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Innovative Hydrometallurgical Processes to recover Metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries

Objective

The recycling business is traditionally dominated by SMEs. In the last 2-3 years a general trend in the electronics recycling sector to bigger companies is very visible. Multinational, multisector companies are buying several smaller recyclers every year. This trend is caused by 2 factors: • Many countries transposed the WEEE- and Battery Directives in a way relying heavily on collective systems. • Also the big secondary raw material processors are more interested in few big contracts instead of a lot of small contracts as this brings down their administrative costs. Therefore it is close to impossible to sell materials with a high metal concentration for SMEs at the moment. Therefore the HydroWEEE project deals with the recovery of base and precious metals from WEEE including lamps and spent batteries by hydrometallurgical processes. The idea is to develop a mobile plant using hydrometallurgical processes to extract metals like Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Zinc (Zn), Yttrium (Y), Indium (In), … in a high purity (above 95%). By making this plant mobile (in a container) several SMEs can benefit from the same plant at different times and therefore limit the necessary quantities of waste as well as investments. In addition this new HydroWEEE process will produce pure enough materials that they can be directly used by end-users for electroplating. Because of this 2 levels of intermediaries from today (bigger recyclers and secondary material processors) will be bypassed. This will make the SMEs much more competitive than today and reverse the general trend to bigger companies. The HydroWEEE consortium has 9 partners from 4 countries - 3 EU Member States (Austria, Romania, Italy) and a Western Balkan Country (Serbia). All in all it has been calculated that HydroWEEE generates a turnover in excess of 100 million € and about 150 interesting work places within the SMEs – approximately 100 times the total cost of the project or 130 times the EU-funding

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Coordinator

OSTERREICHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR SYSTEM- UND AUTOMATISIERUNGSTECHNIK
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Konrad-duden-gasse 33
1130 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 39 610
Administrative Contact
Bernd Kopacek (Dr.)

Participants (8)

ECO RECYCLING SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 276 075
Address
Via Francesco Siacci 4
00197 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ida De Michelis (Dr.)
RELIGHT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 555
Address
Via Lainate 98/100
20017 Rho
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emanuela Colombo (Ms.)
COMPANY FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECOLOGICAL RESEARCHES SE TRADE DOO BELGRADE
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 139 175
Address
Slanacki Put St 26
11060 Beograd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zorana Nikolic (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 5 990
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Maria Provinciali (Dr.)
INSTITUT MIHAJLO PUPIN
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 11 070
Address
Volgina 15
11060 Beograd
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Milena Antic (Ms.)
GREENTRONICS SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 205 935
Address
Strada Viilor 15
140110 Alexandria Teleorman
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolae Voicu (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 9 834
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leonardo Adamo Pajewski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 6 756
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesca Beolchini (Dr.)