logo_rare_grootResearch Platform for the Advanced Recycling and Reuse of Rare Earths (RARE³)

RARE³ is the KU Leuven funded Knowledge Platform on the recycling of Rare Earths and other critical metals. The scientific objectives of RARE³ are:

  • To selectively extract REEs or remove exogens from permanent magnets and lamp phosphors by ultrasound-assisted leaching in non-aqueous solvents, and to recover REEs from non-aqueous leachates
  • To apply ionic liquid technology to the extraction and recovery of rare earths
  • To convert rare-earth oxides into metals or alloys by direct electrochemical reduction
  • To carry out a consequential life cycle analysis (LCA) for the recycling of rare earths in magnets and lamp phosphor. To analyse the impact of China’s REE monopoly on a macro-economic level and a global environmental level and as a decision tool for which recovery routes need to be chosen;
  • To investigate the influence of REE recycling on the balance problem of the REE markets.

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EU-level

neohire_logoEU Horizon 2020 NEOHIRE

Reduce the use of rare earth elements (REE), and Co and Ga (CRM), in the permanent magnets used in wind turbine generators NEOHIRE main objective is to reduce the use of rare earth elements (REE), and Co and Ga (CRM), in the permanent magnets used in wind turbine generators (WTG). This objective is mainly achieved through the development of: a) new concept of bonded NdFeB magnet able to... more

logo-platirusEU Horizon 2020 PLATIRUS

PMGs Recovery using Secondary Raw Materials The PLATIRUS project, funded by the EU in the frame of Horizon 2020 TOPIC SC5-13-2016 grant agreement number 730224, aims at reducing the European deficit of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), by upscaling to industrial relevant levels a novel cost-efficient and miniaturised PGMs recovery and raw material production process. The targeted secondary raw... more

met-grow-plusEU H2020 METGROW+

METGROW+ will address and solve bottlenecks in the European raw materials supply by developing innovative metallurgical technologies for unlocking the use of potential domestic raw materials. The METGROW+ consortium has received an EIP RM Commitment status. The consortium is supported by internationally respected research institutes and universities. Many of the partners (9) are members of EIT... more

Solcrimet_logo_bc-01EU H2020 Advanced ERC Grant SOLCRIMET

Solvometallurgy for Critical Metals The recent “rare-earth crisis” has brought about the widespread realisation that the long-term availability and cost stability of many materials – not just the rare earths – can no longer be guaranteed. Increasing the levels of critical metal recycling from pre-consumer, manufacturing waste and complex, multicomponent end-of-life consumer products is... more

remaghicEU H2020 REMAGHIC

Abstract: REMAGHIC is focused on contributing to Europe’s rare earth recovery and magnesium recycling technologies, improving the efficiencies of these processes and advancing the technology readiness levels for a new generation of industrial processes that will produce new low cost competitive alloys for a wide variety of sectors across Europe’s manufacturing value chain. The project... more

demeterMSCA-ETN Logo7EU H2020 MSCA-ETN DEMETER – Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles

Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles ((H)EVs) are essential for the transition towards sustainable e-mobility. The permanent magnets in motors/generators of (H)EVs are either NdFeB or SmCo magnets, which contain large quantities of rare earths, which are critical metals with the highest supply risk for Europe. As highlighted by the European Rare Earths Competency Network, recycling of rare-earth... more

EREAN-MC-WBGEU FP7 MC-ITN EREAN – European Rare Earth Magnet Recycling Network

Website: EU FP7 EREAN MC-ITN Because China dominates the rare-earth market and is reducing its export quota, there is a very high supply risk for rare earths in Europe. To tackle this rare-earth crisis, Europe needs to invest in primary mining, substitution and, in particular, urban mining/recycling. To date, less than 1% of the rare earths are being recycled, due to, amongst others, a lack of... more

eurare_logoEU FP7 EURARE – Development of a sustainable exploitation scheme for Europe’s Rare Earth ore deposits

Website: EU FP EURARE The main goal of the EURARE project is to set the basis for the development of a European Rare Earth Element (REE) industry. It will safeguard the uninterrupted supply of REE raw materials and products crucial for sectors of the EU economy (including automotive, electronics, machinery and chemicals) in a sustainable, economically viable and environmentally friendly... more

rawmatEIT Raw Materials

EIT Raw Materials was designated as an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) by the EIT Governing Board on 09 December 2014. The below provides some information about the challenges the KIC will address in the field of raw materials (sustainable exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution) and the impact it will generate. Goals and impact EIT Raw Materials has the... more

Flemish & KU Leuven level