METGROW+ meetings organised by VITO and JMR in Hasselt, Belgium

METGROW+ meetings were organized 31/1-2/2/2018 by VITO and JMR in Hasselt, Belgium. First, the partners had the possibility to visit the industrial landfill site of Remo operated by the consortium partner JMR (Group Machiels). Chromium-rich samples from this site have been studied in the METGROW+ project. Further, the developed technological solutions for chromium-rich sludges will be validated at the Remo site. Daneel Geysen from Group Machiels gave an introduction to the mining activities of the region and he also explained, how Group Machiels handles the metal containing industrial residues.

As next, the partners visited VITO’s research facilities in Mol. Liesbeth Horckmans showed column experiments, which are used in the project to simulate heap leaching (left). Fero Kukurugya explained ways to process automotive shredder residues (right). Ruben Snellings has valorized solid residues to be used in construction materials (middle).

After the site visits to JMR and VITO, Christina Meskers from Umicore gave an inspirational presentation, how results from laboratory scale can be brought to industrial scale (left). In the flow sheet meetings, complete flow sheets were identified for different METGROW+ materials. The outcomes of the flow sheet meetings will also give input to the validation steps and METGROW+ toolbox development. Andrea di Anselmo from META Group held an exploitation seminar for the consortium and his advice related to exploitation were firmly taken on board (right).


METGROW+ was presented in the 4th PROMETIA Scientific Seminar

METGROW+ was presented by the Coordinator Päivi Kinnunen (VTT) in the 4th PROMETIA Scientific Seminar held on 28-29 November in Barcelona, Spain. The seminar focused on “Raw Materials Flexibility”, which is in the core of the METGROW+ concept. The METGROW+ toolbox and idea raised a lot of interest and resulted in interesting discussions during the event.

The presentation entitled “METGROW+ approach to flexible raw material production” is available here.


METGROW+ invited pupils from Messukylä school to learn about raw materials

Two groups of pupils from Messukylä primary school in Tampere visited VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to learn about the importance of raw materials and their production methods on 6th and 13th October 2017.These pupils have selected Science as their elective course lead by teacher Tuomas Hautaniemi.

The groups visited research laboratories and pilot halls in order to experience, how the research in raw materials sector is done in practice. Despite the young age, the pupils had already significant knowledge about renewable and non-renewable raw materials, and they made actively questions during the visits. According to teacher Tuomas Hautaniemi, raw materials and environmental issues such as recycling are included in the teaching program of primary schools in Finland and visits to local organizations can give more insight into the important topic.


METGROW+ WP3 progress and WP3-WP4 cooperation meetings were held in Espoo, Finland, 2nd-3rd May 2017

The two-day effort was given to the design of leaching and metal recovery technology combinations material by material. Building on the interactive feedback from participants, the result was a process map for METGROW+ materials. It includes existing metal extraction and recovery unit operations tailored for low-grade resources, as well as novel unit operations specifically designed for low-value materials. In addition, participants visited the laboratories and pilot facilities of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

20th-22nd September 2016 – First bi-annual meeting

The second face-to-face METGROW+ meeting was held in Chania, Crete, 20-22.9.2016, to discuss the project progress. The METGROW+ project has proceeded as foreseen with material sampling, deliveries and characterization.  The comminution, beneficiation and upgrading work has started for the METGROW+ materials, as well as leaching processes development. Methodologies, such as the goal and scope, system boundaries, functional unit, the tool to use for flow sheet modelling and the decision support framework were discussed. The first deliverables related to the ethics requirements, dissemination and material characterization have been delivered. After the Work Package and General Assembly meetings, partners also had the possibility to visit the laboratories of the Technical University of Crete with Professor Konstantinos Komnitsas.

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Left: METGROW+ partners at Technical University of Crete; Right: Prof. Konstantinos Komnitsas during the visit to Technical Univeristy of Crete facilities.