Removal or recovery of hazardous substances and contaminants from secondary raw materials
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• To develop and validate innovative selective metal recovery technologies (TRL 5-6), for example new low cost, selective and regenerable sorbent materials
• To perform upscaling experiments (TRL 5 - 6) validating the potential of the developed processes for industrial applications
• To reduce the environmental impact of the proposed processes by optimally closing material loops (e.g. solid residue valorisation, regeneration of sorbents…). Current landfilling of waste materials will be avoided.
• Technological challengesWithin the framework of the zero-waste approach, further restrictions are set by the need to maintain or even improve the quality of the residue material for further valorisation. This entails the need for highly selective metal recovery techniques that capture the metals without hampering the matrix from being re-used.
• Economical challenges The low concentrations of critical and by-product metals within the target streams make the economic viability of the developed process challenging. This can be achieved by the combination of highly efficient metal recovery and valorisation of the residual matrix. In fact, many of the targeted industrial residues are today an environmental threat because of the presence of metals within. Recovering these metals not only captures the intrinsic value, but also improves the matrix material quality up to a point where this can be reused as a raw material. As such, the associated treatment costs can be turned from a severe burden on industry and society into an economic and societal gain.
Previous EU experience:
EU research and innovation projects funded under the Horizon 2020 programme as well as other project through regionally and nationally funded schemes.