Ionometallurgy of primary sources for an enhanced raw materials recovery

Project Description

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 electro-recovery as an only step. 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.

IDENER contributions

  • IDENER will act as project coordinator, taking care of consortium management, technical, administrative and financial aspects (WP1).
  • IDENER will also lead WP5 related to the integrated process design and optimisation.
  • In WP6, IDENER will carry out detail engineering of the prototype and will perform technical analysis recommendations in WP7.

Project Details

  • Client European Commission
  • Date 19 June, 2019
  • Tags Chemical Engineering, Engineering & Construction, Environment, Expertise area, Funding type, Industrial technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Public - EU FP7 / H2020, Public - H2020, Raw Materials, Research area
  • Programme Horizon 2020-EC
  • Call ID H2020-SC5-2018-2019-2020
  • Client European Commission
  • Partners IDENER, BRGM, ScotGold Resouces Limited, Cumbres Exploraciones SAC, Wardell Armstrong LLP, Tecnalia, SINTEF AS, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf EV, L'UREDERRA, LGI CONSULTING, RINA CONSULTING-CSM, PNO Innovation
  • Project cost 5684450 €
  • Start date 1st June 2019
  • End date 30th May 2022
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