Innovation Projects

The ambitious vision of EIT RawMaterials is realised by the creation of a structured collaboration within the Knowledge Triangle, which is the basis of the EIT model.

Call for Projects 2022 (KAVA 8) is open!

Call for Projects 2022

EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

385 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

ATHY: Advanced training in Hydrometallurgy

Project duration: 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017

Objective

The project objective is to invite top-notch speakers to deliver an advanced training in the field of hydrometallurgy with a special focus on strategic metals. The audience would be targeted on R&D; researchers from university, research centre and industrial partners carrying on research on non-ferrous metal recycling. A one week (five days) training session will be organised in Liège during 2017. The foreseen learning outcomes are a better fundamental understanding of physicochemical phenomenon governing any hydrometallurgical processes.

The solution (technology)

The expected direct impacts are a better design of experimentation plans, a better interpretation of experimental results, a higher perception of potentials technological bottleneck or threats regarding the developments of a new process. Consecutive indirect impacts should be time and costs savings during implementation of hydrometallurgy related research projects

Partnership

Recycling

AUSOM: AUtomatic SOrting of Mixed Scrap Metals

Project duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022

Objective

The AUSOM project aims at bringing an automatic sorting technology for metal alloys based on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to the market. It will bring a higher quality secondary raw material supply to the European market and meet the identified needs of a robust and cost-effective design that can be incorporated in existing sorting logistics and is capable of sorting steel as well as aluminium and other metals.

The solution (technology)

The project aims at bringing a robust cost effective sorting technique based on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for sorting of shredded scrap metal, to the market. LIBS is today the only existing technique that has the capability to on-line identify also the lighter alloying elements such as e.g. Si, Al, and Mg. A sorting system based on LIBS therefore has the capabilities to sort e.g. the aluminum fractions Zorba and MLC (mixed low copper) and also other metals such as steel alloys. MLC alone is estimated to have an increased value of 860€ per ton when sorted and several hundreds of thousand tons of MLC waste occurs in a year in Europe.
While commercial LIBS sensors already exist, there is a need for a more cost-effective and robust solution that can address a higher scrap throughput, dirty materials, and a variety of metals such as steel alloys. A prototype for such a system has been developed by Swerim and RISE Acreo and tested at several scrap sorting facilities. The AUSOM project now aims at further developing this prototype to work under the conditions needed for scrap sorting equipment such as the XRF-based solutions developed by Redwave. The target is to have a scalable system to meet both the needs of smaller and larger recycling facilities.

Partnership

  • Galloo, Belgium
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • REDWAVE, a division of BT-Wolfgang Binder GmbH, Austria
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden
  • Spectral Industries BV, Netherlands
  • Swerim AB (Lead Partner), Sweden
Recycling

AutoBatRec2020: Automotive Battery Recycling 2020

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021

Objective

In the project AutoBatRec2020, the close cooperation of the battery recycler Umicore, the battery producer Samsung, the automotive group Daimler and the recycling plant manufacturer ImpulsTec, covering the whole value chain and supported by the respective R&D skills of TU BA Freiberg, CEA and Fraunhofer in batteries, recycling, process automation and resource strategies, will give the chance to change the game in that field.

The holistic approach to creating an industrialized battery recycling process with high efficiency, high throughput, and high recovery rate is essential for the sustainable implementation of electric mobility and green energy in Europe.

The solution (technology)

AutoBatRec2020 will bring automotive battery recycling to a new level. It has the aim to develop an industrialized recycling process in Europe that provides a sustainable raw materials source for its high-tech industry.

Partnership

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany (Lead partner)
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France
  • Daimler AG, Germany
  • ImpulsTec, Germany
  • Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH Austria, Austria
  • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany
  • UMICORE NV, Belgium
Sustainable Mining

AutoBoltReload: Automated Bolt Reload – For underground Rock bolting rigs

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 01 April 2021

Objective

The main market for this project are underground mines using bolting rigs. Currently, bolt magazines are always loaded manually. A milestone in automation for the bolting procedure is to automate the bolt magazine reloading. This is a solution that is often asked for by mining companies and Atlas Copco will commercialize this Product. The new Product will improve safety in mines by removing the operators from unsecured areas.

Two strong global trends in the mining industry are the extraction of deeper ore deposits and increased automation. When going deeper the need for increased efficiency, productivity and safety are even more important and the solution to this is increased automation. The bolting procedure is the most advanced operation in the tunneling process and therefore often the bottleneck. The first step in automating the bolting procedure that we have identified is to remove the manual procedure to reload the bolt magazine and the need of camera surveillance.

The solution (technology)

This Project will deliver an automatic and robust solution for reloading bolt magazines and a camera solution to overview the procedure.

Partnership

  • Epiroc Rock Drills AB, Sweden (Lead partner)
  • Alfred Nobel science Park, Sweden
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) Sweden
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, (RWTH Aachen), Germany
Mineral Processing/Resource Efficiency

AVAR: Added Value Alumina Refining

Project duration: 25 October 2017 – 24 October 2019

Objective

The main objective of the project is to produce a number of scarce raw materials for the European economy from wastes from the alumina refining industry.

The solution (technology)

The project will pilot the capture of high purity gallium and vanadium from upstream spent Bayer liquors whilst improving alumina yield within the Bayer process. Gallium has extensive use in the ICT industry while vanadium is using in Steel alloy allocation extensively in the automobile sector.

Partnership

AWARD: RM Documentary: A Series of RM Documentaries followed by Interactive Workshops

Objective

AWARD aims to boost awareness of future generations towards the importance of raw materials in our lives. To achieve that for children, documentaries will be produced to illustrate “What would happen if a raw material suddenly disappears from Earth?”. These documentaries focusing on selected raw materials will be followed by workshops in local schools in three CLCs – where pupils, ages 8 to 10, would learn about these specific raw materials.

The solution (technology)

“Most of the time raw materials are taken for granted. Often, civil society does not consider the consequences of the make-take-dispose consumption model of products which use certain raw materials for their functioning. The AWARD project aims to lead school pupils to a better understanding of their relationship to materials and stimulate an individual reflection on the crucial importance of raw materials.

Two documentaries will be produced based on the question “What happens if a specific raw material suddenly disappears from the Earth?”. They will sketch all the consequences on our daily life from economic, environmental, and social perspectives – the three pillars of sustainability. Complementing the documentaries and facilitating deeper learning, workshop packages will be organized and the teachers will be coached to organize them by themselves in the future. Moreover, hands-on toolkits will be used to ensure the concrete aspect of the workshop. As a follow-up, editors and young entrepreneurs will be proposed to produce and distribute the developed tools; this can be specifically delegated to the EIT RM materials entrepreneurship and innovation partners. Workshop reports and testimonials of workshops will be presented to the education governing bodies in each partner’s country to demonstrate success stories and generate support for adoption of this topic and its possible integration in education programs in the future.”

Partnership

Recycling

AWARD: A Series of RM Documentaries followed by Interactive Workshops

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019

Objective

Most of the time raw materials are taken for granted. Often, civil society does not consider the consequences of the make-take-dispose consumption model of products which use certain raw materials for their functioning. The AWARD project aims to lead school pupils to a better understanding of their relationship to materials and stimulate an individual reflection on the crucial importance of raw materials.

The solution (technology)

Two documentaries will be produced based on the question “What happens if a specific raw material suddenly disappears from the Earth?”. They will sketch all the consequences on our daily life from economic, environmental, and social perspectives – the three pillars of sustainability. Complementing the documentaries and facilitating deeper learning, workshop packages will be organized and the teachers will be coached to organize them by themselves in the future. Moreover, hands-on toolkits will be used to ensure the concrete aspect of the workshop. As a follow-up, editors and young entrepreneurs will be proposed to produce and distribute the developed tools; this can be specifically delegated to the EIT RM materials entrepreneurship and innovation partners. Workshop reports and testimonials of workshops will be presented to the education governing bodies in each partner’s country to demonstrate success stories and generate support for adoption of this topic and its possible integration in education programs in the future.

Partnership

  • Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research
  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven)
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH Aachen
  • TU Clausthal (Clausthal University of Technology)
  • Université de Liège
  • Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH (Wuppertal Institute)
Recycling

AWARE: Raising public awareness on electronic waste as a source of valuable materials

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020

Objective

In Europe, Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing waste streams with high metal and impurity concentrations. Critical raw materials (CRMs) – defined in Europe as materials important to European economy but at the same time associated with supply risks – are used extensively in electronics. The concentrations of most CRMs in ores is limited and the environmental footprint of their use is quite high. Today, the biggest bottleneck for efficient recycling of small household devices and telecommunication equipment is that a large share of devices is stored at homes and end-up in unknown destinations, instead of dedicated recycling schemes. As a consequence, valuable raw materials are lost.

The solution (technology)

The focus of the project will be on education and involvement of school children, both to raise the awareness of end-of-life electronics as a resource, and through them to bring the message into families and the society as whole. The aim of the project is to increase the share of waste ending up in official take-back systems instead of loosing the resource to waste disposal or incineration plants and collection outside official take-back systems.

The project will create new types of education materials co-designed with young people to reach their peers and to involve young people in planning collection campaigns for the end-of-life electronics. The idea is to engage school teachers to be involved in new learning topics, and to distribute information on the circular economy of end-of-life electronics in primary, secondary schools and also high education schools (in Finland) in novel, interesting forms (e.g. games and videos or phenomenon based learning). The main target group for the project is school children with open minds for actions and interest to protect the environment. Besides the school teachers, also university students will be trained to act as envoys in schools. The project will provide the recycling companies, associations and municipalities with new ideas from the pupils for arrangement of campaigns in schools or in society based on feedback from school children.

Partnership

  • EIT Raw Materials GmbH
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione (HIT)
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven)
  • Relight S.R.L.
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology)
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT)
  • Università degli Studi di Trento

For more information, please visit the project website.