Chromium, Niobium, Molybdenum and Vanadium are of strategic importance for the competitiveness of the European economy. But Europe is highly dependent on import for these metals, leading to an inflexible and insecure supply. At the same time, a wealth of such metals is entrapped in industrial wastes, or in applications where their value is not fully utilized. Finding a better way to recover and reuse these resources is the focus of the CHROMIC project.
On 21st November, CHROMIC will participate in the satellite event of the Raw Materials Week 2019 named “How to define the impact of new technologies? A workshop on Sustainability assessment”. The workshop will gather a broad cluster of EU H2020 projects such as METGROW+(https://metgrowplus.eu/), NEMO(https://h2020-nemo.eu/) and CHROMIC itself, to discuss important issues regarding the economic sustainability and the beneficial impacts for the environment and for the whole society of the processes that are being developed to recover and valorize raw materials.
The CHROMIC project aims to develop new processes to recover chromium, vanadium, molybdenum and niobium from industrial waste, through smart combinations and new technological innovations.
This will help reduce the CO2 emissions of metal production and reduce the environmental impact of its wastes. CHROMIC will contribute to sustainable materials management by recovering resources from waste and avoiding primary extraction. The result will be a a “circular economy”, which turns what is now waste into products with a high market value
CHROMIC is an inclusive project, that will seek citizens and communities contribution in designing its technologies
The project involves 5 research centers, 5 industrial partners (4SMEs and 1 large company) and 1 university from 5 different EU countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Slovakia and Italy). All partners have a long experience in participation and coordination in/of European Commission funded and national projects. Belgium-based research center VITO acts as the project coordinator.
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