Recovering rare earth metals from wastewater

Recovering rare earth metals from wastewater

The vision that wastewater is not a waste, but a resource for water, energy, nutrients and other components, becomes more and more widespread. In a circular economy the recovery and reuse of such resources is key to success. KWR Watercycle Research Institute is currently involved in the development of breakthrough technologies for efficient resource recovery from wastewater. One of the latest areas of focus is the recovery of (rare earth) metal resources from wastewater. Recovering these resources from the water cycle could be of strategic importance to Europe and American countries, as natural reserves of rare earth metals are scarce on those continents. Wetskills participants will investigate the (economic) potential of resource recovery of those materials.


Wetskills Poster team 1 – KWR


KWR Watercycle Research Institute


June 2015


Wetskills United States 2015