For more than 20 years Brgm has been developing bioleaching of non-conventional resources to recover base and rare metals, with expertise in microbiology, process engineering and process integration. Lab and pilot experiments have been performed on sulphidic materials such as Kupferschiefer resources, rich in organic matter and carbonates. Also, research work led to an industrial operation to recover cobalt from pyritic tailings in Ouganda. Current developments concern 2m3 large batch tests with patented floating mixer and dedicated gas injection to increase leaching outputs and kinetics and reduce CAPEX/OPEX.
Bioleaching of primary and secondary sulphidic resources
New use for roasted by-product
In the production of zinc, a sulphur-rich by-product is formed which is normally disposed of. Reworking the material into a usable product offers economic and environmental gains for industry and society. Read more
Acceleration of industrial innovation to secure high-quality nickel supply
After successful testing of a pilot project by NewEco, a partnership supported by EIT RawMaterials, the ERAMET Sandouville plant in France is undergoing an upgrade that allows it to replace suppliers in the South Pacific with a new European source for nickel concentrate. Read more
From iron and manganese oxide wastes to valuable metal alloys using novel carbon sources materials
The Go-4-0 project aims to turn waste streams from the metal industry into valuable products. The proposed approach relies on synergies between secondary raw materials and reducing agents originating from different sectors (ferroalloys production, ironmaking and end-of-life products recycling). The new processing route will be first optimised at pilot scale at CRM (agglomeration, thermal pre-processing and melting), and then demonstrated in semi-industrial furnaces of Eramet.
Read more about Go-4-0
We bring ideas into industrial use
Assessment of a metal recovery plant process modification
When the customer wanted to review process modifications at their metal recovery plant, they contacted the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) for an independent study and plant processing trial. The project resulted in verification of the improved metal recovery process, but also identified additional opportunities for improvement to further efficient and easier management of the operating process. Read more
Development of a Discrete Event Simulation Model for Recycling Process Scenarios
Read about the project where MPI conducted discrete event simulation modelling of two different operating scenarios for recycling and recovery processes using the Rockwell Arena Software.
Elkem Technology is a partner in EMPRESS, EU-project on temperature control
Thermodynamic modelling and reaction kinetics of processes
The Materials Processing Institute (MPI) was asked to develop a thermodynamic and kinetic process model for the compositional evolution of steel, slag and inclusions produced in a secondary steelmaking reaction vessel at operating conditions of 1550-1700 °C. Read more
Projects of GTK
GTK conducts projects all around the world.
Innovative technique for the selective recycling of ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete waste
Ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) is a new type of concrete with improved performances. It is used in a wide range of applications from the most demanding structures such as bridges to architectural buildings. From the viewpoint of sustainability, the treatment of UHPFRC after the service period of structures should be considered.
Extracting valuable metals from slag
Boliden Harjavalta aims to even better valuable metals recovery from the slags generated in the production of metals. To achieve this the company ordered a pilot-scale project from GTK Mintec. Read more
New construction materials from metallurgical by-products
The RECOVER project aims to convert metallurgical by-products like copper slag and red mud into high value-added construction materials (e.g. thermal insulating building blocks, fire resistant tiles, etc.). Different options for the needed thermal pre-processing of red muds is being evaluated by pilot tests at CRM. Read more
Implementation of a new industrial plant based on pilot scale developments that ables to produce nickel salts and metals
Thanks to the NewEco project funded by the EIT Raw Materials, ERAMET Research has improved and tested at pilot scale the hydrometallurgical process of ERAMET Sandouville plant to strengthen its position in the high-purity nickel market. This project is one of the first success story of the EIT Raw Materials.
Read more in the EIT Raw Materials CLC Central Newsletter, July-August 2017
Rare earth recovery from secondary resources
In the ENVIREE project a complete extraction process for secondary sources of REE is investigated. Read more
New process saves energy
Outotec has developed a process for hot magnetic separation of metallic fine-grained concentrates and products. The process has been verified with the aid of Swerea MEFOS’s pilot plant. Read more
Development of high-purity solar silicon
In Swerea MEFOS news, May 2016 you can read about Swerea MEFOS and Elkems collaboration to identify the most efficient method/process for producing solar Silicon.
A simple and innovative way to treat industrial effluents from the production of alumina
Read about Extracthive’s successful project for the aluminum oxide producer Alteo.
Better surfaces and less scrap
Thanks to new mathematical models SSAB has increased the quality of its steel. Swerea MEFOS has conducted a project for developing the models that are used to optimise continuous casting and to determine if and when certain surface defects occur. Read more
New mould thermal monitoring system for a steel slab caster
The Materials Processing Institute (MPI) was asked to design and install a new mould thermal monitoring system for its client’s continuous slab casting machine. Read more
New technique curbing vanadium import
Vanadium is an economically important metal in the EU. To produce vanadium in Europe, raw materials must be imported, despite the existence of several unused vanadium resources in the EU. Swerea MEFOS and Mustavaaran Kaivos Oy works together in a project where the aim is to develop methods to extract vanadium. Read more