Innovative RE-use and reCycling VALue chain for High-Power-Magnets (RECVAL-HPM)

Overall objective

The overall goal of the RECVAL-HPM project is to develop new technologies for the re-use and recycling of high-performance permanent magnets so as to avoid the dissipation of rare earths and to directly feed-back scrap magnet materials to the primary production industry.

Therefore, on the one hand, re-use concepts and respective technological processes for various different kinds of industrial and consumer products are developed while on the other hand, a broad knowledge of how to recover the scrap magnets from complex waste streams is determined.

Besides the technical developments, the RECVAL-HPM project will be complemented by a thorough analysis of the logistic solutions and the economic and environmental implications of the re-use and recycling of high-permanent magnets from products.

A holistic approach to the design of alternative process chains will make sure that the technical interfaces fit together and that supply situation and economic evaluation are taken into account.

Within the project, it will be demonstrated that recycled materials can be used to produce new high performance permanent magnets. Thus, RECVAL-HPM will approach a major issue in European high-tech industry and economy: the supply of critical metals, above all those of the rare earths.


01.04.2014 to 30.06.2017 (France)

01.07.2014 to 30.06.2017 (Germany)


The RECVAL-HPM is a German-French cooperative project. The German partners are supported by the

German Ministry of Education and Research                                          Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF

coordinated by the Projektträger Jülich, Förderkennzeichen 033RF002A

and the French partners by the 

Agence Nationale de la recherche.