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MEI Online: Commodities: Metallic Ores: Rare Earths & Thorium: Latest News: August 18th 2019
:: Multi-million rare earths recycling centre coming to Birmingham
The University of Birmingham has received EUR 4 million in funding to establish a rare earth metals recycling facility.
The pilot plant will focus on recycling magnets made of neodymium, boron and iron. These rare earth metals are found in hard disk drives and household appliances as well as in electric vehicles.
The multi-million grant will fund the development of a complete European supply chain that is capable of producing 20 tonnes of recycled magnets a year that would otherwise go to landfill.
Robots and hydrogen
A robotic sorting line will locate and concentrate the rare earth magnets from scrap at Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham. Next, recycling facilities will extract the metal alloy powders. These will be used to create recycled magnets in the UK, Germany and Slovenia.
Read the full article on Recycling International
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