Presented by Bill Olson (ASM), Carol Handwerker (Purdue), Joanne Larson (Seagate)
The iNEMI Project on Value Recovery from Used Electronics is an industry-led, multi-stateholder collaboration focused on creating a robust, sustainable circular economy (CE) for hard disk drives (HDDs). Reuse of functioning hard disk drives recovers the highest value. In addition, new innovative applications and recovery technologies have made it possible to recover rare earth elements and reuse rare earth magnets and other valuable components in new HDDs. The iNEMI project was designed to have members from across the HDD supply chain team, at least one of each type of organization that needed to be at the table to create a viable circular economy. The team included an HDD manufacturer (Seagate), large volume users of HDDs (Google, Microsoft, and Cisco), IT asset management companies ( Geodis, Teleplan, Cascade Asset Management, and Echo Environmental), magnet manufacturers using recycled feedstock (Urban Mining Company), REE recovery companies (Momentum Technologies), technology developers (Ames Laboratory, Critical Materials Institute, Idaho National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Purdue University, and University of Arizona) and NGOs (Green Electronics Council.) In this end-of-project webinar, the Phase 2 project team will report on how the project was organized to create a sustainable CE system and on the five CE demonstration projects that show how used hard drives can be securely and economically wiped and sold as HDDs or the magnets can be used as components for new HDDs, as feedstocks for magnet-to-magnet manufacturing, or as feedstock for REEs as oxides. The next steps in creating a robust circular economy for HDDs, beyond the demonstration projects carried out here, will be discussed.
This is a public webinar.