A word from the coordinator
The PLATIRUS project has now reached the two-year mark (M24). The project is running up to its speed.
In M24 a meeting was held that mainly focused on the preselection of technologies for PGM recovery from autocatalysts. The selected technologies are MW assisted leaching (partner VITO), split-anion extraction for separation of PGMs (partner KUL) and Gas Diffusion Electrocrystallisation (partner VITO), for recovery of Pd, Pt and Rh metals. Those selected processes have patent applications in preparation.
In the next 6 months, the mass balance data will be provided by selected processes to WP6 – industrial validation and also the optimized conditions will be applied to other waste streams such as WEEE and slags. Other non-selected technologies (TECNALIA and VUT processes) will be further optimized until M30 of the project. In M30, LCA and LCI will be further applied in order to see the each processes’ profits. Finally, in the next 6 months, dissemination and communication activities will be strongly focused on publications, media-sharing and stakeholder outreach.