Germany – Accurec, which specialises in industrial metal refining and recovery, has been presented with the German Raw Materials Efficiency Award by the country’s Federal Minister of Economics Dr Philipp RÃ¶sler.
Also present at the ceremony was State Secretary Dr Bernhard Heitzer who praised the company for the various energy-efficient and emission-free treatment processes it has developed for end-of-life products in recent years.
In accepting the award, Accurec said ‘treatment for metal recovery has become very challenging as steadily increasing product performance results in more complex products’. At the core of its success, it added, has been its thermo-chemical treatment in a vacuum reactor, which ensures that metal-hydroxides or metal-oxides normally related to organic compounds are ‘selectively converted to organic-free clean metals’.
The technology has resulted from research conducted alongside scientists from the Institute for Metallurgical Processing, located at the University of Aachen, Germany. Two additional research projects for thin-film-photovoltaic panels and electronic vehicle batteries were begun last summer, Accurec notes.
Given that the renewable energy sector is ‘an emerging market that is developing phenomenally’, Accurec’s Managing Director Dr Reiner Weyhe stated that ‘an enormous motivation and task’ lies ahead for the company in the next couple of years.
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