“Innovative Hydrometallurgical Processes to recover Metals from WEEE including lamps and batteries” (co-financed by European Commission PF7 programme)

HydroWEEE (2008-2012) is a project co-financed under the FP7 calls (Seventh Framework Program of the EU) aimed at supporting SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) in research and development activities (Call ID “FP7-SME-2008- 1). The industrial leader of the project was the Austrian company SAT in Vienna, while Eco Recycling, scientific leader, was involved in the design and construction of a mobile pilot plant for the recovery of base and precious metals from WEEE and the related experimental campaign.

The HydroWEEE project aimed to develop the following hydrometallurgical processes:

  • Processes for the recovery of rare earth (Eu, Tb, Y and Gd) from fluorescent lamps and CRTs;
  • Processes for the recovery of Cobalt and Lithium from LIBs;
  • Processes for the recovery of precious metals such as Au from PCBs;
  • Indio recovery processes from LCDs.


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