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Development of an innovative sustainable strategy for selective biorecover of critical raw materials from Primary and Secondary sources

Development of an innovative sustainable strategy for selective biorecover of critical raw materials from Primary and Secondary sources

Objective

The objective of BIORECOVER is the R&D of a new sustainable & safe process, essentially based on biotechnology, for selective extraction of a range of Critical Raw Materials, from relevant unexploited secondary & primary sources:
-Rare Earths from Bauxite Residue from Greece (MYTILINEOS)
-Magnesium from Mg wastes of low grade minerals and calcination by-products- from Spain (MAGNA)
-Platinum Group Metals from flotation tailings from South Africa (UWITS) & PGM slags, dusts and press cake from United Kingdom (JM)
To this end, BIORECOVER will be based on the integration of 3 main stages to reach the expected recovery rates (90%), selectivity (95%) & purity (99%) (TRL from 2-3 to 5):
(1) Remove the major impurities presents in raw materials sources to achieve the greater availability of the target metals for their recovery.
(2) Mobilise these metals through specific and improved microorganisms to get a leachate enriched with the target CRMs.
(3) Development of a specific technology for recovering metals with high selectivity & purity that meet the quality requirements for its reuse.
Downstream processes will be also studied of the recovered metals for their reuse (brakes pads, oxygen sensors, powder Mg & catalysts). The different stages of the process provide it modular capacity increasing its adaptation flexibility and thus, further market penetration.
LCA & LCC and a Decision Making Framework will support these aims. The awareness, trust & acceptance of the society about the importance of raw materials will be addressed by an awareness campaign and public perception studies. The project results will contribute to EU bio-mining knowledge (RMIS) and a communication with other key project will be also set up.
To achieve this ambitious project, a multidisciplinary consortium covering the whole value chain (from suppliers to end users) will be involved, being represented 7 member states across EU (ES, DK, FR, LE, PT, SE & UK) and effective international cooperation with ZA

Coordinator

FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DE INVESTIGACION MULTISECTORIAL

Address

Parque Empresarial Alvedro, Calle H Numero 20
15180 Culleredo

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 802 781,25

Participants (13)

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MYTILINEOS ANONIMI ETAIRIA - OMILOS EPICHEIRISEON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 241 187,50

MAGNESITAS NAVARRAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 342 062,50

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 411 860

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 470 370

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND JOHANNESBURG

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 596 633,75

LINNEUNIVERSITETET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 426 311,25

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 436 192,50

TECNICAS REUNIDAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 692 187,50

ALGAENERGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 449 592,50

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 698 755

FRANCISCO ALBERO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 241 093,75

VERTECH GROUP

France

EU Contribution

€ 305 000

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 223 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821096

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 337 277,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 337 277,50

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DE INVESTIGACION MULTISECTORIAL

Spain