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.