Slag as feedstock to extract of high added value metals (lead by Optimum Cement + CEA)

Raw materials are crucial to Europe’s economy and essential to maintaining and improving our quality of life. Securing reliable and unhindered access to certain raw materials is a growing concern within the EU. To address this challenge, the European Commission has created a list of 54 Critical Raw Materials, from which 20 are expected to be obtained in this concept demonstrator pilot.

The objective is to extract between 0.1 and 3 % of metals such as, Cu, Cr, Ni, Zn and other trace of critical metals. This pilot will target a new methodology based on selective hydrometallurgy for non ferrous high added value metal extraction from steel slags.

The installation facilities will be located partially at OC plant for the mechanical steps and available at OC CEA for the chemical steps.