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NEOdymium-Iron-Boron base materials, fabrication techniques and recycling solutions to HIghly REduce the consumption of Rare Earths in Permanent Magnets for Wind Energy Application

Objective

Regarding NdFeB PM technology for WT, it is still necessary to break through 3 important barriers: Strong dependence on China for supply and high price of REE present in PM, high difficulty of substitution of REE in PM, and technical and economic barriers that avoid establishing commercially viable, large-scale REE recycling framework.
In this context, NEOHIRE main objective is to reduce the use of REE, and Co and Ga, in WTG. This objective is mainly achieved through the development of: a) New concept of bonded NdFeB magnets able to substitute the present state-of-the-art sintered magnets for WT, and b) New recycling techniques for these CRM from the future and current PM wastes. In this way, the EU external demand of REE and CRM for PM in WTG will be reduced in a 50%.
The specific objectives are: i) To develop a new NdFeB material solution that reduces the use REE and CRM amount in PM for WTG (100% of HRE, 30% of LRE Nd/Pr, and 100% of CRM Co and Ga), ii) To increase the deliverable electric power in wind power electric generators from current 2.74 MW to 3.56 MW per 1Tn of REE owing to novel electric machine designs, iii) To research and develop two recycling processes to highly increase the CRM recycling rates in NdFeB PM wastes for sintered PM from current WT (increase from 0 to 70% the recovered Nd, separate 100% of Dy and recover 90% of Co) and novel Bonded NEOHIRE PM (recycling almost 95% of Nd), iv) To achieve an economic and technically feasible large-scale framework for NdFeB PM commercial recycling, and v) To ensure the economic and technical sustainability of NdFeB resin-bonded PM developed technologies.
NEOHIRE will count on PM material RTD experts (CEIT, UOB), material recycling experts (UOB, KU LEUVEN), material characterisation RTD experts (CEIT, UPV, LBF), JP Powder manufacturer (AICHI), PM manufacturer (KOLEKTOR), LCA experts (UNIFI) and WT manufacturer (INDAR). AICHI (Japan) will be involved by providing advice and raw materials to the project.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/electric energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT
Address
Paseo Manuel De Lardizabal 15
20018 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 719 725

Participants (9)

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 251 250
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 804 568,75
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 502 345
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION CIDAUT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 248 000
Address
Plaza Vicente Aleixandre Campos 2 Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo 209
47151 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 698 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AICHI SEIKO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
Japan
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Wanowari 1 Branchi Arao Cho Tokai Shi
476 8666 Aichi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOLEKTOR MAGNET TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 792 500
Address
Harkortstrasse 60
45145 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 259 750
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INDAR ELECTRIC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 167 750
Address
Poligono Txara
20200 Beasain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)