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Ionometallurgy of primary sources for an enhanced raw materials recovery

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 815748

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 684 450

  • EU contribution

    € 5 684 450

Coordinated by:

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL

Spain

Objective

The Ion4Raw project proposes an energy-, material- and cost-efficient new mineral processing technology to recover by-products from primary sources by means of innovative Deep Eutectic Solvent (DES) ionic liquids and advanced electrorecovery as an only step. A joint recovery of by-products from primary sources which belong to the Cu-Ag-Au group is proposed. Most of the targeted by-products elements are Critical Raw Materials as bismuth (Bi), germanium (Ge), indium (In), cobalt (Co), platinum (Pt) and antimony (Sb). Accompanying major product metals, e.g. copper (Cu), silver (Ag) and gold (Au), may also be recovered by this process. The flexibility of the process (to be demonstrated to TRL 5 through a prototype) increases its market penetration potential as a sound systemic solution.
The technical feasibility of this concept is supported by the TRL 2-3. From this starting point, the Ion4Raw project aims to reach TRL 5 by implementing a process prototype at TECNALIA (TEC) facilities. Furthermore, to produce a sound systemic solution, comprehensive by-product potential mapping will be carried out to link the Ion4Raw process with suitable sources.
Finally, Ion4Raw project has a very promising business potential since it will allow mining and mineral processing companies to fully exploit by-product potential by recovering them at their own facilities. This will contribute to unlocking the full potential of Europe’s inner wealth by converting new and currently unexploited resources into reserves.
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Coordinator

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL

Address

Avenida Leonardo Da Vinci 18 Piso 2
41092 Sevilla

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 047 750

Participants (12)

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 471 120

SCOTGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 104 000

CUMBRES EXPLORACIONES SAC

Peru

EU Contribution

€ 120 825

WARDELL ARMSTRONG LLP

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 423 375

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 572 250

SINTEF AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 444 302,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 698 702,50

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 374 625

L'UREDERRA, FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y SOCIAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 479 250

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 355 625

RINA CONSULTING - CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 363 875

PNO INNOVATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 228 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 815748

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 684 450

  • EU contribution

    € 5 684 450

Coordinated by:

OPTIMIZACION ORIENTADA A LA SOSTENIBILIDAD SL

Spain