The extraordinary properties of refractory metals, the unlikeliness of their future substitution and their use in booming industries will sustain a high EU demand for tungsten (W), niobium (Nb) and tantalum (Ta). Despite all three being classified as Critical Raw Materials (CRM) by the European Commission (EC), fractions of these indispensable metals are dissipated as by-products in mining waste streams as well as process scrap. To stimulate their recovery from such complex, low-grade resources, TARANTULA will develop a suite of cost-effective, scalable and eco-friendly processes with high selectivity and recovery rates. These novel technologies, each representing an alternative for one or more process steps of state-of-the-art (SoA) processing lines, will form new routes towards market-ready metals, metal oxides and metal carbides.
- IDENER will develop the conceptual and basic engineering for the selected process as a first step for the construction of the prototype
- IDENER will model the selected process to establish the groundwork of the behaviour of the prototype.
- 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
- Partners FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, SINTED AS, VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V., UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE, CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB, CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D'ETUDE DE TANTALE ET DE NIOBIUM, SALORO SL, STRATEGIC MINERALS SPAIN SL, CRONIMET HOLDING GMBH, SIDENOR INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO, E-MINES, INERCO INGENIERIA, TECNOLOGIA Y CONSULTORIA SA, PNO INNOVATION, FUNDACION ICAMCYL
- Project cost 6,946,608 €
- Start date 1st June 2019
- End date 30th May 2022