We are actively involved in several projects that aim to increase the recycling of neodymium magnets from cars, computers and wind turbines. Products which are important for modern technology and the environment.
Neodymium magnets are used in many of today’s electronic products. They are composed of approximately 30 percent neodymium or other rare earth metals, such as dysprosium and praseodymium. All of these are listed by the EU as a strategically important metals, as they are used to produce strong permanent magnets and the market is controlled by China.
Very little is currently recycled from neodymium magnets. From both an environmental and market perspective, there is a need to develop new, efficient solutions to this problem.
In order to contribute to an increase in the recycling of these metals, we are participating in the REE4EU project. This is an EU initiative to find sustainable solutions which brings together industry and academia. We also participate in the EREAN and Remanence projects, which also focus on the sustainable recycling of neodymium magnets.
Recycling neodymium magnets is a difficult task. As they are both brittle and magnetic, they can easily get stuck in milling equipment and other machinery, while removing them manually would be time consuming and costly. As part of the Remanence project, we are currently testing the use of robots to cut the corners from hard drives using magnets- once removed, the magnets are recycled as efficiently and carefully as possible.
2015-10-01 – 2019-09-30
Neodymium magnets is a prerequisite in the production of, for example, small speakers amd small electrical engines used in drones, elctrical vehicles etc. The need to develop new, efficient recycling solutions is great. The Horizon 2020 REE4EU project involves 14 European partners from both industry and academia.We are one of the 14 European participants, from both industry and academia, in REE4EU’s Horizon 2020 project. Read more at: http://www.ree4eu.eu/
We have also participated in the following projects in neodymium magnet recycling:
REMANENCE: 2013-01-01 – 2016-06-30, FP7.
EREAN: 2013-09-01 – 2017-08-31, FP7 Marie-Curie