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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 170 877,50

Participants (10)

MICROWAVE ENERGY APPLICATIONS MANAGEMENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 497 625
Address
Dorenstraat 28
3020 Herent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELEKTROWERK WEISWEILER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 125
Address
Durener Strasse 487
52249 Eschweiler
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ORBIX PRODUCTIONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 94 700
Address
Henry Fordlaan 84
3600 Genk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORMICABLU SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 308 781,25
Address
Galleria Ugo Bassi 1
40121 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARCHE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 156 875
Address
Liefkensstraat 35D
9032 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V KOSICIACH
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 430 625
Address
Letna 9
042 00 Kosice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 571 625
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
VDEH-BETRIEBSFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 557 018,75
Address
Sohnstrasse 65
40237 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT FUR BAUSTOFF-FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 537 672,50
Address
Bliersheimer Strasse 62
47229 Duisburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
France
EU contribution
€ 478 762,50
Address
3 Av Claude Guillemin
45060 Orleans
Activity type
Research Organisations