The German Geothermal Energy Association (BVG) invites you to the Haus der Technik in Essen from 17 to 19 October 2023 and is pleased to announce another expanded, practice-oriented programme. More than 200 lectures and posters await the attendees of the leading national geothermal event. In particular, the congress will offer municipal utilities practical knowledge and contacts with a workshop specialising in the municipal heat turnaround and an information booth of the authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia.

This year’s focus is on the Nordic partner countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, which will present their geological characteristics and their solutions for the future energy market. Whether long-standing experience with high-temperature geothermal energy from Iceland, novel district heating concepts from Denmark or the widespread use of near-surface geothermal energy as in Sweden, the Nordic countries are taking a very natural approach to geothermal energy use.

High-calibre greetings will be given on Wednesday by, among others, Mona Neubaur, Minister for Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy and Deputy Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Icelandic Ambassador María Erla Marelsdóttir.Afterwards, several prizes of the Bundesverband Geothermie e.V. will be awarded: The Patricius Medal for special merits in geothermal energy, the prize for the best or young scientist, and the “Science Bar” poster competition, which awards prizes for the best bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral thesis.

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Meet the LiCORNE project at the German Geothermal Congress

During the German Geothermal Congress, researchers from Fraunhofer ICT will present a scientific poster explaining their activities and the technological progress achieved in LiCORNE. The research group “Batteries” in the Department of Applied Electrochemistry at Fraunhofer is working on the production of lithium hydroxide from solutions derived from the upstream process of geothermal and continental brines supplied by partners EnBW and KIT.

Picture: Denis Konovalov

The Cluster Hub “Production of raw materials for batteries from European resources” is a knowledge exchange ecosystem, where partners involved in different European projects (private companies, support organisations, experts, universities and research institutes) can identify and discuss common topics related to their projects, and to the production of materials for batteries, as well as synergies that can foster innovations in this field.

The initiative to establish a permanent clustering hub appeared first in November 2022, during the 7th edition of the Raw Materials Week, when eight EU-funded projects gathered together for the workshop with the same name: “Production of raw materials for batteries from European sources”. Encouraged by a first successful event, and echoed by the stakeholders’ vivid interest for collaboration, the European Commission welcomed with enthusiasm the proposal to establish a permanent Clustering Hub.

This year’s annual meeting will allow all representatives – counting today no less than 12 projects, to share the preliminary results of their work, address the remaining challenges that all EU initiatives face, and interact with external stakeholders actively interested in the issues and opportunities raised by these projects.

The Cluster Hub’s annual workshop is a satellite event organised within the Raw Materials Week 2023, and it will take place in hybrid format, on 16 November 2023. 

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ECS is pleased to return to Europe for its first biannual meeting there in over 10 years! Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, has held the #1 ranking on the Global Destination Sustainability Index since 2016. This commitment to compassionate science and a sustainable future helps make Gothenburg a very attractive destination for all attendees. As the meeting takes place at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers Hotel, participants are well positioned to enjoy the city’s many delights!

The 244th ECS Meeting brings together the most active researchers in academia, government, and industry—professionals and students—to engage, discuss, and innovate in the areas of electrochemistry and solid state science and related technologies. This is the premier destination for industry professionals to experience five days of learning, technical presentations, business development, and networking opportunities.

The event will take place between 8 and 12 October 2023.

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Meet and LiCORNE project at ECS 2023 and discover the GDEx process

On 9 October, in an additional session titled “Transforming Metal-Containing Secondary Resources into Functional Materials for Electrochemical Energy Applications”, you will have the occasion to delve deeper into GDEx with its inventor, Dr. Xochitl Dominguez Benetton, senior scientist at VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. (VITO). Dr. Dominguez Benetton will provide a comprehensive overview of the electrochemical reduction of gases, and present various advantages of this novel process that addresses pressing issues, such as waste management and resource preservation.

Learn more about GDEx on the reference website and in our previously published article.

The 2023 edition of the Raw Materials Week takes place in Brussels, 13-17 November 2023. It will centre around the European Critical Raw Materials Act and include the 10th annual High-Level Conference of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials, co-organised with Eumicon, on 15 November.

Registrations will open in September 2023.

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Previous Raw Materials Weeks

Goldschmidt is the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organised by the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society. This year, the conference will take place in Lyon, between 9 and 14 July. The LiCORNE project will be represented at this event by VITO.

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Browse the program by theme, or check out the week overview to see the sessions per day and per room.

The 43rd Meeting of the Specialised Electrochemistry Group of Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) will take place in Ciudad Real (ESP) between 3 and 5 July 2023.

The LiCORNE project will be featured in the presentation “Transforming strategic metals from secondary resources into functional materials for electrochemical energy technologies”, delivered by the VITO’s GDEx team.

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The 36th International Exhibition for Fine and Speciality Chemicals will take place from 24 – 25 May 2023, at Messe Basel, Switzerland.

The exhibition features the full spectrum of fine and speciality chemicals for various applications and industries. A first-rate conference programme accompanies the event and offers plenty of additional networking opportunities to exchange industry know-how and form international relations with peers and business partners.

Chemspec Europe exhibitors are manufacturers, distributors, regulators, equipment suppliers, raw materials suppliers, traders, agents, and consultants offering a diversified range of products, services and equipment.

Visitors attending Chemspec Europe are corporate managers, production / process managers, R&D managers, product designers, procurement managers, technical managers, chemists, and consultants from a wide range of industries, including, among others: electronics, green chemistry, R&D etc.

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Raw Materials: Setting the foundation for the Green Transition

RawMat2023 aims to bring together the Academic community, engineers, early-stage scientists as well as senior scientists, industry executives, stakeholders and policy makers, and other professionals in the field of raw materials and circular economy for a comprehensive, cross-discipline exchange of knowledge.

Main Conference Topics

Following the demands and trends of modern society, RawMat2023 shall address a wide range of technological developments and future challenges regarding Raw Materials with an emphasis on Circular Economy aspects. RawMat2023 covers a broad list of topics as follows:

LiCORNE project presenting at RawMat 2023

On behalf of the LiCORNE project, our partners from the Laboratory of Metallurgy (LABMET) of the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (National Technical University of Athens – NTUA), will present the study “Li extraction from a-spodumene concentrate by carbonising calcination”, conducted within the framework of the project.

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Several EU funded projects were clustering together on the 14th of November 2022 at the Raw Materials Week in Brussels to present their objectives and activities related to the recovery and production of raw materials for battery applications from European resources. The clustering event was open for anyone interested in learning about the key activities in this field. Topics covered by those projects ranged from EV batteries dismantling and reuse, to the recovery of materials such as cobalt, nickel, manganese, graphite, lithium and others from secondary as well as primary resources available in Europe.

This clustering event was organised by the CROCODILERHINOCEROS and LICORNE EU-funded projects with the participation of the BATRAWRESPECTRELiEF, FREE4LIBand ENICON EU-funded projects.

These projects represent an emerging innovation ecosystem in Europe which encompasses nearly 100 organizations driving the recycling of batteries and the production of raw materials for battery applications from primary and secondary resources available in Europe.

Proceedings of the event