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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2016-OneStageB
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action
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Coordinators

MYTILINAIOS ANONIMI ETAIREIA
Address
Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 000 750
ALOUMINION TIS ELLADOS VIOMICHANIKI KAI EMPORIKI ANONYMOS ETAIREIA VEAE

Participation ended

Address
Artemidos 8
15125 Marousi
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (18)

II-VI GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 737 500
Address
Brunnenweg 19-21
64331 Weiterstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 761 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 516 875
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 383 125
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Muegyetem Rakpart 3
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 303 125
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 6
5210 Windisch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 301 250
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
MEAB CHEMIE TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 721 500
Address
Dennewartstrasse 25
52068 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 131 673,75
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
IOLITEC IONIC LIQUIDS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Salzstrasse 184
74076 Heilbronn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KBM MASTER ALLOYS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 250
Address
Kloosterlaan 2
9936 TE Farmsum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 137 500
Address
Unit 2 Hooton Park, North Road
CH65 1BL Ellesmere Port
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRONOX PIGMENTS (HOLLAND) BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Professor Gerbrandyweg 2
3197 KK Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALUMINIUM OXID STADE, GESELLSCHAFTMIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 101 250
Address
Johann-rathje-koser-strasse
21683 Stade
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ITRB LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 559 375
Address
Arch Makariou Iii 2-4 Capital
1505 Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 255 000
Address
10 Rue Du Chateau D'eau
3364 Leudelange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 385 826,25
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations