A joint venture aims for an industrial recycling concept
The goal of Adven-FMG Sodium Sulphate Solutions Oy is to develop a technically and economically feasible way of recycling the sodium sulphate in industrial discharge water into industrial commodities, and then offer solutions to potential customers. We hold 49% of this joint venture company established in 2021. Our partner in the project is Adven Oy, which specialises in industrial energy and water solutions.
Towards a plant-scale solution
Finnish Minerals Group initiated the assessment of technologies suitable for processing the sodium sulphate generated in mining and metal refining processes in 2015. Since then, we have piloted many technologies for various industrial applications relevant to Finnish Minerals Group.
A significant amount of sodium sulphate is generated as a by-product in the production of high energy density cathode materials. Utilising our research, we are now working with Adven to develop a concept for processing the sodium sulphate generated in the production of cathode materials. Our work on the concept has reached the pilot phase and we are currently making plans for commercial-scale solutions.
Creating a service model
There is not enough demand in Europe for the sodium sulphate generated in the production processes of the mining, battery and forest industries, and it makes no sense to transport it elsewhere for processing. For this reason, it is important to create solutions for European industry on the basis of a completely new model.
Adven-FMG Sodium Sulphate Solutions aims to create a concept and offer solutions to industry as a service. Our joint venture company is already cooperating with the battery value chain’s industrial operators in the new concept’s development phase.