First of a kind commercial compact system for the efficient recovery of cobalt designed with novel integrated leading technologies.
Due to the rapid growth of electric mobility, demand for cobalt will increase significantly. Currently, 65% of the world’s cobalt production takes place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has led the EC to define cobalt as a highly critical metal. The creation of an EU value chain for primary production and the recovery of cobalt is therefore of strategic importance. The European project EU H2020 CROCoDILE will implement an innovative metallurgical system, based on advanced technologies of pyrometry, hydrogen, bio-ions and electrometallurgy, for the recovery of cobalt. CROCoDILE will demonstrate, through synergistic approaches and the integration of innovative metallurgical systems, the recovery of cobalt from primary and secondary sources existing in different locations in Europe, It will improve the efficiency of these processes, improve their economic and environmental values and provide a “zero waste” strategy for cobalt-rich flows such as batteries.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 820895