Australian Strategic Materials’ (ASM) joint venture partner has produced 20.8 kg of high purity titanium metal, with a purity of 99.83 per cent (pictured).
South Korea’s Zirconium Technology Corporation (ZironTech) produced the metal, confirming the energy usage at approximately 30 per cent of the standard titanium industry processes.
The company’s metal technology energy usage is 35 kW per kg compared to the industry standard Kroll process that uses 117 kW per kg of metal, and shows significant environmental benefits.
ASM Managing Director, David Woodall said: “Being able to successfully produce high purity metal without incurring the traditional environmental impact is a very significant result for ASM.
“Our JV team has achieved this result using 70 per cent less energy, with none of the environmental contaminants of comparable titanium industry methods.”
ASM is focused on producing specialty metals and oxides for advanced technologies in Australia, and is the owner of the Dubbo Project which houses a resource of critical materials zirconium, rare earths, niobium and hafnium.
Woodall said the company was focussed at ensuring these high purity permanent magnet metals and titanium metals do not cause the environmental impacts of traditional methods.
“With our exclusive worldwide licence to commercialise this clean and environmentally responsible metal-refining technology, ASM is well positioned in its strategy to add value to all Dubbo products.
“ASM’s focus is now commencing a metal plant feasibility which will confirm the optimal size of a plant in Korea, with the opportunity to build additional plants in key manufacturing areas in Australia, North America, and Europe”
ASM was recently de-merged from Alkane Resources to pursue the Dubbo development.
Picture: Australian Strategic Materials
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