Electrodynamic Fragmentation of High Value Compound & bulk materials with potentially recoverable substances

Duration: 30 months

Leader and Partners:

  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (Switzerland) - Leader
  • Selfrag AG (Switzerland)
  • Mineral Processing and Recycling University of Liege (Belgium)
  • Immark AG (Switzerland)
  • Reprocover (Belgium)

Funding Organisations:

  • FOEN (Switzerland)
  • DGO6 (Belgium)

Project Summary

The EDF-HVC project aims to up-scaling and integration of electrodynamic fragmentation (EDF) technology into the existing recycling technology machinery of particular waste streams. These can be slags, ashes and filter cakes of waste incineration plants, as well as electronic waste components and a variety of compound materials including carbon fibers and glass fiber reinforced plastics. The advantage lies in the liberation aptitude of EDF without direct contact to the target objects causing no or minimal heat or mechanical friction. EDF results in optimal material liberation and at the same time avoids the creation of hazardous by-products.

Impact and Vision

EDF-HVC is an ambitious collaborative project that through a focused R&D program will realise technological advances in the handling and recycling of selected waste streams, thus contributing to natural resources preservation. The objective is to assess the aptitude of EDF technology to effectively treat and recover materials from increasingly used compound material contained in modern consumer products. The essential involvement of key SMEs will enable proof-of-concept of the EDF technology towards the targeted streams and demonstrate its economic and environmental benefits. Not only will the EDF technology recover material but at the same time reduce waste volumes from being incinerated or landfilled. Thus, EDF technology will be an incentive for number of Wallonian, Swiss and European industrial actors to improve and optimize advanced waste sorting installations. Given the importance of recycling and “urban mining” activities in Europe aiming to secure strategic materials for its industries, an improved handling and valorization of the constantly growing waste volumes will be of great demand if not required by legal obligations.