The BIOMIMIC project was presented at the ERAMIN II success story session at the Raw Material Week in Brussels on November 18, 2019.
Karin Willquist from RISE Research Institues of Sweden (Project coordinator) explained how BIOMIMIC has created water recovery and waste reduction values that create economic drivers for recovering metals from complex waste such as flyash, bauxite residue leachate and mine drainage.
The presentationen included the impact of potential innovations on the European metal supply, including economic drivers for recovering metals from complex waste.
Karin Willquist explained that BIOMIMIC applies novel reactor design to avoid inhibition and increase rate of the sulphate reduction bioprocess and uses the generated hydrogen sulfide to selectively precipitate metals, increase the value of the products. The next step is to scale up the process to TRL (Technology readiness level) 5 and to perform the technoeconomic and lifecycle assessment.