During the RENEW project, four pilots will be under study, three of which of a more technical nature. The latter, instead, will be dedicated to the creation of an innovative eco-point for the collection of the e-waste.

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Pilot Seville

With the aim of improving the WEEE recycling operation at copper facility and to facilitate the Raw Materials and Critical Raw Material recovery, Atlantic Copper will develop a technical pilot plant in cooperation with the Research Centre of Seville University.

Based on different steps such as milling at different temperatures, flotation and pneumatic, magnetic and electrostatic separation, the pilot plant will be studied and its ability of separating epoxy from metals in the PCBs evaluated.

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Pilot Tallin

Tallin University of Technology will pilot a solution based on the ideas arisen for the challenge at the EIT RM Global Digital RACE 2020.

At the pilot, separation of epoxy from metals contained in the PCBs will be performed. In this, primary and secondary PCBs size reduction stages will be demonstrated.


Pilot Pfinztal

Fraunhofer provides the technology for the epoxy valorisation.

The partner will upscale its existent pilot plant where the pre-treated PCBs will be converted by thermo-chemical treatment into solid material (metals and fibres), gas (for energy recovery) and oil that will be further purified and used for production of valuable feedstock chemicals like vanillin, aniline for polymeric application like Bakelite, polyamide, polyurethanes, polyester and epoxy resins. Recovery of bromine from the gaseous phase will be investigated.



----ERION is in charge of setting up and managing an innovative eco-point for the collection of small electrical and electronical appliances such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. The eco-point aims to encourage people to dispose their e-waste that too often remain hidden and forgot at citizens' home.

The objective of the eco-point will be to increase the collection rate of WEEE, in order to increase the quantity of PCBs collected. At the eco-point educational activities will be performed.