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REWAS 2013 pp 100-109 | Cite as

ISASMELT™ for Recycling of Valuable Elements Contributing to a More Sustainable Society

  • Gerardo R. F. Alvear F.
  • Stanko Nikolic

Abstract

Metals are essential for modern lifestyles. As standards of living improve and metal consumption increases, it is evident that raw materials are becoming scarcer. The recycling of metals is essential if we are to build a more sustainable society. ISASMELT™ Top Submerged Lance (TSL) technology can enable plant operators to recycle metals efficiently. The implementation of the ISASMELT™ technology for the recycling of valuable metals at Umicore Precious Metals Refining in Belgium and Aurubis AG in Germany are both good examples of how ISASMELT™ technology can be used to recycle a range of metals. Visionary people motivated by the need for a technological breakthrough have developed novel processes for recycling complex materials incorporating the ISASMELT™ technology.

This paper describes how the ISASMELT™ technology is used to recycle a range of materials. It highlights one of the most important strengths of the technology: its versatility and capacity to be incorporated into new, innovative applications.

Keywords

ISASMELT™ TSL Copper Recycling Smelting 

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© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerardo R. F. Alvear F.
    • 1
  • Stanko Nikolic
    • 1
  1. 1.Xstrata TechnologyVancouverCanada

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