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REE4EU: integrated high temperature electrolysis (HTE) and Ion Liquid Extraction (ILE) for a strong and independent European Rare Earth Elements Supply Chain

Objective

The REE4EU project will develop, validate and demonstrate in 2 industrially relevant Pilots an innovative Rare Earth Alloys (REA) production route from Permanent Magnets (PM) and Secondary Batteries (SB) waste. Currently only 1% of RE waste is being recovered as no adequate process is available, so proof-of-concept in REE4EU will open-up a fully new route bringing recovery of 90% of in-process wastes from PM manufacturing within reach. The targeted integrated solution is based on recently developed lab-proven technologies for direct high-temperature electrolyses of REA production. It will be combined in the pilots with an innovative and proven Ionic Liquid Extraction or tailored hydrometallurgical pre-treatment to demonstrate dramatic improvements in cost and environmental performance compared to state of the art technologies. This includes avoidance of process steps (pure RE extraction and reprocessing), 50% energy savings, and 100% recycling of ionic liquids as opposed to disposal of strong acid leeching agents in state of the art pre-treatment steps. The project involves in its consortium the full value chain including (SME and large) RE metal producers, PM manufacturer, SME process engineering companies and LCA experts, (SME and large) electronics and battery recycling companies, SME technology transfer, innovation specialists as well as chemical and end-user associations. Together with 4 top research institutes on electrolyses, ionic liquids and RE recycling, they will prove technical and economic viability on in-process PM waste (swarf), as well as End-of-Life (EoL) PM and SB waste, develop urgently required market data on EoL RE availability and a triple value-chain business case for a new European secondary Rare Earth Alloys (REA) production sector, creating new jobs, increasing Europe’s independence from imports and providing valuable raw materials for fast growing European green-technology industries such as Electrical/Hybrid vehicles and Wind Turbines.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/waste treatment processes/recycling
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 248 890,82

Participants (14)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 865 687,50
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 221 298
Address
Unit 2 Hooton Park, North Road
CH65 1BL Ellesmere Port
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VACUUMSCHMELZE GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 142 685
Address
Gruner Weg 37
63450 Hanau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELKEM AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 661 454
Address
Drammensveien 169
0277 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 397 993,75
Address
Avenida Leonardo Da Vinci 18 Piso 2
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
A3I SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 396 162,38
Address
255 Rue Gustave Eiffel Zac Des Eoliennes
26290 Donzere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 427 265
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
SOCIETE NOUVELLE D'AFFINAGE DES METAUX-SNAM
France
EU contribution
€ 190 723,75
Address
Avenue Jean Jaures
12110 Viviez
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STENA RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 226 380
Address
Fiskhamngsgatan 8B
400 40 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
L'ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE LA MOBILITE ELECTRIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 111 250
Address
Boulevard De La Plaine 2
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 359 625
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSEIL EUROPEEN DE L'INDUSTRIE CHIMIQUE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 117 170
Address
Rue Belliard, 40 Bte 15
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 385 208,75
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 770 696,68
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations