NEOHIRE - NEOdymium-Iron-Boron base materials, fabrication techniques and recycling solutions to HIghly REduce the consumption of Rare Earths in Permanent Magnets for Wind Energy Application
Duration (months): 36
Start of project: 1/2/2017
End of project: 31/1/2020
Budget: EUR 4.532.638,75
Cofinanced by: Cofinanced by EU contribution: EUR 4.443.888,75
Number of Partners: 9
Description of the project:

NEOHIRE main objective is to reduce the use rare earth elements (REE), and Co and Ga (Critical Raw Materials, CRM), in the permanent magnets present in wind turbine generators (WTG). This objective is mainly achieved through the development of:

  • new concept of bonded NdFeB magnets able to substitute the present state-of-the-art sintered magnets for WT;
  • new recycling techniques for these CRM from the future and current permanent magnets (PM) wastes.

In this way, the EU external demand of REE and CRM for PM in WTG will be reduced in a 50% (thanks to a strong reduction of the REE (Dy and Nd) and CRM (Co and Ga) needed to manufacture NEOHIRE PM for WT and to a high supply-chain based on reuse).

NEOHIRE will count on PM material RTD experts (CEIT, UOB), material recycling experts (UOB, KU LEUVEN), material characterisation RTD experts (CEIT, UPV, LBF), JP Powder manufacturer (AICHI), PM manufacturer (KOLEKTOR), LCA experts (UNIFI) and WT manufacturer (INDAR). AICHI (Japan) will be involved by providing advice and raw materials to the project.