Exhibitor focus: BRAIN AG
Exhibitor focus: BRAIN AG
October 8, 2019
Press Release: BRAIN
There is an increasing demand for precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum or palladium, which are a key resource for many high-tech applications. But precious metals are rare and increasingly difficult to find. What can we do about that? Part of the solution is to stop treating precious metals as trash – at least that’s the stance of BRAIN, an E-Waste World Conference & Expo exhibitor
Every year, we end up with more than 40 million tons of electronic waste, with 1 ton of computer circuit boards alone containing up to 250g of gold and 1kg of silver. The production of 40 mobile phones – which have an average lifespan of just 2.5 years – requires around 1g of gold. And about 1 ton of gold ore needs to be mined in order to extract the same amount of gold. In the steel and metal industries, hundreds of millions of tons of dust, sludge or cinders containing precious metals are scrapped every year. Per ton, metallurgic slags, for example, may contain up to 20kg of gold as well as numerous other metals. Incinerator bottom ashes (IBA) partly serve as an asphalt ingredient for road-building. In Germany, up to 3 tons of gold and incredible amounts of other metals end up as road surfacing every year.
With these facts in mind, perhaps it is time to introduce bioeconomy game-changer technologies that allow us to treat secondary resources as valuable substances for an ongoing value creation.
E-Waste World Conference & Expo exhibitor, BRAIN AG, is a German bioeconomy pioneer and has developed such solutions based on modern biotechnology. The natural heroes that have been identified in the BRAIN BioArchive and further developed in labs are microorganisms. These bacteria – which are the industrial property of BRAIN – process secondary resources and thereby extract precious metals with yield rates up to 100% depending on the source material and metal. The technology has now been successfully transferred from lab to pilot scale. BRAIN is ready for partnerships to make use of the needed natural resources and technologies to develop efficient commercial applications.
BRAIN’s BioXtractor offers innovative, high-performing and safe biological process solutions for metal recovery from various waste and side streams and primary resources. It also represents a sustainable answer for decreasing ore grades, increased environmental protection and volatile markets and constitutes an exciting option to secure future precious metal supply. Moreover, it is a mobile, fully equipped, (self-) contained tech-scale operation unit ready for onsite process demonstration and adaptation to specific plant requirements. BRAIN’s solution is open for flexible business models for joint commercialization strategies with partners that want to create additional value out of their resources with sustainable technologies. It is additionally ready to be explored by enterprises willing to test, co-develop and jointly commercialize or license its microorganisms or the entire technology package at their own production plants worldwide.
The first BRAIN BioXtractor pilot container is based at BRAIN’s headquarters in Germany. The goal is to produce the first batches of BRAIN BioX-gold soon.
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