HYDROGEN-BASED
METAL RECOVERY
FROM WASTE

Objective

HARARE will demonstrate sustainable pathways to produce non-ferrous metals using hydrogen as an enabler, for removing waste and valourising materials in carbon free processes.

Impact

The metallurgical industry in the EU accounts for 70 million tonnes direct CO2 emissions annually (2017). Mitigating the CO2 footprint from the production is essential to ensure further licence to operate in Europe.

Moreover, the industry is highly dependent on imports. Less than 15% of metal input to the European process industry is supplied from domestic extraction.

Additionally, only 31% of the coking coal is sourced in Europe. The latter has been identified as a critical raw material.

The HARARE project address these two issues. Substituting carbon with hydrogen is one of the few ways metal production can become CO2-emissions free.

Also utilizing raw materials more efficiently, will simultaneously reduce Europe’s dependence on Critical raw materials.

HARARE will demonstrate sustainable pathways to produce non-ferrous metals using hydrogen as an enabler, for removing waste and valourising materials in carbon free processes.

Latest news

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    Best research paper award! Our PhD candidate Ganesh Pilla, received the “Best research paper award” at the International Conference on Aspects of Materials Science and Engineering ICAMSE 2022 conference in India, organized by Panjab University, India on 04th – 05th March 2022. Total 120 papers from more than 35 countries were published in Elsevier’s Materials Today: Proceedings. […]
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  • HARARE Kick-off
    The HARARE project successfully kicked off on June 7th, 2021 when the project partners came together for a virtual meeting. The event was hosted by SINTEF. The project is coordinated by Senior scientist Casper van der Eijk. During one long day, the partners reviewed the objectives of the project and planned actions to begin the […]

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