Every year in Europe more than 3.5 million tonnes of electronic waste arise. This conceals a massive potential source of metals – not just non-ferrous metals (e.g. copper and nickel, etc.) but also more than 300 tonnes of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. However, we loose a large part of these urban resources through export, landfill and incineration.
Current state-of-the-art metallurgical processing only allows a limited fraction of electronic wastes to be used in raw material supply, and low value metal containing goods are hardly utilized. Together with its partners, Urban Gold has developed a technology to extract metallic raw materials exclusively from these goods. This represents a significant competitive advantage, as in addition to expanding the raw material supply base, the share of lucrative precious metals recovered is substantially increased.
Urban Gold is planning to build and operate a first fully industrial plant for the Austrian raw materials market. Starting from the crushed and sorted electronic scrap fractions, approximately 4,000 tonnes of copper, up to 200 tonnes of nickel and more than 10 tonnes of precious metals will be recovered as technically pure metals.
– Urban Gold has developed a technology for directly winning valuable and precious metals from electrical and electronic scrap or concentrates in a standalone compact system
– The core technology consists of a reactor which allows processing of 100% electrical and electronic waste concentrates
Source: Urban Gold