Advanced additively manufactured permanent Magnets for New Energy and MObility Applications

Project: EU project

Project Details


MagNEO's objective is robust and sustainable REE-free permanent magnets (PM) for emergent energy & mobility applications. The concept hinges upon novel compositions of AlNiCo & HEAs undergoing similar spinodal decompositions, processed by additive manufacturing (AM). The recycling strategies developed will allow environmentally friendly repurposing of disparate metallic constituents, with emphasis on Co recovery. The targeted properties of the new PMs are (BH)max ≥60 kJ/m3 for Co ≤24% and (BH)max ≥72 kJ/m^3 for Co≤35%.MagNEO will be realised through the following strategies: 1) open-source modelling tools, machine learning guided high-throughput digital & experimental screening to accelerate the development of novel environmentally benign materials, with compositions suitable for AM, throughout multicomponent alloy phase spaces, 2) harness the competitive advantages conferred by AM, such as shape complexities and microstructure engineering, in tandem with comprehensive heat treatment. These will be crafting novel anisotropic microstructures characterized by higher coercivity, culminating in (BH)max values exceeding 60 kJ/m^3.The performance of the new PMs will be verified for a) low-speed PM generators in wind turbines & ship propulsion shafts, (b) high speed (>100 m/s) rotors in heat pumps and (c) ABS sensors & headlight systems in automotive. The upscaling process will be conducted through techno-economic analyses performed by the manufactures in synergy with the end-users. This procedure will begin with a proof of concept at TRL3-4 and will culminate with technology validation at TRL6. MagNEO stands out as a fusion between accomplished multidisciplinary experts who will contribute to training and joint actions with other European teams to increase the competitiveness and sustainability of European industry by bringing innovative materials and new methods closer to the market, while maintaining cost-effectiveness of REE-free products in consideration.
Effective start/end date1/05/2430/04/28

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • RTD Talos Ltd
  • The Switch Engineering Oy
  • 3R-Cycle Oy
  • Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (UWK)
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat (CFR)
  • Asociación De Investigación Metalúrgica Del Noroeste (AIMEN)
  • Nikon SLM Solutions AG
  • Innovation in Research & Engineering Solutions (IRES)
  • BioG3D
  • SINTEF AS (lead)
  • Conify IKE
  • University of Oslo
  • 3D-Components A/S
  • MAGNETI LJUBLJANA Podjetje za proizvodnjo magnetnih materialov, d.d.
  • Asociación Centro Tecnológico Ceit-IK4

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • recycling
  • wind power
  • sensors
  • additive manufacturing
  • machine learning