United Kingdom / Taiwan – Tetronics of the UK, a leading supplier of direct current plasma waste recovery plants for treatment of hazardous waste and for metals recovery, has formed a partnership with Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp. of Taiwan – one of the world’s leading players in precious metals and rare materials refining.
The two companies will be investigating opportunities for utilising plasma technology to extract valuable metals from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and industrial/auto catalysts across a number of countries in the Far East.
Supply of the first plasma plant, for installation in Taiwan, is already under way for the recovery of precious metals – including platinum group metals – for subsequent final refining. The patented plasma technology will also destroy any hazardous organic material such as dioxins that may be contained within the material.
Dr Ma, Chief Operating Officer at Solar, explains: ‘We are not simply buying a plasma solution; we are more importantly building on an already strong partnership with Tetronics that will see us leveraging other spent catalyst and related opportunities in Taiwan, China and further afield. Tetronics’ support has been essential to the Solar team and will be instrumental in progressing these opportunities going forward.’
The process chemistry in Tetronics’ plasma recovery technology is designed to symbiotically and preferentially separate and recover the valuable material in electronic waste while destroying any hazardous components. The remaining non-valuable material is vitrified into an inert and disposable non-hazardous material in a single processing step.