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.
What does a tasty cup of tea and a metal recovery plant have in common? Well in practice nothing, but in principle much more than one can expect. Fortunately, it’s not about the ingredients. Instead, the comparison has to do with the process through which one is able to extract a substance from a solid material that has come into contact with a liquid. The process is called leaching.
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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