The European Commission has approved funding of €40m (£34m) for 14 new research projects to improve resource efficiency in the EU economy.
The projects include reusing discarded automobile tyres, recovering key elements from batteries, producing green fertiliser from animal waste and generating renewable clean energy from food and plant waste.
They will involve the collaboration of more than 140 partners from research organisations and private companies.
The commitment is included in the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and will involve partners from 19 European countries.
The projects will be kicked off at events in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday when the project co-ordinators will meet the European Commission to set the priorities and co-ordinate the work ahead.
The projects and co-ordinators include:
- ANAGENNISI (Innovative Reuse of All Tyre Components in Concrete). EU budget contribution: €3.12m; Project co-ordinator: The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
- COLABATS (Cobalt and lanthanide recovery from batteries) EU budget contribution: €3.59m; Project co-ordinator: C-Tech Innovation Limited, Chester, United Kingdom.
- ILLUMINATE (Automated Sorting and Recycling of Waste Lamps). EU budget contribution: €1.77m; Project co-ordinator: C-Tech Innovation Limited, Chester, United Kingdom.
- ManureEcoMine (Green fertilizer upcycling from manure: Technological, economic and environmental sustainability demonstration). EU budget contribution: €3.80m; Project co-ordinator: Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium
- PlasCarb (Innovative plasma based transformation of food waste into high value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen). EU budget contribution: €3.78m; Project co-ordinator: Centre for Process Innovation Limited, Redcar, United Kingdom)
- Recycal (High Shear Processing of Recycled Aluminium Scrap for Manufacturing High Performance Aluminium Alloys). EU budget contribution: €2.40m; Project co-ordinator: TWI Limited, Cambridge, United Kingdom
- REEcover (Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from magnetic waste in the WEEE recycling industry and tailings from the iron ore industry). EU budget contribution: €6.00m: Project co-ordinator: Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
- ShredderSort (Selective recovery of non-ferrous metal automotive shredder by combined electromagnetic tensor spectroscopy and laser-induced plasma spectroscopy). EU budget contribution: €3.38m; Project co-ordinator: Lenz Instruments SL, Cornellá de Llobregat, Spain