Air Liquide SA

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees and serves more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its cr

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The company relies on competitiveness in its operations, targeted investments in growing markets and innovation to deliver profitable growth over the long-term.

To feed its appetite for innovation, Air Liquide relies on 1 000 researchers of 35 nationalities. Its global R&D network is based on 10 R&D hubs spread over 3 continents (Europe, America and Asia) for a customer oriented research.

Air Liquide address multiple sectors and is already a supplier for ferrous and non-ferrous primary metals market. The Company offers a broad range of solutions that help industrials to reach their objectives. Air Liquide's solution ensures fuel savings, a capacity increase, a high metallic yield, high quality products and a clean environment.

The objective of our participation in this project is to continue research and development around a new bioleaching concept using oxygen. This new concept, developed with partners BRGM and Milton Roy Mixing, will allow a reduced CAPEX while ensuring good performance.

Work packages

  • Work package 2: Air Liquide will provide expertise in the field of gas management, and will design and develop an innovative reactor for bio-leaching, in close collaboration with BRGM and MRM

Air Liquide SA
Paris-Saclay Research Center
1, chemin de la Porte des Loges
78354 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex

Dominique Ibarra

+33 (0)1 39 07 61 89

Helmholtz-Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie

Halsbrücker Str. 34
09599 Freiberg, Germany

BRGM - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières

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

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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