- DatesSeptember 2019 to March 2023
- SponsorInterreg North West Europe, European Regional Development Fund
- Funded€4.23 million
- PartnersSociété Publique d'Aide à la Qualité de l'Environnement, SPAQuE (Belgium): Materials Processing Institute, MPI (UK); Centre Technologique International de la Terre et de la Pierre, CTP (Belgium); Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, BRGM (France); Université de Liège (Belgium); IXSANE (France); Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij, OVAM (Belgium); TEAM2 (France); Technische Hochschule Köln (Germany); Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband, BAV (Germany).
While recent metallic waste streams are usually treated, older waste (aggregated material with high ferrous metal content, scrap, other metals, white and black slags and other streams) are considered as a source of pollution, expensive to manage/eliminate. REGENERATIS aims to transform this problem into an opportunity, as large volumes of resources (metals, materials & land) from Past Metallurgical Sites and Deposits (PMSD) can be recovered by urban-mining. In order to implement this in NWE, REGENERATIS tackles the sectoral and contextual barriers. The main challenge for stakeholders is the environmental risk and the profitability of recovery processes. Currently all PMSD are managed within a remediation strategy focused on environmental impact/risk. In NWE region PCS inventories are inadequate, as they lack relevant data on the economic potential (quantity, quality & materials value). Traditional exploration methods are not focused on raw materials recovery.
REGENERATIS delivers an evidence-based solution implemented and tested on 3 sites (including innovative characterization by geophysics, innovative recovery processes guidance, artificial intelligence algorithm), promotes an Harmonized Inventory Structure, and supports new business models for resource recovery from PMSD, by using open source 4D Smart Tool (SMARTIX). Impact is guaranteed by long-term involvement of all REGENERATIS partners/ associated partners to convince stakeholders.
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