On 21-23 February IDP organized the third working meeting of the METGROW+ project in Barcelona, which was attended by about 40 research technicians from different specialties.
The Metgrow+ European project is framed in the program of research and development Horizon 2020 for new metallurgical systems (SC5-11E) which aims to develop new innovative metallurgical technologies to allow flexible, rentable and sustainable designs for the metal valorization in low law from raw materials and secondary resources.
Has a US$ 8.7 million budget and it is coordinated by the Finish Tutkimuskeskus Teknologian VTT and counts with the participation of companies, research centers and international universities from Belgium, Spain, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Poland and France. At this project IDP takes part leading the waste mineral valorization works package.
During the first year of the project’s follow-up the Consortium has tested low-grade metal pretreatment and extraction techniques from land and landfills. IDP, along with companies of the sector, will establish during the following project years the possibilities of valorization of the resulting residual materials as a binder for different production processes. Among the works to be developed is the writing of business plans and benchmarking for the different techniques studied.
IDP reinforces its R&D line by developing in recent years several research projects financed by the EU, such as the IPAN-Innovate Popular Low Density Structural Panel project, the DOF-District of the Future project and the Hermes projects, also financed by the Horizon 2020 Project.