Business challenges

Many industrial processes and especially mining are seen by many people as dirty, polluting, expensive, risky and as a source of environmental disasters. Today it is more and more difficult to open new mines for environmental reasons and social acceptance of mining is very low. However, our global welfare is based on availability of the critical metals and minerals.

The era of cheap mineral resources for industrial use is coming to an end: raw materials, water, air, biodiversity and terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems are all under pressure, e.g. due to industrial processes and mining. The only solution to this problem in the short term perspective is to minimize hazardous waste production and to re-use waste as a resource and raw material, thus minimizing environmental impact and enhancing social acceptability.

EPSE technology provides a unique one step process solution for both hazardous waste treatment and mining water treatment industries. Current technologies require the use of several technologies in many steps to achieve results which can easily be achieved in one simple step with EPSE technology. For example, in mine water treatment as well as in industrial waste water treatment EPSE technology offers a disruptive solution: from the current goal in existing mines and waste treatment plants to make waste water harmless with complicated very expensive technologies, equipment and processes to a goal where waste water is used as raw material for production of critical metals with a technically simple EPSE technology.

From the commercial perspective the EPSE method is also disruptive. Today, e.g. surface treatment industries are paying treatment plants between 500-1.000 €/m³ to take their hazardous waste and make it harmless. Preliminary calculations show that it would still be profitable for the treatment company to actually pay for the waste. For example, hazardous waste from electronic industry contains 1000 times more copper than in concentrated water in normal mining activity. In the mining industry EPSE technology offers a one step processing of hazardous waste with outstanding results, cost efficiency and purification and extraction of metals from the precipitate.

Above said applies to currently operating mines within the current mining paradigm. However, in the long run EPSE technology offers a paradigm shift in the mining industry by becoming a major production technology.