VanProd - Innovation for Enhanced Production of Vanadium from Waste Streams in the Nordic Region, 2017–2020



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VanProd - Innovation for Enhanced Production of Vanadium from Waste Streams in the Nordic Region, 2017–2020

Our main goal is to develop vanadium recovery technologies for solid and liquid wastes, which are currently not utilized in Nordic area and additionally pose an environmental threat to the surrounding milieu. The specific aims are to:

  1. Characterize vanadium wastes in the Nordic region (chemical, mineralogical and microbial properties).
  2. Develop an innovative extraction methodology for vanadium from solid mineral waste with chemical and biological leaching.
  3. Develop vanadium recovery from liquid waste streams.
  4. Implement/modify the vanadium recovery system from pregnant leach solutions.
  5. Increase the competiveness of Nordic industries in the growing international market for clean technology that can be implemented by SME.

The VanProd Consortium is made up of three partners, University of Oulu  (Finland), UiT The Arctic University of Norway  (Norway) and Kjeøy Research and Education Center  (Norway), and one associate partner Linnaeus University  (Sweden). The project has started in September 2017 and will end in August 2020. VanProd is financed by the EU program Interreg Nord.

Project has five work packages:

WP1. Project management (Leader University of Oulu)

WP2. Characterization of vanadium containing waste streams and hazard assessment (Leader UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

WP3. Metal extraction from solid wastes (Leader Kjeøy Research and Education Center)

WP4. Metal recovery from liquid waste streams (Leader University of Oulu)

WP5. Dissemination (Leader UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

The steering committee consist of members and experts from the VanProd consortium partners, Merox SSAB Europe Oy, Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (North Ostrobothnia, Finland), Remiks Produksjon AS, Titania AS, Boliden AB, Terrekta Ab, and Aquaminerals Finland Oy.

Project description in Finnish, Swedish, Sami.

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Tiina Leiviskä, Docent, Dr. (Tech.)

Chemical Process Engineering, University of Oulu


Tel. +358 (0) 294482386


Last updated: 23.1.2020