Reduce the use of rare earth elements (REE), and Co and Ga (CRM), in the permanent magnets used in wind turbine generators
The electric power system will play a key role to achieve a balance between electricity supply, conversion, transport and use of energy in order to reach a secure, competitive and sustainable energy system by 2050 in the European Union. In that sense, one of the most important items to be considered is the massive integration of wind energy into the smart grids, since this kind of energy is the most sustainable and contribute to the balance and accomplishment of the everyday most high-demanded electricity networks requirements. Therefore the European forecast shows that by 2020, up to 20% of the EU electricity will be produced by wind energy.
NEOHIRE main objective is to reduce the use of rare earth elements (REE), and Co and Ga (CRM), in the permanent magnets used in wind turbine generators (WTG). This objective is mainly achieved through the development of: a) new concept of bonded NdFeB magnet able to substitute the present state-of-the-art sintered magnets for WT, and b) new recycling techniques for these CRM from the future and current permanent magnets (PM) wastes. In this way, the EU external demand of REE and CRM for PM in WTG will be reduced in a 50% (thanks to a strong reduction of the REE (Dy and Nd) and CRM (Co and Ga) needed to manufacture NEOHIRE PM for WT and to a high supply-chain based on reuse).
An increase in energy efficiency of WT generators (WTG)