Author Archives: Sim2 Kuleuven

SOCRATES Policy View: Thermodynamic reality check

In this first EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES Policy Brief, guest authors - Justin Salminen and Sirpa Olaussen from Boliden - provide their view on the challenges with respect to the zero-waste valorisation of low-grade ores and metal-containing industrial process residues.

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To mine or not to mine, that is the question

Join us in Leuven on February 21 for a unique Symposium on the Social License to Operate for mining of critical metals. The Symposium is part of the Arts festival “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth – Stories from Below”.

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ELFM and EURELCO featured in the Financial Times

Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) was featured in the Financial Times as one of the “50 Ideas to Change the World”. In a Special Report Joshua Jacobs interviews key players and discusses the barriers and opportunities for ELFM.

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EURARE project is completed

The EURARE project began on the 1st of January 2013, and ran for five years (Balomenos et al., 2017). Its main goal was to set the basis for the development of a sustainable European REE industry. It aimed to safeguard the uninterrupted supply of REE raw materials and products crucial for sectors of the EU economy (including automotive, electronics, machinery ...

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Symposium on Social License to Operate (21-2-18)

As part of “Artefact 2018: This Rare Earth - Stories from Below”, a unique symposium on the Social License to Operate with respect to the mining and recycling of critical metals is taking place on February 21, 2018 (Leuven).

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ELFM IV Symposium programme & registration

On 5 and 6 February, 2018, the 4th Enhanced Landfill Mining Symposium (ELFM IV) is taking place in Mechelen, Belgium. This week the full Symposium programme was released. Early bird registration is now possible.

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EC publishes new list of Critical Raw Materials

On September 13, 2017, the EC finally published its updated list of Critical Raw Materials. SIM² KU Leuven will continue to provide recovery/recycling technology for the following CRMs: Sb, Co, Ga, Ge, In, PGMs, REEs and Sc.

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In memoriam Prof. Risto Harjula (Helsinki U.)

SIM² KU Leuven & EREAN/REDMUD are deeply saddened to hear the news that our wonderful colleague, Prof. Risto Harjula (U. Helsinki), has passed away on September 11, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Risto’s family.

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SOLVOMET, a new Industrial Service Centre

SIM² KU Leuven has just launched “SOLVOMET”, an Industrial Service Centre whose mission is to support its industrial partners in the development of more sustainable solvometallurgical separation processes and new mining chemicals.

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China Global Television Network reports on ELFM

In the aftermath of the publication of the animated promotional videos of ETNs NEW-MINE and SOCRATES, we were contacted by China Global Television Network (CGTN) who made a brief report on the projects’ ground-breaking research.

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