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.

Call for Projects 2021 is closed! The next call will open in October 2020.

Call for Projects 2022

EIT RawMaterials Projects Timeline

319 Projects
Project Portfolio
Innovation Themes
Innovation Areas/Lighthouses

Recycling

BloW-uP: Balkans Waste to Products: transfer of NoI model to Balkan area: de-siloing new waste-derived raw materials and devel-oping new applications.

Objective

BloW-uP RIS project intends to transfer the EIT RawMaterials NoI model to ESEE countries, supporting the de-siloing and development of new applications for a better waste and raw materials management. The scope is to create the basis for helping (local) companies and entrepreneurs together with Academia and Research (the knowledge triangle) in the development of new solutions/products/processes based on waste derived secondary raw materials. Blow-uP is also an outreach of FREECATS NoI and will exploit its asset and expertise widening the impact to new products and markets.

The solution (technology)

Nanomaterials possess a great potential or have already found applications in several KETs and commercial product and found a large number of applications in different fields. BloW-UP solutions: Additives for lubricants made from mining sludges already reached TRL3. In BloW-uP TRL will be increased up to 5-6 at least. Carbon based materials for FCs/Electrolyzers and Metal-Air batteries are expensive while starting from secondary raw materials derived from wastes would reduce the cost.

Other applications (to be assessed) include:

  • iron oxides utilized in air pollution abatement, wastewater treatment, in syngas and hydrogen production;
  • carbon-based materials as adsorption materials for waste water treatment, and support materials for catalysts.

Partnership

Learn more about the BloW-uP project on blowupris.istm.cnr.it

Sustainable Mining

BlueHarvesting: Hydraulic Collector for Polymetallic Nodules from the Deepsea

Project duration: 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2022

Objective

Deep sea mining is one of the new fields of industry that can aid in the supply of critical raw materials. Vast amounts of polymetallic nodules are found on the floor of the Clarion Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean at typical water depths of 3 to 6 kilometers, containing appreciable amounts of cobalt, nickel and copper. To date, subsea harvesting equipment (collectors) is known to generate large plumes of suspended particles which will have serious impacts on seabed life in the areas surrounding the mine sites and potentially for some kilometers distant to the mine sites.

The solution (technology)

This project will focus on the development and improvement of the collector reducing its environmental impact and optimizing its production rate and efficiency. It will build on the development of the collector from the Blue Nodules (H2020) project through improved design to reduce the volume of sediment that will be brought into suspension and hence the volume of the plume. Extensive simulations on the fluid dynamics of the collector as a whole, both inlet, processing and outlet of the water flow entraining nodules and sediment, will be analyzed and validated with lab and field tests. These results will be used to optimize the design of the system as a whole to limit the production and dispersion of suspended sediment.

Partnership

  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), Netherlands (Lead Partner)
  • Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas M.P., CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Spain
  • IHC Mining B.V., Netherlands
  • Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Royal IHC Group, Netherlands
  • Seascape Consultants Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten (NIOZ), Netherlands
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), Netherlands
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

BREAKit: Bringing Research Knowledge to Exploitation: A T-Shape Itinerary Approach

Objective

High level of technical specialisation could limit people’s ability to generate innovations. The project will implement and test an itinerary of learning events and contents, supported by a knowledge and learning platform, to create and train T-shaped innovation champions with the skills to transform new knowledge into a business value proposition through learning by doing methodology, following customer development and lean start-up approach.

The solution (technology)

Knowledge and Technology per se don’t generate value. A proactive and customer oriented attitude together with a business mindset is required to explore and create innovation and new business models.  The project proposes an itinerary to help researchers and other technical profiles to transform knowledge generated in their projects, thesis, etc. into a value proposition for the market. Doing this participants can create new lines of business within their organisation (and thus become an intrapreneur) or create a new companies.

The proposed itinerary is based on lean start-up approach where one of the main activities is to contrast rapidly ideas with potential customers, stakeholders, etc. and to understand their needs. Learning by doing methodology will be used. While working in a project or thesis, participants will acquire knowledge and skills that generate specialists in the raw materials processes and technologies, including the environmental and sustainability aspects. Participants should have at least a project, topic of the thesis, some previous results in their organisation, etc. The project will also be the vehicle to develop transversal skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, customer development, market orientation and business perspective, and the abilities to ideate and prototype solutions to contrast with industry and therefore to create innovations for the industry and society.

Also online courses related to technical topics in raw material (mining, recycling and materials chain optimization and design of products and services for the circular economy ) and about innovation, intrapreneurship, business models in circular economy, etc. will be available for a broader audience.

A learning and knowledge platform will be customised and available to support the contents, assignments, follow-up, and will facilitate the online interaction of the community of learners.

Another result is the creation of an international community that learns together by sharing experiences and learning by doing. Participants can be graduated researchers or technical people from universities, research and technology organisations or industrial enterprises in the Raw Material sector.

Partnership

  • Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain (Lead Partner)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Mondragon Corporation S. Coop., Spain
  • Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa (MGEP), Spain
  • Monolithos Ltd, Greece
  • Outotec Oyj, Finland
  • Relight S.R.L., Italy
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden
  • Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT), Finland

Find more on the BREAK – it project Twitter.

BRIEFCASE – Learning the Uses of Minerals Through Non-Conventional Teaching Tools

Objective:

The project is orientated to Wider Society Learning. The specific target audience will be primary school children aged from 6 to 14 years old, and their teachers. It will develop innovative popular science tools and content to explain mining activities and mineral applications to society. Important considerations will be dedicated to the Not In My Backyard concept and mining in equal conditions, as well as to the problem of so-called “blood minerals”.

The solution (technology):

The Project seeks to bring minerals and mining closer to society as a whole. Its ultimate goal is that citizens from an early age know where the mineral products they use in daily life come from, and how our daily purchase decisions affect to the social environment of the people who live in countries with resources exploitation. That it is not possible to live without minerals and without mines but, through example and a friendly approach, communicate that mining is a modern activity and that it has an impact on the society and environment that can be mitigated.

The BRIEFCASE is a novel product that has been used successfully by the Geomining museum and the IGME for ten years. It is distributed in two zones, in one the minerals are located and in another the applications of the same ones: a light bulb with your filament of tungsten, an aluminium tin, toothpaste that contains fluorine, etc. Although the BRIEFCASE is aimed at all ages, the primary focus will be primary school children to teenagers (6-14 years old) and their teachers.

Although the final configuration of the virtual BRIEFCASE and popular contents has not yet been decided, it can be “clicking” on a house or smart city- eg: you click on the car or on the house and a dropdown menu shows wich minerals and elements are included.
The Project will generate practical theoretical contents and a physical and virtual material (online), related with the consequences of the daily use of RM and their exploitation which will be transferred through a disruptive tool, the BRIEFCASE, and will be presented in different areas of Europe through universities and research centres. Once the Project is finished, the material will be available to the academic and educative community, which will be able to continue using it in their workshops and courses in an autonomous way, as well as lend it to teaching centres, congresses, and events that may request it, including training as the workshops will be later collected on the website so that anyone can replicate them.

Partners:

Gomez Pardo Foundation, Spain (Lead Partner)
Coventry University, United Kingdom
Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME – Spanish Geological Survey), Spain
Monolithos Ltd, Greece
Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca (University of Milano- Bicocca), Italy

 

 

BusiSource: Waste from companies as a secondary source

Objective

The project objective is to compile different methods to improve collection of WEEE from household waste, under different circumstances in the EU and spread this information throughout the target audience; businesses, other organisations concerning (WEEE) and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) production.

The solution (technology)

The dissemination of the information is set within raising awareness at large towards the (secondary) raw materials sector. The dissemination of the information is by workshops. These workshops will be tested during the dissemination, and business models of giving these workshops will be tested. The target end-customers and key beneficiaries of this educational activity are on one side the businesses who can remove obsolete EEE and WEEE at lower cost or more income, and on the other side the recycling, remanufacturing and repair businesses who need more (W)EEE as an input. The major contribution to the target audience is lowering the collection costs (municipals) and organise more input for processing (recycling, remanufacturing and repair). The scope of the project is to compile different methods to improve collection WEEE from businesses and spread this information to the target audience. The key deliverables are a website with an overview of these methods for separate EEE/WEEE collection in businesses, workshops for at least 200 companies and a document on best practices how to give these workshops and a business model for these workshops for the KIC-LE. The website will also be a platform for businesses to connect with each other to exchange EEE/WEEE, and to benchmark with other businesses. The main impact is to lower the costs of WEEE disposal for businesses, increase the amount of WEEE for recycling and EEE for repair and remanufacturing companies.

Partnership

C-BOOT: Bootcamp for Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy

Objective:

C:\BOOT is a coaching programme to support aspiring circular entrepreneurs with the development of a solid business pitch ready for further support in the EIT-RM Start-up acceleration programme. The programme targets a broad range of students and professionals with initial ideas focused on the CE’s inner circles, and takes them on a journey of three exploration trips, consisting of learning activities, site visits and coaching.

The solution (technology):

C:\BOOT is an international coaching program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs with identifying and sharpening their circular business idea. The programme targets master and PhD students, young graduates, professionals and entrepreneurs with some prior knowledge on circular economy concepts (e.g. acquired during one of the existing circular economy related MOOCs or summer schools), but especially a demonstrated interest in setting up a circular business. After the C:\BOOT programme, participants will have a clear circular business pitch on which they can build a start-up, as well as having the skills to engage in a start-up endeavour. With this experience, they should be able to be accepted into existing start-up incubator or accelerator programmes, such as the EIT RawMaterials start-up acceleration programme.

The programme consists of a series of brief, focused bootcamps in Belgium, Sweden and Italy, during which participants will receive a mix of education, coaching and inspirational activities. Using different educational formats and coaching approaches, participants will spot circular business innovation opportunities, and start building a business concept to capture those opportunities. The programme uses a societal and customer need driven perspective (as opposed to the technology or solution-driven perspectives commonly used) to identify solutions for the inner circles of the circular economy that create added value for customers and for society as a whole.

Partners:

Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV (VITO), Belgium (Lead Partner)
Lund University, Sweden
Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy

Recycling

C2CC: Cradle-to-Cradle Composites

Project duration: 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2022

Objective

Existing CO2 emissions regulations force car manufacturers to aim at significant weight reduction, which seems possible only through the substitution of metals (which are also critical raw materials) with polymer composite materials (PMC). These PMC, however, should also be recyclable, in order to be compliant with End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) regulations as well as low cost, in order to be mass produced. Currently, PMC are used only for luxury cars, and are not environmentally friendly, due to the significant productions of wastes during production and non-recyclability.

The solution (technology)

C2CC will employ new basalt derived mineral fibres (BDMF) which are fully recyclable. They will be associated with innovative bio-mass derived thermo-set resins to produce Basalt-PMC (B-PMC) that can be chemically “cleaved” to recovery both a polymer (which will be used for producing automotive internal parts) and the fibres (which will be re-employed for the original components). The project will bring this solution on the verge of being mass produced and will assess all environmental benefits of the new solution, particularly lower energy use and lower C-emissions.

Partnership

  • Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA), Italy (Lead Partner)
  • AM Composites, Italy
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (CRF – C.R.F.), Italy
  • Fundacion GAIKER, Spain
  • GS4C srl, Italy
  • Hijos de A. Ferrer Dalmau, S.A., Spain
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
Substitution

CaproKIC: Upscaling of one step process for automotive continuous fiber Polyamide 6 composite parts based on the in situ polymerization of e-caprolactam

 

Project duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018

 

Objective

Continuous fiber reinforced plastic can achieve weight reductions of 60% compare with steel but its introduction in the automotive sector remains limited to niche luxury and premium concepts (small series) due mainly to the cycle times, the production costs and the price of raw materials.

The project intent to address this problem scaling to a medium-high volume automobile condition a technology for processing thermoplastic structural composites that has shown its capability to manufacture the automotive structural part with lower costs.
Besides the cost issue, the recyclability is the other big limitation for the use of continuous fiber reinforced plastic: thermoplastics offers this advantage together with high impact resistant and good weldability.

The solution (technology)

Development of a new process for composite continuous fiber composites manufacturing based on the in situ polymerization process of ε-caprolactame to obtain continuous reinforced APA6 parts.

  • A preindustrial equipment (TRL 7) based on an existing industrial solution (RTM or injection) with the modifications required for AP6 in situ polymerization (mixing head, dosing system, …) that were already tested in TECNALIA laboratory prototype (TRL 5) and the automatization necessary to achieve a cycle time of minutes;
  • Raw materials (Fibers, sizing, additive and binders) optimized for AP6 matrix in term of behavior and cost;
  • Process parameters optimized for one industrial case (selected between 3 business cases: bumper beam, subframe or brake pedal);
  • Mold for the selected industrial case with a cooling and heating system that allow cycle time of 3 min;
  • Industrial case validated under automotive performance conditions that will depend on the case selected but it will include: dimensional stability, resistance test, crash test,…;
  • Final estimation of the deployment and implementation of a production line for the industrial case selected including inversion (equipment cost) and other production cost and the final cost of the component.

Partnership