Reference case – EIT

Reference Case 1: EIT RawMaterials

Reference Case 1: EIT RawMaterials

MetalCirc: technology to neutralize waste ash and recover valuable materials for reuse

Innovation

Finnish innovator MetalCirc Oy has received a funding boost to produce an innovative material for antimicrobic, including anti-coronavirus, applications in surface coatings. The coating contains catalytic active metal oxide nanoparticles which have been proven effective against pathogens.

User Needs and Benefits

MetalCirc technology is a circular economy solution to recycle valuable metals obtained from waste and produce materials from the remaining material. The result is valuable and reusable materials and no more hazardous waste. MetalCirc technology has tremendous environmental value because the metals reused from the waste ashes reduce the need to mine from ore.

The technology represents a cost-effective, safe, and sustainable way to effectively destroy viruses (Sars-Cov-2 pathogens) and bacteria from large surfaces.

Project Goals and Results

The overall objectives of the project are:

  1. Boost technology development: Increasing the TRL to 7 (from TRL 6)
  2. Boost the development of solutions for new market opportunity in antiviral coatings
  3. Demonstrate coatings for two applications and carrying out SARS-CoV-2-capability testing
  4. Boost the business development to CRL 6 (from CRL 4)

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 198.000 €
  • The grant is 200.000 €
  • The schedule is 2020 – 2021 (6 months)

Links

MetalCirc

Reference Case 2: EIT RawMaterials

Reference Case 2: EIT RawMaterials

Tracegrow: Development of new trace nutrient products

Innovation

Finnish innovator Tracegrow Oy has received a funding boost to provide new micronutrient fertilizers made from suitable trace nutrients recycled from industrial wastestreams and to develop a recovery process for their reuse.

User Needs and Benefits

Tracegrow ecologically extracts zinc and manganese from black mass. The recycled and purified trace elements are safely recycled as ZM-Grow liquid micronutrient fertilizer, enabling higher crop yields.

Tracegrow fertilizer offers farmers a cost-efficient, ecological micronutrient that boosts yields, plant nutrition value, and profitability. It outperformed ‘market leader’ fertilizers in field tests in 7 countries.

The benefits are the recycling recovery rates of 90% to 99% for zinc, manganese, iron and potassium and significant reduction of CO2 emission because the process operates at a temperature of less than 100°C, compared to more than 1300° required by conventional smelting process.

Project Goals and Results

The overall objective of the project is to expand the fertilizer product portfolio and establish clear differential advantages for its fertilizer.

The following tasks will be performed during the project:

  1. Material flow R&D
  2. Chemical process development to raise recycling rate
  3. Validation and certification of new micronutrient fertilizers

Key Figures

  • The total budget is 212.000 €
  • The grant is 200.000 €
  • The schedule is 2020 – 2021 (6 months)

Links

Tracegrow