Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 30 June 2022


Nowadays, most ores and metals are imported to Europe, which, inherently, already constitutes a growing geopolitical concern. In the meantime a great deal of valuable industrial waste with high metallic content is also unused, diluted with other waste streams or dumped in landfills. However, most of the time, these wastes contain a mix of carbon/graphite, iron, silicon and valuable metals as manganese, copper and nickel, which could be valorized by the industry.

The solution (technology)

To allow greater reuse of these materials, speed up the recycling and extend activities related to the circular economy, this project aims to develop a new concept: the production of raw materials dedicated to foundries from wastes containing carbon/graphite, silicon and metals such as carbon, silicon and iron (CarSiFer). To transform waste into a useful metallurgical product for foundries, the project will be addressing several aspects ranging from the identification and collection of waste streams to the actual treatment of the material through briquetting, and finally deliveries to foundries for validation.


  • Recyclage et Valorisation Technique, Belgium (Lead Partner)
  • Centre de Recherches Métallurgiques asbl (CRM Group), Belgium
  • Eco’Ring, France
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer), Germany
  • SUEZ Groupe SAS, France