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Pre-commercial pilot for the efficient recovery of Precious Metals from European end of life resources with novel low cost technologies

Objective

PEACOC will showcase a first-of-a-kind economically and environmentally viable pre-commercial metallurgical system for recovering Precious Metals (PMs) (i.e. Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) identified as critical raw materials by the European Commission (EC), as well as gold (Au) and silver (Ag)), highly important for the EU economy, from a wide variety of abundant end-of-life (EPEACOC will showcase a first-of-a-kind economically and environmentally viable pre-commercial metallurgical system for recovering Precious Metals (PMs) (i.e. Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) identified as critical raw materials by the European Commission (EC), as well as gold (Au) and silver (Ag)), highly important for the EU economy, from a wide variety of abundant end-of-life (EoL) products in Europe. The concept is mainly based on previously developed recovery and refining technologies to TRL 5 in the PLATIRUS Research and Innovation project (Micro-Wave assisted leaching and Gas Diffusion Electrocrystallization GDEx), which were flagged by the Innovation Radar initiative of the EC as excellent innovations and showed a significant cost reduction and lower environmental impact compared to state-of-the-art hydrometallurgical processes as will be shown throughout the proposal. The PEACOC system will be demonstrated at pre-commercial scale at TRL7 with capacity to treat ~50t of PMs concentrates/year i.e. with a recovery capacity of i)2 kg PGMs/week from spent autocatalysts (containing ~2.5kg PGMs/t), ii) 0.5-1 kg Au/week from Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) with a focus on low and medium grade PCBA (containing 20-100 g Au/t) that are currently poorly valorized in industrial smelting processes due to low PM concentrations, and iii) 10 kg Ag/week from EoL Photovoltaic (PV) panels (containing ~3-10 kg Ag/t) which will be an abundant resource in Europe in the coming few years. The project will demonstrate the production of PMs at a profit margin up to 80% with respect to current PMs market prices.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCCI-2020-EASME-twostage
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 506 807,50

Participants (18)

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 423 000
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
TREEE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 220 850
Address
Via Garbagnate 61/D
20020 Lainate
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMET TRAITEMENTS SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 253 321,25
Address
Rivage De Boubier 25
6200 Chatelet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MONOLITHOS KATALITES KE ANAKIKLOSI ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 398 650
Address
Vrilissou 83
11476 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORD OTOMOTIV SANAYI ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 215 250
Address
Akpinar Mah Hasan Basri Cad No 2 Sancaktepe
34885 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MBN NANOMATERIALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 319 973,25
Address
Via Bortolan 42
31030 Carbonera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOUTRETSOS KONSTANTINOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 266 410,38
Address
Asklipiou 51
18537 Piraeus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INNCEINNMAT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 713 387,50
Address
Avenida Ferrandis Salvador 5 Entlo 6
12100 Castellon De La Plana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
6T-MIC INGENIERIES
France
EU contribution
€ 373 653,88
Address
9 Rue Du Developpement Zi Vic
31320 Castanet-tolosan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOPACEK KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 307 279
Address
Konrad-duden-gasse 33
1130 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 798 031,25
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 940 158,75
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 2 990 912,50
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 254 712,50
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 643 487,50
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTAC ISTANBUL CEVRE YONETIM SANAYIVE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 149 340,63
Address
Pasa Mh Piyalepasa Bulvari 74 Sisli
34379 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ADMATEC EUROPE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 245 371
Address
Hamsterkoog 7
1822 CD Alkmaar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 888,13
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)