HydroMetEC international seminar 5-6 November 2020

PLATIRUS consortium is taking part in the International seminar HydroMetEC organized by the lifelong learning program within EIT Raw Materials academy. The event will take place on 5-6 November and will be hosted by Luleå University of Technology in Luleå, Sweden.

Guillermo Pozo from Tecnalia will present the project and consortium activities on the following topic: Recovering PGMs from secondary resources in EU using innovative low cost and environmentally friendly technologies.

Platinum Group metals (PGMs) are classified by the European Commission since 2011 as Critical Raw Materials that are very essential for the European economy but are at high supply risk. PGMs are mainly used in autocatalysts to cut dangerous NOx and SOx emissions and are also used in wide range of industrial applications for which there are often no substitutes. The PLATIRUS project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, has developed innovative cost effective, environmentally friendly, and compact technologies to recover PGMs from secondary resources in the EU.

A detailed programme of the event and a book of abstracts could be find here:

Sessions during the seminar:

  • Primary raw materials processing
  • Recycling
  • Industrial waste valorization 
  • Environment and Safety

HydroMetEC is a lifelong learning program organized within EIT Raw Materials academy, coordinated by NTNU. It will educate engineers from industry, scientist at RTOs, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students about hydrometallurgy. Employees from mining, metallurgical, recycling and chemical industry are welcome to attend the project events about primary and secondary raw materials and their treatments in hydrometallurgical processes. Hydrometallurgical processes have become more important in recent years to extract and recycle various metals from different sources and in establishing circular economy to address the environmental challenges in different sectors.

HydroMetEC will provide innovative professional training courses by applying digital approaches and tools, organizing international seminars, as well as building a European network in the field. These will consolidate the EIT portfolio in EIT-labelled activities. HydroMetEC organizes three events every year where the project partners are located.

  • An introductory course providing fundamental knowledge about hydrometallurgical processes and typical process units for metal extraction, and case examples focusing on units used in Europe.
  • An advanced course which is mainly related to the important and advanced processes for the industrial applications. The course includes challenges that the industry is facing as e.g. changed raw material quality including the effect of impurities building up in the system, waste streams not possible to use presently as well as methodologies to meet environmental requirements.
  • International seminars focusing on hydrometallurgical processing of primary raw materials, critical material extraction, metal recovery from secondary resources, sustainability as well as the value chain of metal production and supply (resources, market, societal impact – energy consumption and environmental footprint). The locations of the planned international seminars are shown below.

For more information and registration, click here: https://www.ntnu.edu/metpro/hydrometec

Source: HydroMetEC International seminar