EU Horizon 2020 METGROW+ Newsletter 1 (Nov. 2016)
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The EU Horizon 2020 METGROW+ project intends to solve bottlenecks in the EU raw materials supply by developing innovative metallurgical technologies for unlocking the use of potential domestic raw materials. Within this project, both primary and secondary materials are studied as potential metal resources. Economically important nickel-cobalt deposits, low grade polymetallic wastes and iron containing sludges etc.), which are currently not yet being exploited due to technical bottlenecks, are in focus. Concurrently, METGROW+ targets innovative processes to extract important metals including Ni, Cu, Zn, Co, In, Ga, Ge in a cost-effective way. As project main output, a toolbox for metallurgical systems development is created in the project using new methods and combinations.

Read METGROW+ Press Release 3-11-2016 here
Visit METGROW+ website here


Following the official kick-off meeting in Helsinki, the first bi-annual METGROW+ meeting" was held in Chania, Crete (September 20-22, 2016) to discuss the project progress. The METGROW+ project has proceeded as foreseen with material sampling, deliveries and characterisation. The comminution, beneficiation and upgrading work has started for the METGROW+ materials, as well as leaching processes development. Methodologies, such as the goal and scope, system boundaries, functional unit, the tool to use for flow sheet modelling and the decision support framework were discussed. 

Read full report METGROW+ Chania meeting here.


On September 26 and 27, 2016, a Critical Raw Material (CRM) Policy Workshop took place in Brussels. The scope of the workshop was to bring forward a joint understanding between scientists, the corporate sector and policy makers on the status, challenges and opportunities in creating a circular economy for the critical raw materials in Europe. The event was a co-organisation of different EU project teams (EU FP7 REEcover, SPIRE7 REE4EU and EU FP7 MC-ITN EREAN). The various presentations are available from the website dedicated to this event. Prof. Koen Binnemans (KU Leuven & METGROW+ partner) presented a Policy Brief presentation “Importance of training and research to the supply of critical raw materials in Europe”, in which he discussed the need for a concerted effort for continued CRM research, not despite of but rather because of the current low prices for CRMs.

Download presentations 26-27.09.2016 Policy Workshop here
Download Policy Brief presentation Prof. Koen Binnemans here


VTT (METGROW+ coordinator) is a multi-technological research organisation. The VTT Group is the largest public applied-research activity in northern Europe with a staff of 2,600 and a turnover of €279 million. VTT has 70 years of experience in addressing the needs of industry and the knowledge-based society. Over the years, VTT has participated in more than 1,000 European R&D Framework Programme projects, within various thematic programmes. VTT is a core partner in the prestiguous EIT RawMaterials consortium. Raw materials projects are key to VTT's project portfolio. In this context VTT recently organised the “Minerals in Circular Economy Seminar – from theory to practice” (Helsinki, November 8, 2016). METGROW+ coordinator Päivi Kinnunen gave a presentation “Metal recovery from low grade ores and side streams” including also insights into the METGROW+ project.

Download "Minerals in Circular Economy Seminar" presentations
Download VTT’s Research Highlights here



Since the launch of Horizon 2020 the European Commission has been highlighting the importance of Open Access publishing, which in fact has become a formal requirement in EU projects, as in METGROW+. Open Access publishing implies that all peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from a Horizon 2020 project, such as METGROW+, should be deposited in open-access repositories. For Beneficiaries without access to an OpenAIRE-compliant system, the European Commission has developed the Zenodo platform. Publications deposited in Zenodo can subsequently be linked to the METGROW+ project in OpenAIRE. To help all METGROW+ participants, KU Leuven has developed a clear, step-by-step Open Access flow diagram to deal with the Open Access requirements.
METGROW+ is a project funded by the European Commission (GA 690088)
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