Last March 8th, the NEOHIRE consortium met in Brussels to kick-off the project. All partners discussed the details of the implementation of the work plan for the following three years of research.
NEOHIRE project (NEOdymium-Iron-Boron base materials, fabrication techniques and recycling solutions to HIghly REduce the consumption of Rare Earths in Permanent Magnets for Wind Energy Application) aims to research and develop new Permanent Magnet material technologies and solutions, in order to achieve a High Efficient Electric Power System based on highly optimized Wind Turbines with a strongly reduced dependence of Europe Access to Critical Raw Materials, especially rare earth elements (REE).
All partners introduced their companies to the EC Project Officer, highlighting their respective role in the project: AICHI, Fraunhofer LBF, INDAR, Kolektor, KU Leuven, Università degli Studi Firenze, University of the Basque Country, University of Birmingham and CIDAUT are coordinated by CEIT.
In this project, CIDAUT will lead WP3 “Permanent Magnet prototyping, modelling, and simulation in windpower generators”, being directly in charge of the magnetic and mechanical properties simulations. CIDAUT also cooperates in WP5 “Life-Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the developed solution” supporting UNIFI to calculate the LCA associated to the new magnet.
More info about the project can be read here.