Innovation Projects

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

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EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

178 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

Recycling

DISPLAY: Upscale of material recovery from display applications and Printed Circuit Boards

Project duration: 19 July 2017 – 18 July 2020

Objective

The objective of the project proposal is to upscale and implement an innovative process cascade specified to recover raw materials from electronic display appliances and printed circuit boards (PCBs). These items are highly integrated composites of polymers (25-40 %), glass (10-40%) and metals, including critical materials like indium, gallium, germanium, etc. Due to the small size of these items they are normally not subjected to mechanical or manual separation processes and treated in smelters instead. Smelter technologies, however, do not recover materials like plastics and glass and do not focus on low concentrated critical metals.

The solution (technology)

The DISPLAY project intends to supply a technical solution for a material oriented disassembly of display appliances and PCBs by combining electrohydraulic fragmentation, spectroscopic sorting and the solvent based CreaSolv® process. This cascade of innovative and developed processes (TRL 5) will produce glass, engineering plastics like PC/ABS and metal concentrates. The latter will be provided to downstream hydrometallurgical and pyro metallurgic recovery processes, including smelters. This approach will increase the overall material recovery and the economy of the recycling process since a much higher percentage of the waste is transferred into and sold as secondary raw materials. The strategic importance of this approach is highly promising: The disassembly cascade can be operated in regional recycling centres close to the network of existing WEEE recyclers. Plastics and glass are provided for re-application in regional markets. The pre-treatment technology provides higher concentrated metal fractions for further use in existing smelter plants. In addition, however, it may open the market to specialized small scale hydrometallurgical processors (start-ups). Thus, the innovative process cascade is not a competition to existing smelters, but it will lead to a diversification of the raw material supply market. Finally, European WEEE recyclers will benefit from the development, since recoveries for sorted WEEE items will increase. The project is subdivided into 8 work packages (WPs), starting with the obligatory feasibility study. WP 2 will define and adjust target fractions in order to fit requirements of downstream processors. WP 3 will focus on availability and collection of suitable input streams. WP 4, 5 and 6 will upscale the single processes to TRL 6, optimise processes and products and finally conduct a test sample production at TRL 7 (2 tonnes). Basing on these results are business plan will be developed in WP 7 as a base for further commercialisation of the technology on a European and global scale. WP 1, Project Management, will ensure a smooth project organisation and internal communication as well as multiple training dissemination activities, including education of Master and PhD student and international workshops.

Partnership

For more information, please visit the project website.

Substitution

ECO COM’BAT: Ecological Composites for High-Efficient Li-Ion Batteries

Project duration: 1 April 2016 – 31 December 2018

Objective

The energy and mobility industry strongly depends on lithium-ion batteries as mobile energy storage devices for electric vehicles, electric bikes, or as stationary storage systems for solar cells or wind turbines. These batteries contain many precious and critical raw materials, e. g. cobalt and fossil resource-based graphite. So the large and still increasing markets energy supply and mobility run into resource scarcity. This resource scarcity will become even more relevant in future if we do not find efficient and sustainable substitutes for those materials.
In effect there is a requirement to find solutions for new battery materials with reduced amounts of critical raw materials and with higher energy and power density, higher output voltage and longer cycle life as well as production processes that are green, sustainable, and economic.
Thus, the objective of the project ECO COM’BAT is the combination of the latest developments of green and high-performance materials to produce the next generation of lithium-ion batteries, the so called high-voltage batteries.

The solution (technology)

For this purpose, the materials have to be up-scaled to pilot and later industrial scale. By involving actors along the whole value chain and from each part of the knowledge triangle (including task partners CCI as SME and SAFT as end user for batteries) the newly developed battery materials will be produced and processed to electrodes and battery cells. Their performance will be modelled and finally tested with specifications of SAFT.

Partnership

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain
  • Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA), Italy
  • Arkema France, France
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative  Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Custom Cells Itzehoe GmbH (CCI), Germany
  • SAFT Incubator, France
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • UMICORE NV, Belgium
  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV – (Flemish Institute for Technological Research NV VITO), Belgium

For more information, please visit the project website.

Recycling

ECOPADS: Eliminating COpper from brake PADS and Recycling

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2020

Objective

The main concerns on vehicular traffic pollution are most of the times associated to emissions of exhaust gases from internal combustion engines. The Project is addressing another important issue concerning vehicle emission, that is the wearing out of disc brake materials. Indeed, brakes, tires, asphalt are all important sources of a large fraction of the total emission of particulate matter from road traffic, although usually they are not regarded as such by the public opinion.

This aspect should attract more attention instead, since all the mentioned emission sources will be there and gain increasing relevance with the widespread diffusion of hybrid and fully electrical engines, and corresponding further reduction or elimination of engine exhaust emissions.

The solution (technology)

ECOPADS intends to develop new brake pads for road vehicles featuring copper-free friction material, in order to eliminate the main source of copper released in urban areas. This will beneficially influence human health and environmental conditions. The novel brake pads will be certified as concerns not only the brake performances but also the particulate matter emission and a complete recycling route.

Partnership

  • Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy(Lead partner)
  • Brembo S.p.A, Italy
  • Hub Innovazione Trentino S.c.a.r.l. (HIT), Italy
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Circular Economy

ECOS. E-mobility cost study – The cost of mobility

Project duration: 10 May 2019 – 31 December 2019

Objective

The main target of the project is to define the real cost of e-mobility; effects of environmental, monetary and social aspects on the overall footprint of e-mobility. In the first part, the literature survey and analysis, existing information is evaluated and gaps along the whole value chain are recognized. Key issues being environmental LCAs, ethical sourcing and avoiding child labour. Another key objective is to find out how important responsibly produced raw materials (Co, Ni, Nb, Li, REE etc.), electric engines and batteries are to different actors in the e-mobility value chain. Are different sustainability aspects considered when buying the materials? The deliverable of this project is a final report which is highly beneficial for EIT RawMaterials in implementing its own strategy as well as identifying and highlighting the future needs and improvement areas for upcoming KAVA calls and other project themes.

The solution (technology)

The deliverable of this project is a final report which is highly beneficial for EIT RawMaterials in implementing its own strategy as well as identifying and highlighting the future needs and improvement areas for upcoming KAVA calls and other project themes.

Partnership

  • Suomen Malmijalostus Oy, Finland (Lead Partner)
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (The French geological survey), France
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR), Germany
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), the Nertherlands
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT), Belgium
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Université de Lorraine (UL), France
Recycling

ElectroFlex: (Bio)Electrochemical extraction and recovery of metals from low grade ores and residues

Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020

Objective

The ElectroFlex project intends to lower the barrier to innovation for customers/companies in the field of electrowinning and electro-separation techniques for complex, low-grade raw materials and residues by offering access to one-of-a-kind, key infrastructures and services organised in a network of top-level universities, research institutes and companies.

The solution (technology)

A single-point-of-contact will be installed to act as coordinator or hub of the network to set-up, manage, operate and promote the network in a transparent and efficient way. In addition the coordinator will install a follow-up process to guide and connect customers to other KAVA activities. De-silo expertise by initiating community building and facilitating a mutual learning process among the partners by sharing best practice at workshops, meetings and through collaborative projects, will lead to excellence of the network at the European and global stage. Smart specialisation will be stimulated by the partners by making an inventory of the available infrastructure within the network, the KIC and Europe and by organising interactions with stakeholders to define their needs and identify gaps in key infrastructure to be filled by the network/KIC in follow-up projects or investments.

Partnership

  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV – (Flemish Institute for Technological Research NV VITO), Belgium (Lead Partner)
  • Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio (Aalto University), Finland
  • Chalmers tekniska högskola AB (Chalmers University of Technology), Sweden
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Stichting Wetsus European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, (Wetsus), The Netherlands
  • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT), Finland
  • UMICORE NV, Belgium

For more information, please check the project website.

Exploration

ELI: European Lithium Institute

Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020

Objective

Driven by the European energy transition and electric mobility the demand for lithium is rapidly growing and current European resources are limited or just in the exploration phase. To reduce Europe’s dependency on lithium and related critical energy materials, novel approaches are necessarily based on a circular economy and international networks as well as new recycling, processing and exploration solutions.

The solution (technology)

ELI will gather partners active in the complete value chain of Li-based technologies (including working on the limits of cobalt, nickel and other battery materials) to generate focused cooperation and innovative research projects aiming to solve existing issues concerning lithium, as well as the problems that can arise in the future. The consequently no longer missing comprehensive information should enable a bit of more focused advice to decision makers in politics and industry.

Partnership

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany (Lead Partner)
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (The French geological survey), France
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique-2 (CNRS-UB), France
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), France
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V. (HZDR), Germany
  • Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Université de Lorraine (UL), France
Exploration

EMENTOR: Entrepreneurship Mentor Network in Raw Materials

Objective

The main objective of this project is to strengthen entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in the raw materials sector by creating a unique specialised Mentor Network that can become a single door to ask for advice. The aim is not only mentoring start-ups or early on business opportunities, but also to help in converting new EIT RawMaterials upscaling projects into spin-off companies. Therefore the most related end-customers for this tool will be entrepreneurs or related teams that are willing to initiate their own technology-based business in the Raw Materials field.

The solution (technology)

The mentor’s network will be organised by areas of knowledge (Marketing, Sales, Finance, IP, Governance, Technology…) in a web tool, to make it easier to end users. The ideal Mentor Profile should include the following attributes: supportive, nurturing, protective, honest in feedback, understands boundaries, balanced perspective. In the future, it will be open to include extended partner’s own network, and EIT RawMaterials international partners, as well as to incorporate new areas of knowledge or reduce existing ones based on their demand. Access will be easy, and users will be able to provide feedback on mentor’s support/experience.

Partnership

  • Tecnalia Ventures, Spain (Lead Partner)
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Hub Innovazione Trentino, Italy
  • Launchbox, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Mektory, Tallin University of Technology, Estland
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Circular Economy

EMFIS: European Material Stock and Flow Intelligence Service

Project duration: 01 January 2016 – 31 December 2018

Objective

The aim of the EMFIS Network of Infrastructure project is to bring together parties from the EIT KIC RM highly experienced in performing comprehensive material stock-flow analyses, and who have developed own conceptual structures for database development, and who have built data reconciliation and harmonization tools.

The solution (technology)

This network will offer a platform that facilitates all future projects of the EIT KIC RM consortium in which data mining activities related to material flow and stocks plays a role. Close collaboration will be created with DG GROW, DG JRC (Petten and Ispra) and EEA, UN International Resources Panel and the OECD. It will also complement a NoI on primary materials data set up by geological surveys (RMIData4Industry), and a NoI on the Sustainability Support and Information Centre (SSIC) that aims to provide a service for industry and technology developers on how to design, develop and evaluate innovations leading to sustainable materials management

Partnership

  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (The French geological survey), France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS, Denmark
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), The Netherlands
  • Outotec Oy, Finland
  • Outotec Oyj, Finland
  • PM
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), The Netherlands
  • Wuppertal Institut fuer Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH (Wuppertal Institute), Germany