Pilot plants for resource valorisation, substitution of critical raw materials and circular economy
Facilities (laboratory and pilot plants) for the development of valorisation processes, based on hydrometallurgical, pyrometallurgical, ionometallurgical technologies and their combinations, to offer a solution to waste management problems. These actions are focused on the recovery of the elements with high value that are present in the waste and that can be used either as substitutes of conventional raw materials (metals of high economic value or critical metals, for example), or in the reuse of non-contaminated waste after the treatment of removing impurities. The asset also includes facilities specifically designed for the metallurgical industry for developments related to energy and resource efficiency and towards circular economy concepts such as new furnaces, new heating systems, new processes for the recovery of metals from waste, ores or slags and processes for the energy recovery from industrial waste.
The processes can be performed at different levels of scale, from laboratory tests for a preliminary or more basic investigation, to validations of processes at pilot plant level.
Electrolysis pilot plant at molten state (20-400 Kg capacity), for the production of aluminium, magnesium and other metals from complex ores or wastes.
Hydrometallurgical treatment plant consisting of three glass reactors, two of 80L and one of 50L volume. Working temperature from room to 80ºC at atmospheric pressure with pH and redox control availability.
Metallurgical furnace for the recycling and valorisation of industrial waste (High Power Thermal Plasma torch heating system with a 200-250Kg/h capacity furnace). Versatile and modular to treat different type of waste (both metal and metal oxides) and quantities, so it will be adaptable and replicable to different industrial processes.
Pfaudler reactor: 40L volume glass lined (enamelled) reactor able to work up to 6 bars pressure and 200°C temperature.
Plasma pilot plant including plasma reactor, postcombustion chamber, quentching and bag filter
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