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).