Innovative Projects

With its capacity to innovate, Extracthive is involved in many collaborative and innovative projects on the recycling of complex industrial waste (carbon fiber from composite materials, ceramics, lithium ion battery, industrial effluents containing lithium, Life Cycle Analysis, etc...). These projects are often funded through European calls for projects such as REA-MIN, KIC EIT Raw materials, Horizon 2020.

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PHYre® - Inn​ovative solution to treat End-of-life and production scraps composite materials

Extracthive is developing with the support of the Région Occitanie and the EIT Raw Material, a process to recover high quality carbon fibres from carbon reinforced plastic.
Our process is based on a soft solvothermal approach enable to produce long fibres with preserved mechanical properties.

To know more about this technology, please check our dedicated website.


Our pilot unit
25 kg/batch


A demonstrator unit will increase the recycling capacity up to 340 tons year in 2023


Next-lib - Novel Circular Economic Approaches for Efficient Extraction of Valuables from Spend Li-Ion Batteries

The dominating technologies applied accross the world to recycle lithium-ion battery (LIB) are simple and efficient with main focus on recovery the high value metals like Co, Ni and Cu. The other critic materials like lithium and graphite are often lost.
Shredding of LiB is another major challenging. Though a number of technologies are used in commercial scale, they are often slow or have to be operated under a carefully arranged inert system in order to minimize the fire risk due to high content of flammable electrolyte in the LiBs.

The NEXT-LIB project has the intention to develop a number of new technologies to meet the challenges addressed above which will enable safe shredding operation, possible electrolyte recovery, graphite recovery and Li-enrichment by pyrometallurgical approaches etc. The project is funded by the REA-MIN2 program.


Imp@ct - Integrated Mobile Modularised Plant and Containerised Tools for low-impact mining of small, high-grade or complex deposits

The current mining paradigm promotes extraction from large ‘world-class’ deposits that have required innovations in mining techniques to deal with low grades, large infrastructure to deal with high throughputs and large feasibility studies to prove long-term commercial viability. 

The problem is most extreme for critical raw materials that are produced in small quantities relative to traditional metal commodities because the potential return on investment is too low.

The IMP@CT project proposes a solution that develops a new switch on-switch off (SOSO) mining paradigm to improve the viability of many critical metal and other small complex deposits. The whole systems approach that we have adopted to realise the SOSO mining paradigm centres around technological innovations in mining equipment design that would reduce infrastructure, land use, resource consumption and waste production.

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LICO - Solution to ​recover lithium from industrial waste

Since 2016, Extracthive developed a process to produce lithium carbonate and other lithium salts from various industrial waste streams. Our demonstration unit is expected to be commissioned by September 2020. We’re actively looking for industrial companies interested in either providing us lithium containing wastes or employing our lithium salts.

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Our demonstrator


100 kg/hour of lithium carbonate

2 m3/hour of effluent treated


PROPER - New sustainability metrics to improve recycling PROcess PERformances regarding resource use, environmental impacts and economic benefits

The exploitation of natural resources generates economic development, but compromises the associated natural capital and produces environmental impacts. The European Commission considers the decoupling between economic growth and resource use as the central core of strategies on eco-efficiency of resources. List of resource efficiency indicators measuring this decoupling exists but suffers from some criticisms.

The goal of PROPER is to develop resource efficiency indicators to be applied in the private sector to take better decisions, for both investment and commercialization, in the context of primary and secondary production. This development relies on life cycle approaches to address the overall loop closing evaluation in a circular economy perspective. Furthermore, such indicators are tools to measure the sustainability performances of materials production. To reach this objective, PROPER aims at developing indicators and testing their applicability in a process perspective by studying three substances (silicon carbide, chromium oxide and graphite) and their primary and secondary productions.