Laser-based sensor technology for recycling metals instead of mining mineral resources

Press Release / January 21, 2021

In order to help the industry have greater access to raw materials, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Cronimet Ferroleg. GmbH have jointly developed a laser-based sorting process for metal scrap as part of the BMBF-funded “PLUS” project. A new sensor they have developed makes the recycling of metallic raw materials many times more efficient than previously possible. The EU project “REVaMP” goes one step further: In this project, Fraunhofer ILT experts have also been contributing their expertise in the field of materials analysis at the European level since January 2020, thus making an important international contribution to securing a resource-efficient supply of raw materials in the long term.