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EREAN is the FP7 Marie-Curie Initial Training Network Project that started on the 1st of September 2013. This European Rare Earth (Magnet) Recycling Network will train 15 young researchers in the science and technology of rare earths, with emphasis on the recycling of these elements from permanent magnets. An intensive intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration has been established in the EREAN consortium, which covers the full materials loop, from urban mine to magnet. By training the researchers in basic and applied rare-earth sciences, with emphasis on extraction and separation methods and rare-earth metallurgy, sustainable materials management, recycling methods, life cycle assessment (LCA), and the principles of urban mining, they will become the much needed "rare earthers" for employment in the growing European rare-earth industry.

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FP7 MC-ITN EREAN Presentations at ERES 2017

EREAN ESRs and Supervisors published a number of papers in the ERES 2017 Conference. Here below you can find the […]

EREAN ESRs and Supervisors published a number of papers in the ERES 2017 Conference. Here below you can find the titles of the EREAN papers/presentations.

  • Yongxiang YANG, REE Recovery from End-of-Life Permanent Magnet Scrap: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe
  • Aida ABBASALIZADEH, Seshadri SEETHARAMAN, Jilt SIETSMA and Yongxiang YANG, Electrochemical extraction of RE from REO using a novel reactive anode
  • Junhua XU, Efficient Recovery and Separation of Co, Nd and Dy from Ternary Solution Using Amorphous Zircomnium Phosphate and Nitric Acid
  • Sofía RIANO, Koen BINNEMANS, Recovery of Neodymium and Dysprosium from NdFeB Magnets using Ionic Liquid Technology
  • Prakash VENKATESAN, Electrochemical recycling of REEs from NdFeB magnet waste
  • Mehmet Ali Recai ÖNAL, Emir AKTAN, Chenna Rao BORRA, Muxing GUO, Bart BLANPAIN, Tom VAN GERVEN, Recycling of NdFeB Magnets with Nitration-Calcination-Water Leaching
  • Christian JÖNSSON, Extraction of Nd-Fe-B magnets from automotive rotors using hydrogen
  • Alexandru LIXANDRU, Iuliana POENARU, Konrad GÜTH, Roland GAUSS, Oliver GUTFLEISCH, Recycling of Nd-Fe-B scrap permanent magnets via hydrogen processing
  • Iuliana POENARU, Alexandru LIXANDRU, Konrad GÜTH, Roland GAUSS, Oliver GUTFLEISCH, Light rare-earths substitution in rapidly solidified Nd2Fe14B-based alloys for resource-efficient permanent magnets fabrication
  • Rita SCHULZE, Aida ABBASALIZADEH, Matthias BUCHERT, Estimating environmental impacts associated with a one-step recycling process to extract rare earths from end-of-life Nd-Fe-B magnets
  • Marino GERGORIC, ORGANIC PHASE OPTIMIZATION IN SOLVENT EXTRACTION OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS FROM NEODYMIUM MAGNET LEACHATES
  • Mikhail S. TYUMENTSEV, Development of polyamide solvent extraction reagents for trivalent lanthanides

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LATEST NEWS

New video released on first recyclable e-motor (EU DEMETER)

ETN DEMETER proudly presents the flagship product of this 4 year-project: the first recyclable e-motor based on recycled NdFeB magnets. Featuring two of the DEMETER Researchers, the video highlights the e-motor’s ecobenefits.

Three years after launching its widely praised and award-winning first video, the ETN DEMETER team now proudly presents a follow-up animated video in which the flagship product of this 4 year-project is revealed. Meet the DEMETER e-motor, the first recyclable e-motor (for a hybrid electric vehicle) based on recycled NdFeB magnets. Featuring two of the DEMETER Researchers, Pranshu Upadhayay (Valeo) and Gwendolyn Bailey (KU Leuven), the video highlights the e-motor’s ecobenefits with respect to traditional, fossil fuel-driven ICEVs (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles). The video sets the scene perfectly for the DEMETER Concluding Symposium (Leuven/Belgium, February 5-7, 2019) on rare-earth permanent-magnet motors and the e-mobility revolution. (Leuven, 22/1/2019)

DEMETER project

DEMETER is a EU Horizon 2020 European Training Network project that started in 2015 and which targeted the “Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles”. The 4-year project involves 15 young researchers, who collectively worked on developing a fully recyclable e-motor, which would also use recycled permanent magnets.

Award-winning video in 2016

Gwen Bailey winning the MSCA-ETN award for disseminationIn 2016 the DEMETER team launched a first animated video, in collaboration with the Belgian company Storyrunner. The video, featuring the DEMETER researcher Gwendolyn Bailey, explained the motivation behind the DEMETER project and the targeted goals.

The video was widely praised and won several prizes for excellent science dissemination. For instance, during the JRC EU4FACTS conference the ETN DEMETER video was awarded as an example on how science can contribute to evidence based policy making, sending out a clear example on what the project objectives are and how it relates to the broader international context.

New video on the DEMETER e-motor

Snapshot from the second ETN DEMETER videoAs the project is slowly reaching its final months, the ETN DEMETER team has produced a follow-up video, in which the flagship product of the project is revealed. The new video demonstrates the DEMETER e-motor, the first fully recyclable e-motor (for a hybrid electric vehicle) based on recycled NdFeB magnets.

Featuring two of the DEMETER Researchers, Pranshu Upadhayay (Valeo) and – once more -  Gwendolyn Bailey (KU Leuven), the video highlights the e-motor’s environmental benefits with respect to traditional, fossil fuel-driven ICEVs (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles).

Concluding DEMETER Symposium

The video perfectly sets the scene for the DEMETER Concluding Symposium in Leuven (Belgium), on February 5-7, 2019. The DEMETER Symposium features a high-quality, “beyond-science-only” programme on rare-earth permanent-magnet motors and the e-mobility revolution. The 3-day Symposium provides the floor to invited international experts from industry, academia and the European Commission, as well as the early-stage researchers from the ETN DEMETER project who will present their final results. The Symposium includes two exciting panel discussions, which will stimulate a wider societal debate about the transition to a low-carbon mobility system, the requirement of critical metals (incl. rare earths), as well as the geopolitical aspects of rare earth sourcing. The Symposium is a co-organisation of DEMETER, SIM² KU Leuven and GloREIA. At this moment (22-1-2019) there are still 20 seats available. Registration for this Symposium can be done here.

Watch the new DEMETER video here

Key visual DEMETER Concluding Sympôsium

RARE EARTHS IN THE PRESS

NOLANS GRANTED MAJOR PROJECT STATUS

The Nolans rare earths project, in the Northern Territory, Australia, has been granted major project status by the Australian government, […]

Nolans arafura

The Nolans rare earths project, in the Northern Territory, Australia, has been granted major project status by the Australian government, providing the project with a tailored facilitation service to support a timely and efficient approvals process.

Owner Arafura Resources said that the major project status would assist with the coordination of all relevant Australian and Northern Territory government processes, so they could occur simultaneously and without delay.

Arafura is hoping to start production at Nolans in 2019, with production targeted at 20 000 t/y of rare earth oxide equivalent.

Arafura in June identified a number of improvements to the existing project structure, which are expected to deliver a more competitive and efficient project, with greater capacity to withstand cyclical downturns in rare earths prices.

These studies, targeting preferred phosphate-rich material types in the project’s resource, would deliver an optimal plant feed and throughput that resulted in an adjustment to planned yearly rare earths output to 14 000 t of total rare earth oxides over the more than 20-year operational life of the project.

Identified improvements also included planned yearly output of 110 000 t of a merchant-grade phosphoric acid product, which would be sold to the fertiliser industry.

Read more at Mining Weekly

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05-02-19 to 07-02-19 ETN DEMETER CONCLUDING SYMPOSIUM

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  • FP7 MC-ITN EREAN Presentations at ERES 2017

    EREAN ESRs and Supervisors published a number of papers in the ERES 2017 Conference. Here below you can find the […]

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  • Military Applications of the REEs in the United States

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) uses rare earths in a number of military technologies and is dependent on their availability. […]

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  • The magic of printable magnets

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  • Will permanent-magnet motors be replaced by induced motors without rare earth elements in the future?

    The alternative motor without rare-earth minerals was developed by Toyota Motor, If this motor can be produced in large amount, […]

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    Ever since magnetism was discovered thousands of years ago, people have been fascinated by it. And of course we are, […]

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News

  • New video released on first recyclable e-motor (EU DEMETER)

    ETN DEMETER proudly presents the flagship product of this 4 year-project: the first recyclable e-motor based on recycled NdFeB magnets. Featuring two of the DEMETER Researchers, the video highlights the e-motor’s ecobenefits.

    ... read more
  • Reclaiming the treasure hidden in old CRT monitors and TVs

    Within the EU H2020 REMAGHIC project, a process was developed by KU Leuven & TECNALIA to recover rare earths from CRT phosphor waste based on roasting and leaching with the green solvents acetic acid and methanesulphonic acid.

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  • New Mg–REEs alloys developed within the EU Remaghic project

    Within the EU Remaghic project, new REEs and Mg recovery processes have been developed from a selection of waste streams in order to produce new low cost competitive alloys for the automotive, biomedical and aeronautic industry.

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  • Register for the DEMETER Closing Symposium (5-7 Feb’ 2019)

    ETN DEMETER (Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles) organises the DEMETER Closing Symposium in Feb’ 2019 (together with SIM² KU Leuven, GloREIA and Valeo).

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  • EU “Raw Materials Week” 2018

    Following the success of the Raw Materials Week 2017, the 3rd edition of the EU “Raw Materials Week”, organised by the European Commission, will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November 2018 in Brussels.

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  • NOLANS GRANTED MAJOR PROJECT STATUS

    The Nolans rare earths project, in the Northern Territory, Australia, has been granted major project status by the Australian government, […]

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  • ENGINEERS CREATE ROOM-TEMPERATURE MULTIFERROIC MATERIAL

    The magnetoelectric multiferroic. The double strand of purple represents the extra layer of iron oxide, which makes the material a […]

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  • MAGNET MAKERS FIGHT FOR SUPREMACY IN THE COMING ELECTRIC-CAR ERA

    This motor, developed jointly by Honda Motor and Daido Electronics, incorporates magnets containing no rare earths. Honda Motor and Daido […]

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  • CHEMISTS DEVISE REVOLUTIONARY 3-D BONE-SCANNING TECHNIQUE

    Microscopy of Microdamaged Bovine Bone Structure. Source: Cell Chemists from Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with RCSI, have devised a […]

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  • NIOCORP COMPLETES FIVE PILOT PLANT RUNS AS PART OF ITS FEASIBILITY STUDY

    NioCorp announced last September the successful conclusion of five metallurgical pilot plant runs that have tested the Company’s Scandium, Niobium, […]

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement No 607411