Using Bio-inspired Lixiviants to Selectively Extract Valuable Metals from Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator Ash



Program:
Special Projects
Award:
$1,100,755
Location:
Santa Barbara,
California
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
03/03/2021 - 03/02/2022

Project Innovation + Advantages:

Current environmental, capital equipment, and reagent unit costs of metal extraction and refinement, including from waste minerals, are high. A technical solution will increase the domestic supply of metals as well as reduce consumer cost of downstream power and new technology devices. Lixivia Inc. proposes to use bio-inspired molecules, complemented by conventional chemical reagents to reduce reagent costs, the environmental burden of using such reagents, and the capital equipment needed to produce metals from MSWI ash. Simultaneously, the project will introduce step-change capabilities in metal-selective extraction and refinement from MSWI ash.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Douglas Wicks
Project Contact:
Dr. Michael Wyrsta
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
mwyrsta@lixivia-inc.com

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