SUSTAINABLE METAL RECYCLING AND URBAN MINING
In view of the global economic and population growth and the constant high demand for high-quality metals and metal alloys for diverse industrial applications, the consequent recycling of used metals and metal-containing components is becoming increasingly important. Natural resources are finite and therefore not suitable alone to ensure the future supply of primary raw materials alone. This is where JC ECOMET comes in and cooperates with waste disposal companies, recycling companies and industrial partners in order to use and refine these raw materials as directly and decentrally as possible. Urban mining describes the exploitation of the fact that a densely populated city can be seen as a huge raw material deposit. This corresponds to the intention of ECOMET, in the sense of the circular economy, of continuously used metals for their recovery and refinement.
ECOMET in combination with urban mining means: collecting and recycling instead of mining, transporting and smelting with fossil fuels.
Valuable raw materials
Tons of metal sources are not reused globally and in our society, whether in the modern form of coffee capsules, smartphones and solar modules or traditionally from the automotive and shipping industries with their tonnes of metal-containing mixed products or catalysts or batteries. In view of the increasing global demand for “intelligent metals”, for example in the development of light motors as well as in the electrical and IT industry, JC ECOMET’s Green tech concept focuses on the production of these alloys and not on raw materials such as iron and steel.
The technological core is state-of-the-art DC plasma furnaces (the ECOMETs), which, thanks to the core temperature of 4000 degrees Celsius and more, extract high-quality metal alloys from just about any type of metal and electrical scrap. Even metal dust can be melted directly into metal again.
The JC ECOMET Group operates internationally and is currently developing several production facilities in different countries. The aim is to produce as decentrally as possible where there are sufficient quantities of raw materials instead of having to transport them around the world. Garbage and scrap tourism is significantly reduced.
Decentralized production also reduces dependencies in the processing industry, which in recent years has included became a risk again due to emerging trade and customs disputes.
The first JC ECOMET system is running in Finland, the next ones are due to start in Germany and the Netherlands.
Mining and metal processing represent one of the greatest global ecological challenges. The JC ECOMET process reduces CO2 emissions in the production of metal alloys by up to 98 percent compared to traditional production processes. At the same time, energy consumption is reduced by up to 50 percent, water is not used at all.
The recycling of metal scrap by JC ECOMET makes a significant contribution to the fight against global warming.