Düsseldorf, 06. Dezember 2018

UrbanGold - complete solution for electric scrap recycling

Every year, more than 40 million tons of electronic wastes are collected and is a valuable source of metals. Professional recycling is not only an ecological advantage, but offers economic incentives. Domiciled in Austria, UrbanGold GmbH offers solutions for the metallurgical treatment of non-ferrous grades gained from WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) materials. Since 2016, SMS group and UrbanGold, market the Urban- Gold’s technology that serves the efficient recycling of precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, nickel and copper. More than 98 percent of these metals can completely be recovered and converted to pure metal products. Recent studies demonstrate that the payback period to the users may be less than two years.

The key component of UrbanGold’s technology is HENRI (High Energy Noble Reactor). It permits the smelting and recycling of low-grade materials with a share of organic material of up to 50 percent. Cooling the furnace vessel with the ILTEC Technology from Mettop is a basic condition for safe process with minimized refractory wear by HENRI. Due to the low-grade materials to be smelted, m gas treatment is an important aspect in UrbanGold’s technology.

In the middle of 2018 we performed pilot test at the IME in Aachen/Germany and in 1Q2019 we carry out demonstration tests in Scandinavia in a 1:8 scale.

The plant will be established near Moscow and process about 6,000 tons of printed circuit boards per year. It will be used to produce LME grade metals such as copper, nickel, gold, silver, and platinum. The required process was developed within the scope of cooperation between SMS group GmbH, UrbanGold GmbH, PolyMet Solutions and Mettop. The package of SMS group comprises the supply of all components, i.e. facility for mechanical preparation of the raw materials, TBRC converter (Top Blown Rotary Converter), refining furnace (PolyRefine), casting wheel, electrolysis, gas cleaning and automation systems. SMS group will prepare the engineering, supervise erection and commissioning, and train the customer‘s personnel.

UrbanGold, a spin-off of SMS group’s joint venture partner Mettop in Austria, is responsible for the equipment design and for the metallurgical process. Mettop will supply all components needed for electro refining. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for 2019.

Furthermore we are working on several detailed feasibility studies for larger recycling plant in Europe, the US, then Middle East as well as in some parts of Asia.