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Circular economy solutions for the valorisation of low-quality scrap streams, materials recirculation with high recycling rate, and residue valorisation for long term goal towards zero waste (Clean Steel Partnership)
|Funding Program||Horzion Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 1: Climate Neutral, Circular and Digitised Production|
|Call budget||€ 12,000,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||between € 3,000,000.00 and € 6,000,000.00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
In the medium-term scenario, new technologies will enter in the iron and steelmaking production process, e.g., higher amount of scrap in basic oxygen furnaces (BOF), more electric arc furnace (EAF) based steelmaking, as well as more directly reduced production capacity are foreseen. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the influence of the feedstock quality, of the new production technologies and of the composition of the by-products generated on the present model of circular economy for both, economic, and environmental aspects.
Recycling of steel scrap (no matter if it is home-scrap, industrial scrap, or post-consumer scrap), the increased consumption of scrap, the recovery of iron from residues and the use of low-quality iron ore materials are vital to diminish the need for additional primary resource extraction and hence to decrease the environmental impact of steel manufacturing. This is also contributing to a wise and sustainable management approach of iron resources. Applying circular economic principles to product design (thus, designing for remanufacture and recycling) will allow ferrous and non-ferrous metals, such as copper, to be more easily separated and recycled.
Proposals should consider higher utilisation of low-quality iron-bearing materials, in particular, but not limited to, low-quality scrap with higher amounts of unwanted elements (residual and alloying elements, such as Cu, Sn, Sb, As and Bi, but also Cr, Mo, B) that prevent the production of many steel grades and a higher utilisation of internal residues; all focused on the recycling of its metal contents. Where appropriate for the study proposed, analytical research infrastructures, such as synchrotron facilities, should be considered as capable of providing large amount of statistically relevant data. The aim is to obtain a sustainable vision of reduced virgin raw materials use.
Moreover, the existing recycling and reuse solutions for today’s steel industry will be affected and new solutions need to be developed to maintain a sustainable development of the steel industry in the future. Projects should aim at the selection and integration of best available and applicable technologies supported by digital smart tools. These are key elements to improve and adapt circular economy solutions for the long-term goal towards zero waste increasing the use of scrap, the materials recycling rate and the residue valorisation by targeting to achieve the same quality of the finished product and at the same time reducing CO2 emissions due to lower energy need with respect to iron-ore.
Multidisciplinary research activities should address one or more of the following:
This topic implements the co-programmed European Partnership on Clean Steel.
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
|eligible entities||EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)|
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
|other eligibility criteria|
Activities are expected to start at TRL 4 and achieve TRL 5-6 by the end of the project.
For the Technology Readiness Level (TRL), the following definitions apply:
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management,
Competitiveness of Enterprises, Employment/Labour Market, SME & entrepreneurship,
Digitalisation, Digital Society, ICT,
Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy
|Relevance for EU Macro-Region||EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)|
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.
|Call documents|| HE-Work Programme 2023-2024, Cluster 4, Destination 1 (661kB)
|Contact||National Contact Points for Horizon Europe |
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