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IDENER: "We have the opportunity to demonstrate to society that the production of metals in a sustainable way is possible"

February 20, 2024

What is the role of IDENER, the coordinator of METALLICO, in the project? What are the next steps for the project, and what is so special about it? We talked with María Gonzalez-Moya Jimenez and Ana Lara Quijano from IDENER.

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LARCO: Future Trends in World Nickel Production and Consumption

February 20, 2024

In the last years, the increasing demand for nickel resulted in an enormouse increase in its production. Read this article from LARCO to learn more about future trends for the production and consumption of nickel.

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CETAQUA: Building Connections for Lithium Supply

February 20, 2024

To identify potential lithium resources beyond Europe for the project, CETAQUA Chile and CETAQUA Barcelona have actively engaged in events linked to the recovery of mining resources during the summer 2023. Read more about these events and CETAQUA's role in the project.

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Tharsis Mining: Contributing to a circular economy through revalorization of mining waste

February 20, 2024

In a world where the development of an environmentally friendly and sustainable economic system has become increasingly important in recent decades, waste reuse is one of the key points to achieve this goal. For that purpose, Tharsis Mining has carried out a physical and chemical characterization of mine waste.

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Meet the Partners: LARCO

January 24, 2024

In METALLICO, LARCO provides the other partners with laterites and rotary kiln. With that, they are able to investigate the possibility to extract nickel and cobalt or other possible elements in a suitable form for the construction of batteries. Further, they are participating in the development of digital tools. Read in the interview what other tasks they have and why they think METALLICO is so important.

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Meet the Partners:  CETAQUA

January 17, 2024

Together with other METALLICO partners, CETAQUA is involved in the laboratory-scale testing and pilot-scale testing for both the TAILCO and PURGES processes. Additionally, they operate the pilot-scale process for the COOL+ process. But that is not all! What else do they work on and what are their next steps? Read more in the interview!

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M12 Meeting in Barcelona

January 12, 2024

It's almost one year since we first met for the kick-off meeting of METALLICO. In this year, a lot has happened. on 13 and 14 December, 2023, we met in Barcelona at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya to present the work done so far and to discuss the next steps.

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Meet the Partners: Cemetos La Cruz

October 10, 2023

In METALLICO, Cementos La Cruz will validate the use of lithium carbonate and the mining waste valorization in the cement industry. Read more about how they will use mining waste and lithium carbonate to develop new cementitious materials with a low carbon footprint in our interview!


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Meet the Partners: G.E.O.S. Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH

September 21, 2023

G.E.O.S. accompanies the optimisation of the COOL+ Process which is developed to hydrometallurgically extract lithium from ores. Read the interview to learn more about this task, how METALLICO helps to replace a "not in my backyard" mindset with increased raw material awareness in the public and why this is so important for the European Union's goals for a transition to a green and digital world.


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Meet the Partners: Fraunhofer IKTS

September 13, 2023

The task of Fraunhofer IKTS in METALLICO is to validate the COOL+ process, one of the five processes developed and optimized in the project. The aim of the process is not only to recover lithium, but also to produce geopolymers from the solid residue that can be used as sustainable construction material. How are they going to reach their goals? Read the whole interview!


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Meet the Partners: At Clave

September 4, 2023

In METALLICO, At Clave is responsible for the project's stakeholder engagement, social participation and networking activities. They are also in charge of improving governance instruments. To reach their aims, At Clave will combine different activities and create innovative tools for public awareness creation and participation. Read the whole interview to find out more about their work and why they think it is so important that METALLICO also considers social implications.


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Meet the Partners: Łukasiewicz-IMN 

August 10, 2023

The main task of Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals  (Łukasiewicz-IMN) is to prepare the upscaling of the CONI process to valorise secondary resources from lead (Pb) hydrometallurgical processes. They are also working on the construction, start-up, and operation of the pilot plant for the CONI process. Find out what other tasks they have, what their goals are, and why they think METALLICO is so important.


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Meet the Partners: VTT

August 3, 2023

VTT, a research institution owned by the finnish state, will take part in optimizing and upscaling the hydrometallurgical process steps for the COMAN process, in which critical metals such as cobalt and manganese will be recovered from mine tailings. Learn more about the tasks and goals of VTT in the interview!


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Meet the Partners: Cobres Las Cruces

July 27, 2023

Cobre Las Cruces, the mining-hydrometallurgical complex located in Seville province (Spain), is mainly involved in the TAILCO process which is devoted to recover cobalt from copper hydrometallurgical industry tailings treatment. One of their tasks is to develop a lab fine-tuning and an intermediate scale validation for the process. Read more about their work in the TAILCO process and why it is so important.

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Meet the Partners: IDENER

July 20, 2023

IDENER is the coordinator of the project and has several tasks: In addition to the overall project coordination, they are also modelling and optimising the processing stages of each case study and are responsible for the the engineering and digitalisation of processes. Read more about their tasks, aims and motives in the interview!

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