The Asia Miner

JUL-SEP 2019

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the asia miner • volume 16 • issue 3 26 WASTE TO ENERGY "One can imagine that the resource hungry industry is waiঞng for it!" A significant fact is that these industries do not need to source from primary mining. This can improve on their sustainability report by using high quality secondary raw material. The biggest incinerator in Copenhagen produces about 240,000 tonnes of bo•om ash per year. "We see that approximately 20 per cent of the waste that goes into an incinerator ends up as bo•om ash. Within this bo•om ash, 2 per cent is metal – pieces that range from 1-100 mm." At the incinerator, eddy current separaঞon can li[ the value in the bo•om ash from 2 per cent up to 50-60 per cent. This 50-60 per cent of treated bo•om ash is available on the market for sale – approximately 1,000 Euro per tonne. "This means we pay 2,000 Euro for 1 tonne of metals. The small pieces are important to me." CLOSED-LOOP PRODUCTION WITH STEINERT'S ACCURATE SEPARATION AND SORTING TECHNOLOGY Pedersen's focus is on aluminium and the high-end quality metals acquired from secondary smelters. He invests in the technology for the removal and reducঞon of free heavy metals and aluminium alloys. The process starts with a non- ferrous metal separator for the ZORBA-recovery from the IBA material, followed by the inducঞon sorঞng system, which extracts stainless steel in the next step. REDUCING DEPENDENCY ON PRIMARY METALS STEINERT XSS T (X-ray transmission) produces very clean aluminium by sorঞng out heavy metals and high-alloyed aluminium. The sorter detects so accurately that it creates a product quality of 99.9 per cent pure aluminium. The STEINERT KSS FLI XF (X-ray fluorescence) is state- of-the-art soluঞon for the separaঞon of the heavy metals into copper, brass, zinc and precious metals. More than 97 per cent purity of heavy metal products have been achieved. Customers, such as aluminium smelters, produce beverage cans from almost 100 per cent of Scanmetals' producঞon of that type of aluminium. Here, the closed-loop approach gets real. In the producঞon of beverage cans, producers have to take pure, new aluminium from mines. Pedersen's customers are very saঞsfied with Scanmetals' recovered resources quality so much so, they do not need to buy aluminium from the mines. It is a win-win situaঞon because the buyer can also improve their sustainability rates. The recovered aluminium can also be recycled up to 10 ঞmes without losing its quality. Scanmetals is comfortable in the knowledge it can source all its magneঞc and sensor sorঞng soluঞons from one partner. That includes the non-ferrous metal separators, inducঞon sorঞng, XRT and XRF – essenঞally making life easier and allowing for more producঞve ঞme to be spent on new recovery ideas. "There is no doubt that German cars are the best in the world. That is a fact", Mr Pedersen says. "I would put STEINERT on the same plaorm – efficient like a German Audi, reliable like a German Volkswagen. All my producঞon people trust them. The machines are easy to handle, and all the technical components are easy to understand and use." Not only is material quality the key to success, but also the delivery ঞme of the resources. This makes reliable machinery a crucial factor for material recovery success. When the company supplies aluminium to smelters – delivering to brands such as BMW 'just in ঞme' – Scanmetals need to deliver on ঞme too. Mr Pedersen has tailored his business in accordance to his customer's needs and market demands. Down ঞme is a criঞcal situaঞon. "If we were late, another supplier would be chosen. But we have very li•le downঞme", Mr Pedersen admits. "STEINERT's service department is highly sophisঞcated and helps us right away." WINNER OF THE PRESTIGIOUS "EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2018" AWARD At the awards ceremony, Ernst & Young awarded Mr Pedersen with a prize for Innovaঞon. This was for his contribuঞon to the industry via impressive business growth rates, innovaঞve strength and social commitment. During his acceptance speech, Mr Pedersen took a chance. He asked if somebody would invest in his idea, to bring his idea to the world by creaঞng jobs that save resources. "I have learned from mistakes. I built a business that is strong and a new idea that has a lot of potenঞal. I always faced challenges, took chances and I succeeded. This gave me confidence." Mr Pedersen sees receiving the EY Award as being recognised for his work. "I feel that I achieved something in life. They saw the ideas I have and that I can make them come true." A week post the awards, Mr Pedersen struck a deal with Lego. "They trusted in my ideas and plan to invest in expanding this next project in Europe, so that the material conঞnues to stay in the loop." The non-ferrous metal separator recovers ZORBA from the IBA up to 0.5 mm grain size

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