PROMETIA 7th newsletter is out!
 
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#7 - May 2020 Newsletter
WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT 
 
Dear Colleagues,

The recent months brought an unexpected and remarkable experience in human history. The pandemic and the resulting standards of behaviour have changed our lives in an unimaginable way. Return to normality, as we all knew it only in February this year, will probably take some time. And the "normality" itself may be slightly different. Fortunately, the end of this road seems to be not far away.
 
The period after the pandemic will undoubtedly bring economic slowdown. Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that our community of scientists, engineers, students and R&D managers will commit itself to join efforts and make up for the losses, and contribute to a new economic growth.

I am pleased to inform you that also PROMETIA is slowly coming out of the lockdown period. We are back with planning of our flagship activities - the annual seminar and tech tour. In the newsletter you will also find information about the last year’s events, including all presentations from the seminar. I encourage you to study them.

In addition, we present information about new members of Prometia - the CRM Group and NNH, the results of the Eramet 1st Open Innovation Challenge, examples of piloting activities from the members of METNET network in Prometia and announcements of important events for our community.

I would like to send you my kindest regards, dear readers of the Prometia newsletter, and at the same time to ask you all to remember what is the other - beside the literal one - meaning of the #stayhome hashtag.
 
Andrzej Chmielarz 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
7th PROMETIA Scientific Seminar - Save the date
 
Mark your calendars! The 7th PROMETIA Scientific Seminar "From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe" will be held from 7-9 December 2020 in Seville.

More details coming soon!
 
METNET network
 
The METNET network in PROMETIA gathers well-established pilot plants in Europe with the objective of strengthening the competitiveness of the European mining and metallurgical industries by securing an overall solution for development, validation and up-scaling of processes and technologies under industrial-relevant conditions.

METNET members regularly design, construct and operate large pilot scale equipment for mineral and metallurgical processes. Find out what they have been up to during these last months! 
 
 
 
Elkem has built equipment for casting and solidification of silicon and ferrosilicon alloys on a laboratory scale.
 
You can read the article here.
 
Łukasiewicz-IMN has applied its pilot rotary kiln installation in different studies of treatment of zinc and lead.
 
 You can read the article here.
 
 
Interested in learning more about the METNET network? Check this article on the PROMETIA website for more information!
 
PROMETIA is on LinkedIn - Follow us!
 
Follow PROMETIA on LinkedIn to be informed of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy matters and get to know more about the association's main services: the Open Innovation and the METNET network. 
 
PROMETIA ACTIVITIES
PROMETIA welcomes two new members
CRM Group
 
CRM Group focuses on the production, transformation, coating and use of metallic materials. They offer R&D and technology solutions, as well as testing facilities covering the whole manufacture chain of metals, from raw materials to advanced steel applications.
 
Website: www.crmgroup.be
Read more about CRM Group on the PROMETIA brochure.
 
NNH
 
The Norwegian Network for Hydro-Metallurgy (NNH) was launched in March 2018 to promote and strengthen expertise in hydrometallurgy, hydrochemical process technology and aqueous separation technology in Norway. The network also establishes research projects among its members, represents their interests and organises seminars and courses in hydrometallurgy.
 
Website: www.hydromet.no
Read more about NNH on the PROMETIA brochure.
 
6th PROMETIA Scientific Seminar
Presentations are now available!
 
The annual PROMETIA Scientific Seminar was held on 21-23 October 2019 in Kristiansand, Norway.
 
Click HERE to download all the presentations.
 
PROMETIA Tech Tour in Kristiansand 
 
2019 PROMETIA Tech Tour activities included visits to Elkem (pilot facility), Glencore Nikkelverk (nickel, copper and cobalt producer), ReSiTec (recycling test centre) and the University of Agder
 
ERAMET Open Innovation Challenge 
 
In 2019, ERAMET launched its first Open Innovation Challenge in partnership with PROMETIA. The topic of the challenge was Silica Management in Eramet Lithium process and participants (universities, research centres, industry members, SMEs and start-ups) were asked to provide an innovative solution to silica management to improve its profitability. 
 
Alexander Keller and Mark Hlawitschka from the University of Kaiserslautern won the challenge with a solution that was easy to industrialise and did not create safety constraints. Their solution also focused on environmental sustainability by proposing the recycling of the main reagent used.
 
Check out this interview with Marion Lenoir, head of the Open Innovation Department at Eramet Ideas for more information on the Eramet Open Innovation Challenge.
Read more about PROMETIA's member, the University of Kaiserslautern, here
 
RELATED PROJECT NEWS
SCRREEN final report is now available!
SCRREEN - Strengthening Europe's CRM Strategy
 
After three years focusing on reducing criticality and raw materials supply dependence, the SCRREEN project has been completed. 
 
During its 30 months of activity, SCRREEN established a long-lasting EU Expert Network on Critical Raw Materials to meet its goal of strengthening the EU’s Critical Raw Material Strategy. To ensure the sustainability of the network, six Expert Groups were created: market, governments & policies, substitution, resources, circular economy and production.
 
Download SCRREEN's final report
 
Have a look at the SCRREEN newsletter for more information!
Read these four short interviews to package leaders on their contribution to the SCRREEN project.
 
MEMBERS' ACTIVITIES
Life Long Learning Course: Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilisation – Introductory course
 
When: 11 & 13 August and 8 & 10 September 2020
Where: online 

The Hydrometallurgy in raw materials utilisation course is a fourth-day comprehensive training in Hydrometallurgy given by recognised academia and industrial experts.
 
The "introductory course" will have the following modules:
  • Introduction to hydrometallurgy
  • Fundamentals of hydrometallurgy
  • Sustainability in hydrometallurgy
  • Industrial practice in metals production and recycling
  • Laboratory demonstrations
 
For more detailed information about the course and registration, please click here.
 
Raw Materials Summit 2020
 
When: 23-25 September 2020
Where: Berlin, Germany
 
The Raw Materials Summit 2020 will address the future of the raw materials industry in line with the priorities of the EU Green Deal. The three-day event will address digitalisation and innovation in areas including the transition to green energy supply as well as the rising demand for raw materials and advanced materials for e-mobility. 
 
You can register here.
 
EU Raw Materials Week
 
When: 16-20 November 2020
Where: Brussels, Belgium

This will be the fifth edition of the EU Raw Materials Week, an event at which the raw materials community gathers to discuss relevant matters such as policy, technology, international 
cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base, etc.
 
For more information on this year's edition, keep an eye on this website.
 
International Solvent Extraction Conference 2021
 
When: 26 September - 1 October 2021
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden

The International Solvent Extraction Conference has been rescheduled and will take place from 26 September to 1 October 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This event will gather researchers, students and industrial participants engaged in solvent extraction research.
 
More information here.
 
 
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