Extracting industry metals sustainable and cost-efficent

EcoMetals is a transnational research project aiming at the development of innovative biohydrometallurgical processes for the extraction of copper and other (associated) metals from coppershale.

Biotechnological processes are an energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive way for extracting and recycling important industry metals and strategic high tech raw materials. In EcoMetals project, methods involving bacteria, other microorganisms, and biomolecules are used to leach metals from the ore (bioleaching) and selectively separate them (biosorption, biomineralization).

Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie

Halsbrücker Str. 34
09599 Freiberg, Germany


www.hzdr.de

BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières

avenue Claude Guillemin, BP 36009
45060 Orléans Cedex 2, France


www.brgm.eu

EcoMetals is a transnational research project aiming at the development of innovative biohydrometallurgical processes for the extraction of copper and other (associated) metals from coppershale.. The project receives funding from the French ANR (L’Agence nationale de la recherche) and the German Ministry of Education and Research BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) under the reference number 033RF001.

In total, 17 partners from science and industry collaborate in this project. Start of the project was in February 2014 and it will run until June 2017. 

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