Integrated innovative pilot system for Critical Raw Materials recovery from mines wastes in a circular economy context

Project: EU project

Project Details


RAWMINA will develop and demonstrate an innovative pilot system for the clean and sustainable production of non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials (RMs) in the EU from Mine Waste (MW) resources. RAWMINA will implement and standardize an innovative energy, water- and cost-effective continuous pilot process for producing RMs. It will integrate novel bio-leaching and nano-based materials for Sb, Co, Ge and W selective recovery from MW from “unexploited/underexploited metal containing materials”. RAWMINA will improve EU competitiveness and create added value in RMs processing, refining and equipment manufacturing by developing a new circular business model as an alternative to traditional linear mining economy. RAWMINA will integrate different technologies that will be demonstrated (TRL7) with MW of diverse geological compositions from EU and non-EU mines demonstrating flexibility in processing of the innovative pilot system. The project will perform a techno-economic and sustainability assessment throughout the entire life cycle considering health, safety, socio-economic and environmental impacts; maximizing water/energy efficiency and waste/wastewater reduction. IP, exploitation and business plans will be developed ensuring market penetration, technology export and first exploitation plan. RAWMINA will transform MW into a resource, enabling marketable products recovery to be used in batteries, flame retardants, optical fibers and industrial tools. The project will create a CRM Recovery Helix to maximise clustering and will interact with local communities to gain EU citizens trust. It will increase resource efficiency and sustainability of EU industry, contributing to decrease EU CRM import dependency. Apart from sheltering the EU from possible shortages in CRM supply, the project will contribute to reduce production costs and environmental impacts, contributing to the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on RMs.
Effective start/end date1/05/2131/10/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Juan Rayo Ingeniería S.A. (Project partner)
  • AGQ Mining & Bioenergy SL (Project partner)
  • WINGS ICT Solutions Information & Communication Technologies IKE (Project partner)
  • University of Vic (Project partner)
  • Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI) (Project partner)
  • PARDAM NANO4FIBERS s.r.o. (Project partner)
  • Crowdhelix Ltd. (Project partner)
  • RINA Consulting S.p.A. (Project partner)
  • Cobre Las Cruces S.A. (Project partner)
  • Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) (Project partner)
  • Elentec Limited (Project partner)
  • G.E.O.S. Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (Project partner)
  • Tharsis Mining S.L. (Project partner)
  • RINA Services S.p.A. (Project partner)
  • Inlecom Commercial Pathways Company (Project partner)
  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (Project partner) (lead)
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona (Project partner)
  • Leitat Chile (Project partner)
  • University of Seville (Project partner)

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • CE-SC5-07-2020
  • fibers
  • wastewater treatment processes
  • renewable energy
  • bioleaching