Unique Recycling Plant

High-Purity Metals from Electrical Scrap

23. Juli 2021, 09:10 Uhr   |  Heinz Arnold

High-Purity Metals from Electrical Scrap
© Aurus

First gold bar - produced in Aurus' recycling plant.

The SMS group has installed the world's first recycling plant that recovers very high proportions of high-purity metals from electrical scrap.

The so far unique plant, which combines pyro- and hydrometallurgical processes, enables operator Aurus in Mzensk, Russia, to extract metals such as copper, nickel, gold, silver and platinum from e-waste. The Greenfield recycling plant is designed to recycle 6,000 tons of e-waste and 10,000 tons of copper scrap annually. According to the SMS group, this represents an important milestone not only for the recycling technology itself, but for the global recycling industry as a whole.

SMS was commissioned in 2017 to develop this recycling plant. "Despite the circumstances related to the Corona pandemic, we successfully realized and commissioned the plant," Maxim Lobanov, CEO of Aurus, which is part of the Ecopolis Corporation, is pleased to report.

The scope of supply included the Top Blown Rotary Converter (TBRC) as the meltdown unit, an anode treatment furnace, the casting wheel, the electrolytic treatment unit, the precious metal recovery unit and the dedusting unit. In addition to the supply of all core components, long-term service contracts were also concluded to optimize the availability of the plant.

There is already a global electronic scrap volume of more than 45 million tons per year. The recycling market in this area is growing continuously. As part of a global innovation initiative, SMS has expanded its Group activities in the direction of integrated systems for recycling non-ferrous metals.

Under the "BlueMetals" label, SMS develops and builds recycling plants for electrical and electronic scrap of different qualities for annual processing capacities of between 1,000 and 120,000 t, thus making an important contribution to a sustainable recycling economy.

The Ecopolis Group is Russia's only operator of facilities for the recycling of electrical and electronic waste.

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