RECYCLING OF SPENT AUTOMOTIVE CATALYTIC CONVERTERS AND RECOVER OF CRITICAL RAW MATERIALS
ABOUT THE HYDROCAT RESEARCH PROJECT
The project aims at a laboratory-scale development of an integrated, innovative recycling system for spent automotive catalytic converters based solely on hydrometallurgical methods (in order to minimize energy consumption compared to commercial fire metallurgical methods). It aims at the export primarily of Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd) and Rhodium (Rh) which are the catalysts and secondarily, Demetrius (Ce) and Lanthanum (La) which participate in large quantities in the catalytic coatings.
HYDROCAT is a funded research project in the field of “Recycling and management of car batteries and catalytic converters with emphasis on recovery and reuse of critical raw materials”.
The total duration of the project is estimated to be 30 months.
Objectives of project are
The hydrometallurgical system to be developed will be designed to be efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly, as its operation can be adapted to any load scale of deactivated catalysts for recycling, it will contribute to Europe’s sustainable supply of critical raw materials and improve the long-term availability them, while minimize energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.