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Metal Recovery: An Efficient Example of Integrated Leading Technologies for Cobalt Recovery EITRawMaterials

About This Course

Cobalt is used in many applications that support the shift to a low-carbon economy. Therefore, the demand for cobalt is rapidly increasing; and so is its price.

Currently, the EU imports about 65% of its cobalt (approx. 10,000 tons/year) and only 35% is produced from secondary sources, such as the recycling of spent batteries, super-alloys and hard metals; as result the European Commotion considers Co as Critical Raw Material.

The Crocodile project is a perfect and efficient example of integrated leading technologies for Cobalt recovery: different Co-bearing sources (like Lithium batteries, Electric Vehicle-batteries and cobalt catalysts) are processed into a high-quality cobalt concentrate by applying a unique combination of advanced mechanical, wet mechanical and pyro-metallurgical process. This project aims to drastically reduce the supply risk of cobalt for the European industries by increasing the efficiency of recovery processes for cobalt.

The webinar will have the following structure for the 50’ of duration

• 10’ Why cobalt?

• 30’ The Crocodile project: its aims, activities and benefits

• 10’ questions and answers


30 April 2019


11:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)


The objectives of this webinar are :

• Understanding the importance to recovery CRMs for EU Economy (study case on cobalt)

• Understanding the importance of advanced technologies and integrate approaches in the CRMs recovery: Crocodile Project rapresents a perfect example using processes with lower energy costs and environmental impacts and combining technologies in a compact commercial mobile system.

• Learn Innovative Pre-treatment and Chemical Treatments (as solvent ex-traction and electro-winning, etc.)


People who are conscious about critical raw materials in terms of technologies and economy strategies. University students that want to have a wide-ranging vision on chemical treatments for metal extraction and physical and chemical pre-treatment. Researchers and employees of industrial companies that want to improve their knowledges and stay tuned on European Community Actions.

Course Staff

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Teresa Sessa

Teresa Sessa (Phd) is Research and Development Manager at Relight


She has a Bachelor degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering obtained at Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli in Aversa and a Master’s Degree in Land and Environmental Engineering at “Università degli Studi di Napoli, Federico II”, in Naples. Her research interests include Circular Economy and Urban Mining.