Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles ((H)EVs) are essential for the transition towards sustainable e-mobility. The permanent magnets in motors/generators of (H)EVs are either NdFeB or SmCo magnets, which contain large quantities of rare earths, which are critical metals with the highest supply risk for Europe.
As highlighted by the European Rare Earths Competency Network, recycling of rare-earth magnets from (H)EVs should receive top priority. Reclaiming of rare-earth magnet motors/generators used in (H)EVs is a major challenge because the magnets are difficult to remove from the assemblies.
DEMETER, the European Training Network for the Design and Recycling of Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators in Hybrid and Full Electric Vehicles, concurrently develops (1) innovative, environmentally-friendly direct and indirect recycling strategies for the permanent magnets in the motors and generators of (H)EVs that are currently already on the market and (2) design-for-reuse solutions for motors and generators in the (H)EVs of the future.
- EU Horizon 2020 project.
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN)
- Duration: 01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019
- KU Leuven
- Jožef Stefan Institute
- Magneti Ljubljana d.d.
- The University of Birmingham
- Grenoble INP
- Aalborg University
- Less Common Metals
- Granta Design
- Universitatea Babes-Bolyai