Funding for 14 research projects looking into resource efficiency has been given by the European Commission.
The projects will involve collaboration of 140 different partners from private companies and research organisations across Europe sharing a funding pot of €40 million (£34 million). At a meeting to be held in Brussels next week, the project leaders will meet with European Commission officials to kick off the projects by setting priorities and coordinating work.
Topics of the project include reuse of tyres in high value concrete applications, recovery of cobalt and lanthanide from batteries, automated sorting and recycling of waste lamps, plasma based transformation of food waste into high calorific value graphitic carbon and renewable hydrogen, high shear processing of aluminium scrap for manufacturing aluminium alloys, recovery of rare earth metals from WEEE and investigation of closed loop manufacturing modules.
Further information can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index_en.cfm?pg=technologies