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Part of the consortium at the kick off in Luleå, Sweden in February 2020.
Part of the consortium at the kick off in Luleå, Sweden in February 2020. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Kick off for project BatterFlai in Luleå, Sweden

Published: 8 May 2020

The BatterFlai projectsetsthe basisforfuture commercialisation of a new sustainable and green flotation collector. A positive outcome of the project will provide a concept with the potential to strengthen international competitiveness in the sector. BatterFlai is focused on verifying a sustainable and efficient processforthe recovery of battery minerals using lignin nanoparticles as flotation collectors.

The 4 year project, coordinated by Luleå University of Technology, kicked off in early February 2020 in Luleå, Sweden (ending in December 2023). The BatterFlai project has a strong scientific base in the project research partners; Luleå University of Technology, RISE Research Institute of Sweden and National Technical University of Athens and is organized along the value chain through Boliden AB, KGHM Cuprum, KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., Hellas Gold, Colloidtek, IMN and LTU Business to support the scaling up of an efficient and selective green flotation collector, contributing towards an expanding circular economy and new business opportunities within and outside Europe.

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  • Contribute to the transition to a fossil-free society by developing technologies that will help to cover the demand for advanced metals.
  • Demonstrate a sustainable flotation processforthe efficient production ofthe non-ferrous metal concentrates needed for the manufacturing of Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Hence contribute to the transition to a fossil free society.
  • Lowering environmental impact and generate additional income or the mining industry by merging activities with the forest industry.


The project got financing granted from EIT RawMaterials, a body of the European Union. EIT RawMaterialsisthe largest consortiumin the rawmaterialssector worldwide. Its vision isto develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Its mission is to enable sustainable competitiveness of the European minerals, metals and materialssector along the value chain by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship.


From late May or early June 2020 you will be able to follow the progress of the project on our project website and also subscript to our newsletter get regular information about the project, progress and results.


Professor Paul Christakopoulos, Luleå university of technology (project manager) Cell phone +46 92 049 25 10

Professor Ulrika Rova, Luleå university of technology (deputy project manager) Cell phone: +46 70 240 13 15

Dr. Per Storm, EIT RawMaterials (senior advisor) Cell phone: +46 70 594 90 24

Anton Norberg (communications manager) Cell phone: +46 70 638 89 57