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Enhanced Landfill Mining on the rise in Europe

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On February 6-8, 2017 two new EU projects on Enhanced Landfill Mining formally kicked off. In order to announce these two new projects (ETN NEW-MINE coordinated by SIM² KU Leuven & Interreg Europe COCOON) a widely attended press conference was held in Greenville, Houthalen, the location where also the flagship Closing the Circle project is situated. Several tv-reports were developed ...

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Open position for tailings project at KU Leuven

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Vacancy for a Post-doc (or PhD*) position for the SMART project – Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings Since the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution, the primary mining and metal processing industry has been and still is landfilling and/or stockpiling vast quantities of metal-containing tailings. Especially the older tailing ponds and associated landfills may represent an environmental and health liability. ...

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Transforming plasmarock from ELFM into geopolymers

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The current paper reviews the concept of the production of high-added value construction materials produced as part of a zero waste enhanced landfill mining process. The calorific fraction of the excavated waste is concentrated to produce a solid recovered fuel, which is introduced to a gasification/vitrification process to be converted to a synthetic gas, a slag and a metal alloy. ...

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SIM MaRes SBO project “SMART” approved!

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SIM² KU Leuven is delighted to announce that its SBO project “SMART” has been formally approved by SIM & VLAIO. SMART stands for Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings SMART is a strategic basic research project within the long-term SIM MaRes programme on “Materials from Solid and Liquid Industrial Process Residues”. The SMART project, which was developed together with SIM KU ...

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Kick-off event

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The MCSA ETN NEW-MINE kick-off meeting took place on 6 and 7 February 2017 at Greenville in Houthalen, at a short distance of the REMO landfill site. During the kick-off meeting, the 15 newly recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and their supervisors, together with representatives of the partner organisations, and the project management presented themselves and discussed the start-up of the ...

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