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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.
“The goal is to produce BRAIN BioX-gold.”