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Técnicas Reunidas will lead from its José Lladó Technology Centre the development of a research project of great strategic importance for Europe: the recovery of minerals and metals considered as critical raw materials (CPM), key for the technology sector and the ecological transition.
The European Commission has recently warned that the transition towards climate neutrality could transform the current dependence on fossil fuels into a dependence on metals.
The research will be undertaken by a consortium comprising five other Spanish companies (FCC Medio Ambiente, Apria Systems, IDP, IMA Magnets and Torrecid) with the scientific coordination of the Multisectoral Research Technology Centre (CETIM).
In addition, the project has three strategic partners (Áridos do Mendo, MAGNA and EDAR Bens) and the contribution of five research organisations (CETIM, Eurecat, IMdea Materiales, Tecnalia and the University of Cantabria).
Proof of the strategic importance attached to this initiative is that it has been incorporated into the Missions Programme of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) with the highest rating achieved by any proposal submitted to it since its creation in 2020.
Strategic materials for the ecological transition
Critical raw materials – rare earths, cobalt, nickel, manganese, phosphorus, etc. – are an essential resource for the development of the activities of technology companies and the manufacture of equipment for the ecological transition. Dependence on other countries entails a high risk of supply and acquisition cost, due to the growing international demand for these raw materials.
The MINETHIC project aims to recover these minerals – from various by-products and waste – with the necessary high levels of purity.
The consortium companies and their contributions
The companies participating in the consortium are the following:
The project, estimated to take 32 months to complete, has an initial budget of 5 million euros.