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Projet Refina

Publié le 19 février 2021
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Communiqué 19 février 2021

Refina project has just been launched and will last 36 months.A project funded by the Eramin network, involving researchers and industrials from Belgium, France and Czech republic.

Refina Project

Refina Project

Refina project has just been launched and will last 36 months.A project funded by the Eramin network, involving researchers and industrials from Belgium, France and Czech republic.
Lenka Svecova (EIP group at LEPMI), is in charge of  the project and responsible of WP3 and the other permanent researchers involved are Jonathan Deseure, Isabelle Billard and Nadine Commenges-Bernole. Mathilde Perrin, PhD student, has just arrived to join us in this project. One of the future Café Sciences will be dedicated to this project.

The project is on Youtube.

Waste-to-energy (WtE) is one of the leading technologies for mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment in Europe. WtE plants treat in Europe nearly 80 million tonnes of MSW per year and produce approximately 20 million tonnes of incineration bottom ash (IBA). The recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous metals from larger particles over 2-4 mm is common practice in many European countries. However, 30-40 % of IBA are particles below 2 mm often called the fine fraction, their annual European production is 6-8 mil. tonnes. The IBA fine fraction contains a significant amount of non-ferrous metals (1-2 % of Al, up to 1 % of Cu, and a small amount of other heavy non-ferrous metals consisting of precious metals, rare earth elements, etc.). Metals recovery from the IBA fine fraction is up to now very rare and it represents a wasted potential of about 70,000-140,000 t Al and up to 70,000 t Cu per year. Moreover, the IBA fine fraction cannot be used in the construction industry, except for road construction together with coarse fractions, because environmental quality does not meet the legal requirements mostly due to the elevated metal content and their leachability. The ReFina project is focused on the development of innovative methods for efficient treatment of the IBA fine fraction with respect to metals, particularly heavy non-ferrous metals, and minerals recovery. Various physical separation methods will be used as well as hydro-metallurgical processes for the exploitation of metals and metalloids, which is an innovative approach for complex treatment of IBA particles below 2 mm. The metal depleted mineral residue will be used as in the construction industry, particularly in autoclave aerated concrete. Hence, the ReFina project will contribute to the increasing rate of recycling and secondary raw materials utilization, mainly with respect to metal and mineral recovery.
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