Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2020
The solution (technology)
By aiming at the application of innovative concepts for an upscaling of an efficient and sustainable Tantalum recycling process and by considering implications for the required education of the workforce, project OpTaRec is in line with the overall EIT Raw Materials goal to support the European competitiveness of the raw materials industry. The project will enable a deeper understanding of secondary raw material resources to strengthen the supply of Tantalum for the European economy and will, therefore, serve the strategic KIC objective of “securing of raw materials supply”. Furthermore, OpTaRec is based on circular thinking, aiming at a reduction of material losses and stocks of unused materials along the entire process through recycling, and material chain optimization. Thus, the project is contributing to the strategic objective of “closing of material loops”. By combining the three major aspects of an efficient process (conditioning, automation and logistics), the project consortium is developing and deploying integrated solutions for an increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes from a systemic standpoint. Thus, OpTaRec will contribute to the competitiveness of the Raw Materials Sector in Europe through delivering a blueprint relevant to the basic product-oriented process industry in general and specifically for pyrometallurgical processes (e.g tin and steel industry).
- H.C. Starck GmbH, Germany (Lead Partner)
- Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
- Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
- Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, RWTH Aachen, Germany