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Production of Scandium compounds and Scandium Aluminum alloys from European metallurgical by- products

Production of Scandium compounds and Scandium Aluminum alloys from European metallurgical by- products

Objective

Scandium (Sc) is one of the highest valued elements in the periodic table and an element which is usually grouped in REEs as it shares many characteristics with Yttrium. Scandium technological applications are unique, as it is a key component in producing Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (Scandia-Stabilized-Zirconia solid electrolyte layer) or high strength Aluminum alloys used in aerospace and 3D printing applications (SCALMALLOY®). Yet Scandium supply is limited due to its scarcity and the high cost of its production, which currently takes place in Asia and Russia.
Europe has no production of Scandium, but is home to many Sc industrial end-users (Airbus, II-VI, KBM Affilips and others). In fact end-users like Airbus, are not deploying their Sc applications due to the lack of a secure Sc supply. The SCALE project sets about to develop and secure a European Sc supply chain through the development of technological innovations which will allow the extraction of Sc from European industrial residues.
Bauxite Residues from alumina production (5 Million tons on dry basis per year in Europe) and acid wastes from TiO2 pigment production (1.4 Million tons on dry basis per year in Europe) have Sc concentrations which are considered exploitable, given a viable extraction technology. SCALE develops and demonstrates the value chain starting from residue and finishing to high tech end-product. In more detail:
• SCALE develops innovative technologies that can extract economically and sustainably Sc from dilute mediums (<100 mg/L) and upgrade them to pure oxides, metals and alloys at lower energy or material cost.
• SCALE extracts along with Sc all other REEs found in the by-products (AoG’s BR on an annual base contain 10% of the European REE raw material imports)
The industrially driven SCALE consortium covers the entire Sc value chain with 7 major European industries and further features 8 academic and research institutes and 4 engineering companies with track records in RTD.

Coordinator

MYTILINEOS ANONIMI ETAIRIA - OMILOS EPICHEIRISEON

Address

Artemidos 8
151 25 Maroussi

Greece

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 000 750

ALOUMINION TIS ELLADOS VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ANONYMOS ETAIREIA VEAE

Address

Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi

Greece

Activity type

Other

Participants (18)

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II-VI GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 737 500

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 761 000

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 516 875

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 383 125

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 303 125

FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ

Switzerland

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 301 250

MEAB CHEMIE TECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 721 500

STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 131 673,75

IOLITEC IONIC LIQUIDS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

KBM MASTER ALLOYS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 209 250

LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 137 500

TRONOX PIGMENTS (HOLLAND) BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 70 000

ALUMINIUM OXID STADE, GESELLSCHAFTMIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 101 250

ITRB LTD

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 559 375

WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 255 000

SINTEF AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 385 826,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 730105

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    30 November 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 706 625

  • EU contribution

    € 7 000 000

Coordinated by:

MYTILINEOS ANONIMI ETAIRIA - OMILOS EPICHEIRISEON

Greece