingly important to manufacture high level industrial products. Especially electronic equipment contains precious metals and a series of strategic raw materials.
To date the material specific recycling is focused on mass stream concepts such as shredder processes and metallurgy to extract the high-value metallic constituents, i.e. copper, gold, silver. However, a series of critical elements cannot be recovered efficiently or is even lost in dust or residual fractions.

The goal of ADIR is to demonstrate the feasibility of a key technology for next generation urban mining. An automated disassembly of electronic equipment will be worked out to separate and recover valuable materials. The concept is based on image processing, robotic handling, pulsed power technology, 3D laser measurement, real-time laser material identification (to detect materials), laser processing (to access components, to selectively unsolder these; to cut off parts of a printed circuit board), and automatic separation into different sorting fractions. A machine concept will be worked out being capable to selectively disassemble printed circuit boards and mobile phones with short cycle times to gain sorting fractions containing high amounts of valuable materials. Examples are those materials with high economic importance and significant supply risk such as tantalum, rare earth elements, germanium, cobalt, palladium, gallium and tungsten.

A demonstrator will be developed and evaluated in field tests at a recycling company. The obtained sorting fractions will be studied with respect to their further processing and recovery potential for raw materials. Refining companies will define requirements and test the processing of sorting fractions with specific material enrichments.
An advisory board will be established incorporating three telecommunication enterprises.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2015
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 281 769,13

Participants (10)

SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 687 375
Address
Sowinskiego 5
44 100 Gliwice
Activity type
Research Organisations
ELECTROCYCLING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 450 888,38
Address
Landstrasse 91
38644 Goslar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRO AUTOMATION GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 189 185,15
Address
Franzosengraben 10
1030 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
I-CUBE RESEARCH

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 111 934,70
Address
Boulevard De Thibaud 30
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OSAI AUTOMATION SYSTEM SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 792 487,50
Address
Via Sondrio 13/I
10144 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LSA-LASER ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS & AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 332 500
Address
Feldstrasse 40
52070 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
H.C. STARCK GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 111 141,24
Address
Im Schleeke 78-91
38642 Goslar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AURUBIS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 142 333,63
Address
Hovestrasse 50
20539 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRE TAU ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 531,25
Address
Via Barletta 33
10136 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
H.C. STARCK TANTALUM AND NIOBIUM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 63 052,89
Address
Landsberger Strasse 98
80339 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)