LONDON The European Commission has earmarked 9.37 million ($12.6 million) in funding for three major research projects to help increase innovation in recycling nonferrous metals.
The three projectswhich will focus on auto shredding, aluminum scrap and batterieswill be launched Nov. 6, the commission said.
The ventures will be funded by the European Unions outgoing Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7), which ends next month.
Cornellá de Llobregat, Spain-based Lenz Instruments SL will coordinate "ShredderSort," a 3.38-million ($4.56-million) project to develop a shredder to screen out nonferrous metals from automobiles during scrapping.
Cambridge, U.K.-based TWI Ltd. will coordinate a 2.4-million ($3.2-million) project called "Recycal" that will involve converting post-consumer scrap aluminum into low-cost, low-carbon feedstock for wrought product and high-quality castings.
Chester, U.K.-based C-Tech Innovation Ltd. will coordinate a 3.59-million ($4.84-million) project dubbed "Colabats," which looks to develop industrial processes for recycling cobalt, lanthanides, nickel and lithium from waste batteries.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.