The REE4EU project will develop, validate and demonstrate in 2 industrially relevant Pilots an innovative Rare Earth Alloys (REA) production route from permanent magnets PM and Ni metal hydride (NiMH) Battery waste. The targeted integrated solution is based on recently developed lab-proven technologies for direct high temperature electrolysis of REA production. It will be combined in the pilots with an innovative and proven Ionic Liquid Extraction or tailored hydrometallurgical pre-treatment to demonstrate dramatic improvements in cost and environmental performance compared to state of the art technologies.
The project involves in its consortium the full value chain including (SME and large) RE metal producers, PM manufacturer, SME process engineering companies and LCA experts, large electronics and battery recycling companies, SME technology transfer, innovation specialists as well as chemical and end-user associations. Together with 4 top research institutes on high temperature electrolysis, ionic liquids and RE recycling the REE4EU consortium will prove technical and economic viability on in-process PM waste (swarf), as well as end-of-life (EoL) PM and NiMH battery waste, develop urgently required market data on EoL RE availability and a triple value-chain business case for a new European Rare Earth Alloys (REA) production sector from secondary raw material.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement n° 680507
- Date 16 March, 2016
- Tags Environment, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Public - EU FP7 / H2020
- Programme H2020-SPIRE-2014-2015
- Call ID H2020- SPIRE7-2015
- Partners SINTEF, TECNALIA, LESS COMMON METALS LIMITED, VACUUMSCHMELZE GMBH & CO KG, ELKEM AS, A3I SARL INOVERTIS, COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES – CEA, SOCIETE NOUVELLE D'AFFINAGE DES METAUX-SNAM, STENA RECYCLING INTERNATIONAL AB, ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES VEHICULES ELECTRIQUES A BATTERIES, HYBRIDES ET A PILE A COMBUSTIBLE – AVERE, PNO INNOVATION, CONSEIL EUROPÉEN DE L'INDUSTRIE CHIMIQUE – CEFIC, UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
- Project cost 9.063.772,50 €
- Start date October 2015
- End date September 2019