Adele Peters of Fast Company reports on a startup that is repurposing mining waste.
- When extracting one or two metals, mines will leave behind mining waste called “tailings,” which contain precious metals in the form of sludge or crushed rocks.
- Phoenix Tailings, a Boston-based startup, has found a way to gather the metals in tailings using a water-based mining process and electric separation.
- The company has successfully used its process to re-mine neodymium at a pilot plant and is working with the Department of Energy to carbon-negatively extract nickel.
- Free market innovation is creating clean energy and environmental progress.
Read the full article here.