Since 2013, VITO has been part of the European expertise network ReNEW. Altogether, 19 knowledge and research partners from north-west Europe join forces through ReNEW to add value to diverse waste streams.
The innovation network ReNEW encourages innovation in the waste sector in north-west Europe through technology development and policy support. The ReNEW partners showcase various new technologies and also develop an innovation roadmap.
VITO focuses on recycling chromium-rich metal slag originating from the production of stainless steel. It recycles pure chromium and processes the slag residue into high-quality construction materials. Moreover, through refining, VITO also recovers organic waste streams such as waste paper. The organic matter present can be biologically converted into valuable chemicals. From the remaining material, bio-energy can be extracted. This way, VITO paves the way to a European recycling society, which uses waste as a resource and reuses materials completely.
- Partner project of 19 knowledge and research partners in five European countries
- Duration: January 2013 - June 2015
- Budget: €4,880,000, of which Interreg IVB North West Europe is contributing €2,440,000