BIOMIMIC – on the way to a sustainable metal supply

With the escalating demand of metals in an increasing global population, Europe is confronted with the challenge to secure a sustainable metal supply. Lack of cost effective technology to extract heavy metals from hazardous, metal-rich fly ash collected in complex municipal solid waste streams has escalated societal challenges due to environmental as well as monetary costs. Fly ash could instead be a resource for metal recovery. Another challenging waste stream is hazardous waste from alumina production.

The BIOMIMIC project addresses key problem areas of complex waste processing. The primary objective is to create and validate new biotechnological metallurgical methods that have the potential to concentrate metals in dilute solutions while leaving the residue free from toxic substances. It will be achieved through technology development of biotechnological methods pertaining to treatment of waste streams.

The project is coordinated by RISE and funded by Vinnova (Sweden), Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung (Germany) and Geological Survey (Ireland).

Nordic BioEngineering AB is one partner in this project, and our role is to be work package leader for the development of biotechnology trials in lab, based on our microbial products and of sulfate reducing bacteria.

The objective of the work package is to increase technology readiness level of sulfate bioreduction and metal precipitation of the relevant metal solution from waste incinerations plant from three to five by validating the technology in a relevant environment.

The objective is to develop a microbial consortia, use innovative reactor design and use readily available waste carbon source to reduce the cost. Validation in lab / pilot scale mimicking industrial conditions is also included in this work.

Read more on the project website.

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