Where to?

What does VALOMAG intent to bring to the table?

The VALOMAG project is working toward demonstrating and up-scaling the dismantling process for permanent magnets from End-of-Life products as hard disk drives, electrical drives and wind turbine generators.

To material availability

  • By a technology to separate permanent magnets from different waste sources, based on a technology already at pilot level developed by BRGM in the EXTRADE project
  • By implementing a new dismantling process line with magnet recycling
  • By proving the proposed technology for manufacturing (sintering and bonding) magnets at pilot scale and industrial scale
  • By obtaining REE oxides that can be subsequently used in different components or enter in a chemical process to separate the REE from oxides.
  • By recovering more than 98% of permanent magnets from treated devices

To viability

  • By optimizing the operational conditions of each unitary operation in order to lower operating costs

To responsibility

  • By combining LCA insights with the process integration with flowsheet simulation. This provides direct feedback to partners operating the pilot-plant facilities, and provides suggestions for improving the environmental performance of the novel technologies developed in VALOMAG

To a resilient strategy

  • By assessing the impact of VALOMAG on Europe’s dependence on light and heavy rare earths after the successful completion of the project, as well as the added benefit of secure supply

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