Vanadium sustainability in the context of innovative recycling and sourcing development


This paper addresses the sustainability of vanadium, taking into account the current state-of-the-art related to primary and secondary sources, substitution, production, and market developments. Vanadium plays a critical role in several strategic industrial applications including steel production and probable widespread utilization in next-generation batteries. Confirming the importance of vanadium, the European Commission identified and formally registered this metal on the 2017 list of Critical Raw Materials for the European Union. The United States and Canada have also addressed the importance of this metal. Like the European economy, the American and Canadian economies rely on vanadium and are not globally independent. This recognized importance of vanadium is driving many efforts in academia and industry to develop technologies for the utilization of secondary vanadium resources using hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical techniques. In this paper, current efforts and their outcomes are summarized along with the most recent patents for vanadium recovery.


Vanadium; Criticality; Properties; Production; Recycling


M. Petranikova (1), A. H. Tkaczyk (2) A. Bartl (3) A. Amato (4) V.Lapkovskis (5) C.Tunsu (1)


(1) Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Kemivägen 4, 421 96 Gothenburg, Sweden
(2) University of Tartu, Institute of Technology, Ravila Street 14a, 50411 Tartu, Estonia
(3) TU Wien, Institute of Chemical Engineering, Getreidemarkt 9/166, 1060 Vienna, Austria
(4) Polytechnic University of Marche, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences-DiSVA, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
(5) Riga Technical University, Scientific Laboratory of Powder Materials & Institute of Aeronautics, 6B Kipsalas Str, Lab. 110, LV-1048 Riga, Latvia


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Waste Management, Vol. 113, 15 July 2020, pp. 521-544