Rare Earth Elements (REEs) are critical and non-substitutable raw materials with high economic importance for European industry, as they are crucial components for a broad range of advanced products.

The main goal of the SecREEts project is to establish a stable and secure supply of critical rare earth elements based on a sustainable extraction from European apatite sources used in fertiliser production.

Pilot processes will be developed for the innovative extraction, separation and transformation of rare earth elements. SecREEts pilots will focus on the metals Praseodymium (Pr), Neodymium (Nd) and Dysprosium (Dy) used in permanent magnets, as these are extremely critical for the European economy. These REEs will be supplied to application areas like automotive (electric vehicles), industrial motors (advanced manufacturing) and, potentially, clean energies (wind turbines).

Industrial implementation of the pilots developed in SecREEts will lead to a supply of at least 3000 tons annually of REEs to European industries in 2023, with 75 M€ in estimated value. The technology developed in this project will be able to cover approximately 10 percent of the Europe's need for rare earth elements.

In collaboration with the Horizon 2020 project SUSMAGPRO, SecREEts have launched the online tool, DiscoveREEs, for those who want to learn more about Rare Earth Elements and why they are so important in our modern lives. 

DiscoveREEs - digital citizen lab

Project information

Years: 2018-2022
Coordinated by SINTEF AS
EC Cordis: SecREEts, project ID 776559

Project partners: Yara International ASA, Less Common Metals Limited, REEtech AS, Quantis, Vacuumschmelze GHBH & CO KG, Prospex Institute, Institut national de l'environnement et des risques (INERIS).

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Project coordinator

Arne-Petter Ratvik

Senior Research Scientist
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Arne-Petter Ratvik
Senior Research Scientist