RAWMINA EU-funded project
Start date: 1 May 2021 - End date: 31 October 2024
Integrated innovative pilot system for Critical Raw Materials recovery from mines wastes in a circular economy context
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION (Spain)
Used to produce a wide range of goods and applications, an unreliable supply of critical raw materials is a growing concern. Currently, the EU relies on the import of raw materials like Antimony, Cobalt and Germanium. In this context, the EU-funded RAWMINA project will develop an innovative pilot system for the clean and sustainable production of non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials in the EU from mine waste resources. Specifically, it will standardise an innovative energy, water- and cost-effective continuous pilot process for producing raw materials. It will also contribute to reducing production costs and environmental impacts.
RAWMINA will develop and demonstrate an innovative pilot system for the clean and sustainable production of non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (RMs) in the EU from Mine Waste (MW) resources. RAWMINA will implement and standardize an innovative energy, water- and cost-effective continuous pilot process for producing RMs. It will integrate novel bio-leaching and nano-based materials for Sb, Co, Ge and W selective recovery from MW from “unexploited/underexploited metal containing materials”. RAWMINA will improve EU competitiveness and create added value in RMs processing, refining and equipment manufacturing by developing a new circular business model as an alternative to traditional linear mining economy. RAWMINA will integrate different technologies that will be demonstrated (TRL7) with MW of diverse geological compositions from EU and non-EU mines demonstrating flexibility in processing of the innovative pilot system. The project will perform a techno-economic and sustainability assessment throughout the entire life cycle considering health, safety, socio-economic and environmental impacts; maximizing water/energy efficiency and waste/wastewater reduction. IP, exploitation and business plans will be developed ensuring market penetration, technology export and first exploitation plan. RAWMINA will transform MW into a resource, enabling marketable products recovery to be used in batteries, flame retardants, optical fibers and industrial tools. The project will create a CRM Recovery Helix to maximise clustering and will interact with local communities to gain EU citizens trust. It will increase resource efficiency and sustainability of EU industry, contributing to decrease EU CRM import dependency. Apart from sheltering the EU from possible shortages in CRM supply, the project will contribute to reduce production costs and environmental impacts, contributing to the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on RMs.