Title: EU FP7 EREAN training network offers (c)lean recycling solutions for rare-earth magnets
Other Titles: EU FP7 MC-ITN EREAN Policy Brief 1
Authors: Binnemans, Koen
Jones, Peter Tom
Issue Date: 1-May-2015
Abstract: EREAN is the European Rare Earth Magnet Recycling Network which started its activities in September 2013. It trains 15
young researchers in the direct and indirect recycling of NdFeB permanent magnets. The innovative aspect of the EREAN project is that it addresses the whole materials loop from End-of-Life consumer goods to recycling and the production of new REE magnets, with an integrated life cycle assessment. As is highlighted by the European Rare Earths
Competency Network (ERECON), recycling of REE permanent magnets should receive top priority. The automotive sector is likely to become the main consumer of REE magnets in
Europe, as it moves towards more Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Full Electric Vehicles (EVs). These magnets also contain dysprosium, arguably the most critical REE. Direct recycling routes (alloy reproceing) can offer a cost-effective strategy for recycling REE magnets. In the case where direct recycling of permanent magnets is not possible, novel indirect recycling routes can offer solutions. Indirect recycling routes can also be used
for dealing with other REE-containing industrial process residues. Further research into leaching, precipitation, solvent extraction and electrochemistry could give the EU a competitive advantage in this area.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: DI
Appears in Collections:Molecular Design and Synthesis
Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling

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