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.
Remember the old arcade games from the 80s? No fancy hyper-realistic graphics, no third dimension. Nonetheless, in just a few pixels, you could live the most amazing adventures: Rescue abducted princesses, save Earth from alien invasions, flying spaceships through asteroids and… eat a lot of fruit while staying away from indigestible ghosts.
Yes, that was Pacman’s thing. The yellow pal was on a mission to seek and collect all the pieces of fruit that were disseminated within a labyrinth, avoiding contact with the ghosts.
What does that have to do with solvent extraction? Regrettably, there are no arcades at CHROMIC facilities, yet Pacman’s lifestyle comes in handy to describe the object of this Getting to Know, as we’ll see in a moment.
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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