” don’t forget about swarf,” Adam Baylis, January 22nd 2020.
To close the loop in the circular economy, as they call it, you do need to recycle. Funny enough, they do recycle in China. They do recycle rare earth magnets in China and they are basically the leader in that. Nobody talks about it.”
Geomega owns 100% Innord, the innovation arm focused on scaling up “ISR”, a local, environmentally friendly REE recycling and refining technology
2020 Targeting initial production from the demonstration plant / 2020年的目标是使示范工厂初步投产
Geomega is scaling up a decade-in-the-making environmentally friendly processing technology to begin commercial production of saleable rare earth products from various waste feeds in 2020.
“The (mining) project is not forgotten, it’s still within the company,” said Mugerman, “but today to bring it to value is very hard. It’s a very high risk for a company to begin committing hundreds of millions of dollars when you don’t control your destiny — if the price goes up, China can still bring it down.”
Geomega Resources is improving its proprietary ISR technology as it moves closer to being Canada’s first rare earth elements recycler and the only one outside China. The company operates a pilot plant and has made several optimizations recently.
To demonstrate and de-risk our technology for the mining scale, we are currently working with the permanent magnet industry to process their waste.
First, our process to adjust the magnets and separates rare earths from iron. That residues is then reprocessed to separate irons from valuables, such as cobalt. The mixed rare earths PLS is further processed to separate one rare earth at a time to 99% plus purity. Once all the rare earths are separated, the reagent is recovered to restart the process.
Once demonstrated on a small commercial scale with magnetic residues, innord’s modular technology can then be easily applied to a mining operation. This technology has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of rare earth mining to reduce the current cost of rare earth separation and to ultimately bring rare earth production back to North America.
We are Geomega. We offer a clean, innovative solution to rare earth separation without any organic solvents. Our scale-up model is based on recycling and gradually increasing the capacity with the mining scale while generating cash flows. Our approach substantially lowers the capital and the market risk while de-risking the technology.