GeoMegA Resources Inc. (TSXV:GMA), together with FFE Service GmbH, announced that based on free flow electrophoresis technology, GéoMégA’s physical separation process has the potential to reduce the capital required to build separation facilities as compared to conventional techniques.
As quoted in the press release:
The graphic results (click here) from the three (3) tests highlight the following advantages compared to conventional techniques:
- All REE are separated simultaneously and not sequentially;
- Purity level is 100%.
The process uses no organic solvent which should have a very positive impact on the mitigation of environmental risks in addition to reducing operating costs. The next series of separation tests aims to isolate “neighbour” REE such as neodymium (Nd) vs. praseodymium (Pr) and dysprosium (Dy) vs. terbium (Tb). Results will be disclosed as they become available.
GéoMégA President and CEO, Simon Britt, said:
Not only the separation occurs simultaneously, the slower and less abundant heavy REE are the easiest to isolate using our physical approach. A lot of process optimization and engineering work ahead of us but the confidence level in commercial scale-up is now very high. The world is funding research and development for a sustainable alternative to solvent extraction dominated by China, this breakthrough developed with our partners over the last two years leads us to believe we are close to succeeding.