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.

21st-23rd February 2017 – Third Progress Meeting Barcelona

Following the progress meeting in Chania (September 2016), the third METGROW+ meeting was held in Barcelona, Spain (February 21-23, 2017).

WP_20170223_10_55_01_Pro_ABDuring the WP meeting the first results were presented concerning the preprocessing, pyro-, hydro-, solvo-, electro-, iono- and biohydrometallurgical technologies to valorise the four generic resources. The development of the METGROW+ toolbox methodology was presented. Key attention also went out to the METGROW+ exploitation strategy and the principles of Open Access (detailed presentation can be found here).

Concurrently, in Barcelona the official METGROW+ Advisory Board was officially kick-started. Dr. Justin Salminen (Research Manager, Boliden, pictured on the left) and Prof. Anthimos Xenidis (CEO LARCO, pictured on the right) provided a thorough feedback on the project progress. Corina Hebestreit (Director of Euromines), the 3rd AB Member, was excused for the meeting. The main message from the AB Members was to not underestimate the challenges when integrating the distinct metallurgical unit operations into workable flow sheets for the specific waste materials and the low-grade laterites.

metgrow_barcelona_meeting_feb_2017This advice was taken firmly on board as the Third Progress Meeting also involved an extensive workshop on February 23, 2017, in which the technology combinations were discussed in depth. This was done per generic resource family, in order to develop feasible, cost-effective flow sheets per material. From now on METGROW+ will include Working Groups per generic resource family, integrating unit operations, transversally, along the Work Packages.

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.

16th February 2016 – METGROW+ Kick off meeting in Helsinki (Finland)

The MetGROW+ consortium has met in Helsinki in order to kick off the project. Partners discussed main technical issues through the presentation of the activities in each WP. Administrative and financial aspects were covered by the coordinator VTT and the External experts Advisory Board was elected. Work to be done during the project first semester was scheduled and discussions about the sources to be treated in the project and their provision were maintained as well. Finally, a special slot in the agenda was reserved for technical discussions between participants of each WP.