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Sustainable Recovery, Reprocessing and Reuse of Rare-Earth Magnets in a Circular Economy (SUSMAGPRO)

Objective

The aim of this project is to develop a recycling supply chain for rare earth magnets in the EU and to demonstrate these new materials on a pilot scale within a range of application sectors.

Rare earth magnets based upon neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB, also containing dysprosium) are used in a wide range of products, including for example clean energy technologies (wind turbines and electric vehicles) and high tech sectors such as electronics. However in recent years the supply of these materials has come under considerable pressure and neodymium and dysprosium are now deemed to be of greatest supply risk for all elements.

The EU imports far more NdFeB magnets than it manufactures (>1,000 tonnes manufactured per annum). It has been estimated that ~ 2,000-3,000 tonnes/annum of NdFeB will be available by 2020 for recycling, which presents a significant opportunity. The aim of this project is to identify, separate, recycle and demonstrate recycled magnets at a pilot scale with a multidisciplinary team located across the EU. The project will target three of the main application sectors including automotive, electronics and wind turbines.

The project will develop new sensing and robotic sorting lines for the identified EoL products, building upon technologies developed in the FP7 project Remanence. New hydrogen based technologies will be demonstrated at scale for separating and purifying NdFeB powders from the robotically sorted parts and this technology will be duplicated at another partner in the project. The separated powders will be re-manufactured into sintered magnets, injection moulded magnets, metal injection moulded magnets and cast alloys, at 4 different companies across 3 countries, building upon work in the Repromag Horizon 2020 project. A techno economic assessment will be performed for each potential recycling route alongside a life cycle assessment to assess the environmental benefits over primary production.
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Coordinator

HOCHSCHULE PFORZHEIM

Address

Tiefenbronner Strasse 65
75175 Pforzheim

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 088 000

Participants (18)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 3 899 421,25

STENA RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 153 788,25

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 844 635

INSERMA ANOIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 378 839,13

LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 318 066,88

MIMPLUS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 644 218,75

MAGNETI LJUBLJANA PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO MAGNETNIH MATERIALOV DD

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 589 531,25

KOLEKTOR MAGNET TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 728 292,25

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 301 396,63

B&C SPEAKERS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 170 130,63

GRUNDFOS HOLDING AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 518 437,50

BUNTING MAGNETICS EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 87 925,60

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 785 000

FOTEC FORSCHUNGS- UND TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 104 527,50

SENNHEISER ELECTRONIC GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 121 187,50

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 181 822,50

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 412 225

STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 650 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 821114

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 741 592,11

  • EU contribution

    € 12 977 445,62

Coordinated by:

HOCHSCHULE PFORZHEIM

Germany