Sustainable metal extraction in the circular economy
Global demand for mineral resources is constantly growing, as is the dependence of regions like Europe on imports of precious and technology metals. At the same time, ore content in mines is decreasing, while environmental protection requirements in this sector of industry are becoming more and more stringent. Traditional recycling technologies find it hard to deliver when it comes to recovering specific metal fractions from waste streams. In Germany alone, up to three tons of gold from waste incineration ash end up in landfilling every year.
BRAIN has developed highly efficient technologies based on special microorganisms in its Green & Urban Mining programs. For urban mining, these technologies have already been transferred from lab scale to demonstration scale in BRAIN’s BioXtractor. For green mining applications, the process has been successfully scaled up to the metric ton level in cooperation with CyPlus GmbH.
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The BRAIN BioXtractor:
- is the bioeconomy game changer technology for next generation metal extraction based on biotechnology and microorganisms identified in the BRAIN BioArchive.
- offers innovative, high-performing and safe biological process solutions.
- provides a sustainable answer to decreasing ore grades, increased environmental protection requirements and volatile markets.
- is ready to get explored by enterprises willing to test, co-develop and jointly commercialize or license our microorganisms or the entire technology package at their own production plants worldwide.
“The goal is to produce BRAIN BioX-gold.”