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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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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.

The EU Horizon 2020 Remaghic project on “New Recovery Processes to produce Rare Earth -Magnesium Alloys of High Performance and Low Cost” has come to an end. The key results obtained in this Innovation Action project are summarised by Blanca Araujo Perez (CIDAUT, Spain) and Dr. Federica Forte (KU Leuven, Belgium) in a high-profile interview in the Journal Impact. Impact is a series of leading, high-quality science reports that  enables the communication of research impact in a format and language that diverse stakeholders will understand.  (PTJ, 24/10/2018)

Read the interview about Remaghic

Image Remaghic in Impact JournalThe Remaghic project, the work of a consortium of leading universities, research institutions and private companies, seeks to develop new recovery processes to produce high-performance, low-cost rare earth-magnesium alloys. In this interview you can read about the main results obtained in this 3-year project. You can download the interview here.

About Remaghic

Remaghic is a 3-year EU Horizon 2020 project focused on the development of new Mg-REEs alloys of improved mechanical properties and reduced price. In WP1, new techniques have been developed for the recovery of REEs (Y, La and Ce) from several waste streams (namely lamp phosphors, CRT phosphors and NiMH batteries).

These techniques are based on low-mid temperature processes (HydroWEEE process, iono- and solvometallurgical methods) and high-temperature processes (roasting and pyrometallurgical methods). New processes have been also developed for the recycling of magnesium from scrap and scum within WP2.

The achieved results fed WP3, focused on the alloying process between Mg and REEs, while WP4 targeted the industrial scaling to ensure that the methodologies developed in the previous WPs can be used to produce industrially viable quantities of materials.

Finally, a detailed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study was  performed in WP5 in order to determine the most cost-effective option for recovering and alloying magnesium and REEs and to quantify the economic and environmental benefits of the overall process. The project will contribute to reduce the dependency of the supply of critical elements (REEs and Mg) on sources exterior to the EU and to partially mitigate the Balance Problem, by offering new applications for those REEs which are usually stockpiled (such as La and Ce).

Biographies

Blanca Araujo is a senior industrial engineer and a Lean Project Manager. Blanca has more than 10 years of experience in material modelling and simulation. In the last eight years she has worked as project and innovation manager. She has worked in product design and component development for several OEMs and Tier1 within the transport industry. As Project Manager, she has managed research and development projects related to material development, manufacturing and product development projects. She is Remaghic project coordinator.

Photo Federica ForteFederica Forte is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at KU Leuven, Belgium. Her main interests are in the field of hydrometallurgy, ionometallurgy and solvometallurgy. In particular, she has been involved in the development and optimisation of critical raw material (CRM) recovery processes from several types of residues such as fly ash, WEEE and metallurgical slags.

Acknowledgements
The Remaghic project has been supported by funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement number 689629.

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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, […]

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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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  • 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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    Prof. Koen Binnemans was given the LeCoq de Boisbaudran award for his “outstanding and long-lasting contribution” in the field of rare earth recycling. The prize was awarded at ICfE-10 (Sep’ 3–6, 2018) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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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