Researchers from all over Europe and South Africa meet at CETIM to start the project H2020 BIORECOVER
Today, the Project Adviser – Raw Materials of the European Commission, Susana Xará, also participated.
After this first meeting at the CETIM facilities, the next step is to start working on this strategic environmental project for the EU.
Culleredo, June 27, 2019. Researchers and technicians from universities, research centres and leading companies throughout Europe and South Africa meet for three days and until tomorrow at CETIM Technological Centre headquarters to attend the kick-off meeting of the H2020 project BIORECOVER. In this work meeting, Susana Xará, Project Adviser – Raw Materials of the European Commission, also participated during the day.
In addition to the researchers of the CETIM Technological Centre, representatives of the company Mytilineos Anonimi Etairia – Omilos Epicheiriseon (Greece); from the Kobenhavns Universitet – the University of Copenhagen – (Denmark); from the University of Coimbra (Portugal); from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and University of Cape Town (South Africa); from the Linneuniversitetet (University of Linnaeus) of Sweden; of the Spanish companies Técnicas Reunidas, Algaenergy, Francisco Albero and Magnesitas Navarras; Johnson Matthey PLC (UK); and Vertech Group and LGI Consulting SARL (France). In total 23 first level researchers and technicians.
After this first meeting at the CETIM facilities, the next step is to start working on this strategic environmental project for the EU that also includes a dissemination and public awareness about the importance of the mining sector.
Milestone for CETIM
The award of the Horizon 2020 BIORECOVER to CETIM at the end of 2018 after a demanding selection by the European Commission was a milestone for the Galician technology centre that, for the first time, is a H2020 leader, assuming the coordination of this international initiative to four years.
The coordinated technological research from Spain will be based on biorecovery from different sources, from mining waste, alumina production, magnesite calcination, catalyst production to low grade minerals. The project has 6.3 M € of funding to investigate this innovative process in line with the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In addition to achieving “zero waste”, other priority objectives for the 15 partners are to ensure a secure, sustainable and affordable supply in key economic sectors on which 30 million jobs depend. Among others, are the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, construction, steel, refractory materials, renewable energy and even agriculture.