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Metal Recovery from Low Grade Ores and Wastes Plus

Objective

METGROW+ will address and solve bottlenecks in the European raw materials supply by developing innovative metallurgical technologies for unlocking the use of potential domestic raw materials. The METGROW+ consortium has received an EIP RM Commitment status. The consortium is supported by internationally respected research institutes and universities. Many of the partners (9) are members of EIT KIC Raw Materials consortium as well.
The value chain and business models for metal recovery from low grade ores and wastes are carefully looked after. Within this project, both primary and secondary materials are studied as potential metal resources. Economically important nickel-cobalt deposits and low grade polymetallic wastes, iron containing sludges (goethite, jarosite etc.) which are currently not yet being exploited due to technical bottlenecks, are in focus.
Concurrently, METGROW+ targets innovative hydrometallurgical processes to extract important metals including Ni, Cu, Zn, Co, In, Ga, Ge from low grade ores in a cost-effective way. In addition a toolbox for metallurgical system is created in the project using new methods and combinations.
The unused potential of metal containing fine grained industrial residues are evaluated, while hybrid and flexible hydrometallurgical processes and treatment methods of fines are developed for both materials. Training and education of new professionals are facilitated within the METGROW+ project. The knowledge of raw materials and sustainable technologies will attract new talents in the field who can flexibly change fields from treatment of secondary to primary resources, which also smoothens the economic ups and downs in the primary sector.

Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Address

Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 017 430

Participants (18)

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ARCHE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 182 500

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 444 625

IDP INGENIERIA Y ARQUITECTURA IBERIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 251 593,75

SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT METALI NIEZELAZNYCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 657 000

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 681 651,25

JM RECYCLING NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 185 000

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 736 100

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 399 862,50

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 558 500

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 437 125

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 454 525

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 782 175

HELLENIC COPPER MINES LTD

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 151 250

URBASER S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 103 125

PROFIMA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 97 500

UMICORE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 264 000

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 256 250

KERNEOS

France

EU Contribution

€ 251 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 690088

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 January 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 911 462,50

  • EU contribution

    € 7 911 462,50

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland