On June 1, 2019, the company Magneti Ljubljana, d.d. started working on SUSMAGPRO project that is co-financed by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. The project is being implemented by 19 partners and 1 associate partner from nine European countries. The leading partner in the project is Pforzheim University (Germany), Prof. Carlo Burkhardt of the Institute for Precious Metals and Technology. The SUSMAGPRO project (TRL 6-7) is a continuation of the EU REMANENCE project (TRL 5). A pilot recycling line for around 20 tons of NdFeB magnets per year will be constructed at Magneti Ljubljana, d.d.
Magneti Ljubljana d.d had received funding from the EIT RawMaterials under the Covid-19 Booster call to accelerate the industrial production of two newly developed Sm2Co17 grades, previously validated in Laboratory. The grades offer improved magnetic properties of higher straightness of demagnetization curves, and/or remanence and maximum energy product in comparison to the existing serial production SmCo magnets. The new grades are closing the gap in the magnetic properties with the dominant REE-permanent magnets; NdFeB. The project started on 6th of July 2020 and it aims to validate the grades in pilot production by December 2020.
The project is funded by ERA MIN 2 under H2020. The objective of this project is to create a much more environmentally friendly ‘short cycle’ re-processing route achieved by: a) the development of an eco-labelling system for newly produced RE permanent magnets, b) using the highly effective HPMS process by re-processing the extracted materials directly from the NdFeB alloy, c) better treatments to eliminate pre-processing residue, d) upgrading the magnetic properties of EOL NdFeB magnets by tailoring the microstructure and phase composition and e) elaborating the industrial up-scalability, including a thorough life cycle assessment. MaXycle will have a great impact to overcome the issue of low recycling rates suffering from poor collection, high leakages of collected materials and inappropriate interface management between logistics, and mechanical pre-processing and metallurgical metals recovery.
The project is funded by the Slovenian Research Agency and is carried out in cooperation with the Jožef Stefan Institute. The focus of the project is to develop either direct or indirect recycling of the sludge that forms during mechanical shaping of SmCo magnets. Direct recycling is focusing on the reuse of purified SmCo powders left from the sludge. Indirect recycling is focused on a process to extract metals from the same sludge. This is a step towards a circular economy, which is one of the main goals of today’s European strategy for critical raw materials. The idea is to find an alternative method for recovering these materials that has never been used before.
Reasons for project implementation:
The new generation of bonded magnets is characterized by better magnetic, mechanical and rheological properties and a higher level of recyclability, which will result in greater competitiveness of the company in the bonded magnets market. At the same time, it will contribute to a reduced environmental load due to less wear of injection molding tools and devices and more efficient use of input raw materials and energy sources.
The main goal of the project is to implement the technology of a new generation of injection-molded bonded magnets in a real industrial environment. The new technological approach presented within this project additionally solves the problem of manufacturing small series of plastic magnets and prototypes of new magnets in the phase of their development using the technology of 3d printing of bonded magnets according to the principle of fused deposition modeling (FDM).
The research and development project “New Generation of Injection Molded Bonded Magnets” is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the public tender “Incentives for research and development projects 2”
The main goal of LowReeMotors is to look for alternatives to the neodymium magnets currently used in electric vehicle engines. The implementation of alternatives in the composition of the magnet, such as alloys containing cerium (Ce), could alleviate the need for raw materials of Nd by up to 6-10%. The LowReeMotors project will design, manufacture and test two different electric machines that will replace existing equivalent Nd-based motors. It is expected that the results would be of significant importance to the industry and academia, therefore a dissemination plan is needed. Project started 1.1.2020 and continue until 31.12.2022.
This activity has received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This body of the European Union receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.