Pilot plant activities

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​PASSENGER has an ambitious objective of replacing permanent magnets containing rare-earth elements (REE) with elements based on natural resources abundant in Europe.  Activities led by the project partners will consist in substituting these elements, and integrating them in electromobile devices.

3 main Pilot Actions will each be divided into different steps and implemented by project experts in 8 different Pilot Plants across Europe.

PILOT ACTIVITIES

Pilot action 1

Steps:

  • Fabrication of MnAlC powder
  • Fabrication of a MnAlC-based compound for bonding technologies
  • Fabrication of Mn-Al-C bonded magnets
  • Fabrication of fully dense Mn-Al-C magnets

Result

Complete substitution of traditional RE magnets with new Mn-Al-C magnets

Pilot action 2

Steps:

  • Fabrication of improved ferrite powder
  • Fabrication of a ferrite-based compound for bonding technologies
  • Fabrication of improved ferrite bonded magnets
  • Fabrication of improved ferrite sintered magnets

Result

Partial substitution of traditional RE magnets with improved Sr-ferrite magnets

Pilot action 3

Steps:

  • Implementation of PASSENGER magnets in gearboxes and actuators

  • Complete substitution with PASSENGER magnets in e-scooters, e-bikes and e-motorbikes

  • Substitution with PASSENGER magnets in e-cars: sensing, gearshifts, drive- and brake-by-wire, active suspension controls, headlights range adjustment and battery management

  • Substitution with PASSENGER magnets in the rotor of a pump motor

Result

Integration and validation of the newly developed RE-free magnets

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