SecREEts project aims at establishing a stable and secure supply of critical rare earth elements based on a sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production.
Pilot processes will be developed for the innovative extraction, separation and transformation of rare earth elements that will be supplied to application areas like automotive (electric vehicles), industrial motors (advanced manufacturing) and, potentially, clean energies (wind turbines).
Quantis will evaluate the environmental and cost performance of the investigated novel Rare Earth Elements value chain, compared to compared to reference conventional technologies, by means of life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC).
Timeline: 2018-2022 (48 months)
Coordinator: SINTEF AS
Topic: SC5-14-2016-2017 – Raw materials Innovation actions
Key industrial partners: Yara International ASA, Less Common Metals Limited, REEtech AS, Vacuumschmelze GHBH & CO KG