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Green Chemistry and Processes for the Environment Platform
The Green Chemistry and Processes for the Environment Platform develops materials and processes for environmental applications,
recycling, renewable energy components, hydrogen technologies, and carbon capture and recycling. The platform's philosophy is that the circular economy is an innovation driver. This means developing
processes that severely limit the use of critical materials, that have the recovery and recycling of materials built-in, and that include plans for reuse of materials in the original or related processes.
The platform is home to
experts in chemistry, chemical synthesis, chemical and physicochemical processes, and material forming processes. It is also staffed by people knowledgeable about
lifecycle analysis to ensure that the environmental impacts of the processes developed are limited.
Materials can be synthesized and eco-processed at the
pilot scale to facilitate scaling them up for industrial implementation.
A whopping 390.7 million tons of plastic were produced worldwide in in 2021––a figure that could skyrocket to 1.2 trillion tons per year by 2060 if something doesn't change. Among the environmental impacts of plastics are greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing, a problem that bio-based polymers could help solve.
A significant challenge for the electric motor industry is reducing reliance on rare earth elements in permanent magnets without sacrificing product performance. Recycling the magnets to recover and reuse these critical materials offers a solution. But the magnets are notoriously tough to separate from the motors...
CEA-Liten is leading efforts to develop a high-performance, economically competitive, and sovereign permanent magnet manufacturing industry in France. The recovery and recycling of critical materials will be one of its main pillars.
€9 million in investment
600 sq. m of clean rooms
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.