Siemens research section
The Institute for Processing and Recycling (I.A.R.) is part of the new Siemens research section (S-FB) „Rare Earths – Green Mining and Separation“ at the RWTH Aachen.
Siemens and the RWTH Aachen are implementing the first external ‚Siemens research section‘ worldwide together. Siemens is providing a total of six million Euro for this challenging research project over a period of four years. Within the scope of this project, six Professors as well as experts of the Siemens sector Industry are involved and at least ten Doctorates are to be completed within the Siemens research section which began on 1. January 2012.
„A cooperation of this scale with such a challenging research program is also a premiere for the RWTH which is accustomed to such industrial cooperation. I am very pleased that Siemens and the RWTH have been able to initiate this step of cooperation‘, said Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg, Rector of the RWTH said when signing the contract at the end of October 2011.
The materials summarized under the term of ‚rare earths‘ are important raw materials in key technologies and high-tech products. Siemens AG also uses metals of rare earths elements for a range of products, for example in industrial drives, generators in wind turbines or modern medical equipment.
In the processes currently applied for excavation, mining and recycling of rare earths there is considerable potential for optimization with regard to sustainability and long-term ecological compatibility. To ensure sustainable sufficient supply of such material which is essential for the high-tech industry, focus must be placed not only on deposits, but also on processes and methods of mining. These highly topical issues are now being handled by Siemens and the RWTH in the new common research section. The objective is to develop methods and processes for the environment-friendly and efficient provision of rare earths for permanent magnets.
The I.A.R. will handle the recycling of metals of rare earth elements from complex components within the scope of the research project.
Dipl.-Ing. Karoline Raulf
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