VALOMAG online seminar
3 December 2021
EIT RawMaterials and the partners of VALOMAG are delighted to invite you to attend the 1st VALOMAG seminar which will be held on the 3rd December 2021.
Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) based permanent magnets are indispensable for today’s technology-driven society, and this dependence is likely to increase. They are used in a variety of applications such as robotic systems and home appliances; they are also essential for clean energy applications such as hybrid/electric vehicles and wind turbines. Metals as neodymium and dysprosium have a substantial supply risk and a high commercial value, and the recycling of EoL products as waste NdFeB magnets is a promising route to alleviate the supply risk.
The VALOMAG project aims to supply a technical solution for recycling the permanent magnet disassembly from End-of-Life applications like computer hard disc drives, electric vehicles, and wind turbines. VALOMAG assesses two short loop recycling technologies for high and medium-quality magnet waste with a third alternative route using hydrometallurgical processes for low-quality waste magnets.
This seminar presents a technical and market overview of magnet recycling in the EU, with current R&I initiatives like the SUSMAGPRO project and the progress of the VALOMAG project.
10:00 – 10:20 introduction by EIT RM and presentation of ERMA action plan on Magnets and Motors – Roland Gauss (EIT RM)
10:20 – 10:45 Valomag project (from pre-processing to making of new magnets) – Virginie Decottignies (SUEZ)
10:45 – 11:15 Dismantling steps combining thermal treatment and fragmentation – Thibaut Marcon (CRM group) and Kathy Bru (BRGM)
11:15 – 11:30 coffee/tea break
11:30 – 12:00 Transformation to the manufacturing of new magnets – Cyril Rado (CEA) and Boris Saje (Kolektor)
12.00 – 12.30 Transformation to the production of REE oxides through hydrometallurgical routes – Nour-Eddine Menad (BRGM)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:00 Mass Flow Analysis of the whole steps – Fernando Coelho (TU Delft)
14:00 – 14:30 Life Cycle Analysis – Zhijie Li (Leiden University)
14:30 – 14:45 coffee/tea break
14.45 – 15.15 Synthesis: discussion on the overall steps and VALOMAG project.
15:15 – 15:45 Example of another R&I initiative on magnets recycling – SUSMAGPRO project – Carlo Burkhardt (Pforzheim University)
15.45 – 16.30 Questions by the audience. (or another presentation; perhaps by the 2 MSc graduates).
Via: MS Teams (a link will be sent a few days before the seminar)