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Recycling / recovery pilots
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Pilot 1
Halmstad, Sweden

Hosting partner
STENA Recycling
Techniques (Pilot)
Automated sorting of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) scrap & Hydrogen Processing of Magnetic Scrap (HPMS)
Planned capacity at maturity
6 tonnes per year of neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) powders

Pilot 2
Birmingham, UK

Hosting partner
University of Birmingham
Techniques (Pilot)
Disassembly of new forms of WEEE scrap & HPMS
Planned end of construction (Pilot)
Early 2021
Planned capacity at maturity
50 t/yr of NdFeB powders

Pilot 3
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hosting partner
Magneti Ljubljana
Techniques (Pilot)
HPMS treatment of hard disk drives (HDD) and production scrap
Planned capacity at maturity
50 t/yr of NdFeB powders

Pilot 4
Ispringen, Germany

Hosting partner
MIMplus Technologies
Techniques (Pilot)
HPMS treatment of WEEE magnets with integrated SDS (shaping-debinding-sintering) feedstock production
Planned end of construction (Pilot)
2020
Planned capacity at maturity
10 t/yr of NdFeB powders
Reprocessing routes
Planned capacity at maturity of all four routes: >100 t/yr of cast alloys and permanent magnets

Route A
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hosting partner
Magneti Ljubljana
Techniques (Route)
Sintering of HPMS powders with and without blending (NdH2/alloy powders)
Resulting products
Fully dense anisotropic sintered magnets

Route B
Essen, Germany

Hosting partner
KOLEKTOR MAGNET TECHNOLOGY
Techniques (Route)
Hydrogen Decrepitation Deabsorbation Recombination (HDDR)
Planned end of construction (Route)
November 2022 (including optimisation)
Resulting products
HDDR powder for bonding and hot pressing, as well as anisotropic, polymer bonded magnets

Route C
Ispringen, Germany

Hosting partner
MIMplus Technologies
Techniques (Route)
SDS processing (shaping by injection moulding)
Planned end of construction (Route)
End of 2021
Resulting products
Fully dense anisotropic SDS (net-shaped) magnets with complex shape

Route D
Ellesmere Port, UK

Hosting partner
Less Common Metals
Techniques (Route)
Re-casting with new pyrometallurgical processes and purification
Resulting products
Ingots for magnetic alloy production