The plant makes use of a brand new course of developed by RTFT to extract excessive purity scandium oxide from the waste streams of titanium dioxide manufacturing. Commissioning is underway and output will ramp as much as 3 tonnes of product yearly. The long run addition of extra modules might improve capability.
“In lower than two years, we’ve gone from testing a course of to extract this crucial materials in a lab to having the ability to provide roughly 20% of the worldwide market,” stated Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium managing director Stéphane Leblanc. “It is a testomony to our staff’s capability to assume exterior the field and ship on our commitments.”
Scandium oxide has functions in strong oxide gasoline cells, lasers, lighting merchandise or as an additive in excessive efficiency alloys.
(This text first appeared within the Canadian Mining Journal)