GERRI is involved in the following projects
REGINA's consortium has submitted the full proposal to the funding agency on March 10th, 2017.
Summary: With rich rare earth (RE) reserves of about 22 Mt (about 17% of global reserves) Brazil is one of the most relevant nations influencing the global raw materials market. In the future the demand for rare earths is expected to increase rapidly due to the growth of green technologies and products requiring REs like permanent magnets.
Based on Brazilian resources available, REGINA project will cover the entire value chain from RE extraction to magnet production. The focus lies on a more environmentally and socially sustainable production of RE alloys and magnets as well as the development of sustainable and competitive business models. Besides, the aim is to reduce the dependence on Chinese REs and support the establishment of a "greener" supply chain for high performance magnets.
For this purpose, the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS, TU Darmstadt, RWTH Aachen, TU Clausthal, TH Georg Agricola Bochum, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, and the German industrial partners KME Germany GmbH and GMB Deutsche Magnetwerke GmbH will join forces with key Brazilian players from industry and research to overcome the current challenges of RE Industry.
BMBF funds German-Brazilian project for the production of rare earths
With approx. 22,000,000 tons rare earth oxide (REO) equivalent, Brazil possesses the second largest reserves of rare earth elements (REE) in the world. This group of 17 physical and chemical similar elements play a major role in many high technology applications. Examples are high performance magnets, which are used, inter alia, in electric motors for electric vehicles and in gearless wind turbines, as well as phosphors in energy-saving lamps and light-emitting diodes. Since Brazil promotes the implementation of a production chain for REE products and Germany has a high demand for REE products, both countries closed a strategic partnership.
Against this background, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the German researchers of the project “MoCa - Development of a production chain for rare earth elements from tailings of the ultramafic alkaline-carbonatite complex Catalão/Goiás” (grant agreement no. 033R189). CMOC International operates the Brazilian mine and funds the Brazilian researchers.
The overall objective of this project is the determination of the REE production potential of the Catalão complex considering REE grade and occurrence of the REEs in minerals with respect to their processability, competitiveness and sustainability.