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effiCient mineral processing and Hydrometallurgical RecOvery of by-product Metals from low-grade metal contaIning seCondary raw materials

effiCient mineral processing and Hydrometallurgical RecOvery of by-product Metals from low-grade metal contaIning seCondary raw materials

Objective

Europe is faced with the challenge of sustaining a secure supply of by-product metals, which play a fundamental role in the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and innovations in high-tech sectors. To loosen the growth restrictions imposed by the inflexible supply from primary mining, alternative sources for these metals must be explored. At the same time a wealth of metals is entrapped within the vast amounts of secondary resources still being landfilled or used in applications where their intrinsic value is not fully utilized. To unlock the potential of these resources, a radically new approach to metal recovery must be deployed. Crucial factor within this new value chain is the zero-waste approach, which captures not only the contained metals but also valorises the residual matrix (often >95% of the bulk material). Such an approach requires the development of innovative, highly selective metal recovery technologies that fully capture the metal-value without impairing the properties of the residual matrix material for valorisation.
CHROMIC aims to develop such new recovery processes for critical (Cr, Nb) and economically valuable (Mo, V) by-product metals from secondary resources, based on the smart integration of enhanced pre-treatment, selective alkaline leaching and highly selective metal recovery across the value chain. An overarching assessment of the related economic, environmental and health and safety aspects will be carried out in an iterative way to ensure that the developed technologies meet the requirements of the circular economy whilst being in line with current market demand. The technology will be developed for two models streams (stainless steel slags and ferrochrome slags) with the potential of replication to numerous industrial residues across Europe. Involvement of society from early on will smooth the path towards implementation, so that the CHROMIC processes can contribute to securing Europe’s supply of critical raw materials.
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Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Address

Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 100 637,50

Participants (10)

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MICROWAVE ENERGY APPLICATIONS MANAGEMENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 497 625

ELEKTROWERK WEISWEILER GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 65 125

ORBIX PRODUCTIONS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 124 700

FORMICABLU SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 308 781,25

ARCHE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 156 875

TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V KOSICIACH

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 427 500

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 571 625

VDEH-BETRIEBSFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 557 018,75

INSTITUT FUR BAUSTOFF-FORSCHUNG EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 537 672,50

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 522 127,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730471

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 869 687,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 869 687,50

Coordinated by:

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium