Work Packages Structure
The project is divided into 9 Work Packages (WP) taking into account the technological development as well as the process validation and the exploitation approach. WP1 will focus in raw materials sampling, characterization, preliminary treatments and selection. WP2 is part of the mandatory treatment of the raw materials, which have to be concentrated; the WP pursues enhancing of concentration technologies, especially in environmental issues.
WP3, WP4 and WP5 form the core of the technological developments in the project. The division in three parallel RDI lines has a triple intent: (1) allows a standardization and effective comparison between results of the different technological alternatives; (2) selects and optimizes the best technological integrated solution for each type of raw material; and (3) maintains separate core knowledge and technologies between global leaders companies that will combine collaboration with market competition. Every new hydrometallurgical process line will be tested at lab and pilot scale and it’s mandatory to reach the last level of processing with metal production to validate them.