CROCODILE

The first of a kind commercial compact system for the efficient recovery of cobalt designed with novel integrated leading technologies.

The CROCODILE project will showcase innovative metallurgical systems based on advanced pyro-, hydro-, bio-, iono- and electrometallurgy technologies for the recovery of cobalt and the production of cobalt metal and upstream products from a wide variety of secondary and primary European resources.

ProjectCROCODILE
ObjectiveInnovative metallurgical systems based on advanced pyro-, hydro-, bio-, iono- and electrometallurgy technologies for the recovery of cobalt and the production of cobalt metal
Ref.H2020-SC5-2017-CROCODILE-GA 776473

CROCODILE will demonstrate the synergetic approaches and the integration of the innovative metallurgical systems within existing recovery processes of cobalt from primary and secondary sources at different locations in Europe, to enhance their efficiency, improve their economic and environmental values, and will provide a zero-waste strategy for important waste streams rich in cobalt such as batteries. Additionally, CROCODILE will produce a first of a kind economically and environmentally viable mobile commercial metallurgical system based on advanced hydrometallurgical and electrochemical technologies able to produce cobalt metal from black mass containing cobalt from different sources of waste streams such as spent batteries and catalysts. The project will reduce drastically the very high supply risk of cobalt for Europe, provide SMEs with novel business opportunities, and consolidate the business of large refineries with economically and environmentally friendly technologies and decouple their business from currently unstable supply of feedstocks.

Within the project, Lomartov is merging technical and exploitation activities towards a solid project solution deployment through:

  • A full Material Flow Analysis (MFA), including Substance flow analysis (SFA) and Business MFA, and Economic wide material flow analysis (EW-MFA), adapted to Raw Materials Information system (RMIs) format.
  • An environmental, health and safety assessment of CROCODILE integrated process.
  • A SWOT analysis for the mobile plant.
  • Exploitation and Dissemination tasks.