EasyMining at COP25 in Madrid

The swedish circularity company EasyMining (part of the Ragn-Sells Group) has been invited to participate at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. At the conference, EasyMining will highlight the need to bring valuable resources, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and rare metals, back into the loop.

We will illustrate how EasyMining extracts key nutrients such as nitrogen and potassium from what today is classified as waste, using circular methods that reduce climate impact”, says EasyMinings CEO Jan Svärd.



EasyMining söker en processingenjör som vill bidra till cirkulär ekonomi

Är du vår nya kollega? Just nu söker innovationsbolaget EasyMining en entusiastisk processingenjör som vill bidra till samhällets cirkulära utveckling.

EasyMining är ett innovationsbolag i expansionsfas som tillhör Ragn-Sells-koncernen. Genom forskning och utveckling tar företaget fram processer som möjliggör utvinning och recirkulation av viktiga material från samhällets avfall. Nu behöver EasyMinings processingenjörer Peter Hörmander och Ida Blomgren en till kollega.

– Att få vara med och utveckla nya processer i ett ”start up”-bolag och bidra till minskat uttag av naturens råvaror och belastningen på vår planet känns väldigt motiverande, säger Peter Hörmander, senior processingenjör.

EasyMining erbjuder ett varierande arbete med både praktiska och teoretiska uppgifter. Det är korta beslutsvägar där du arbetar nära dina kollegor i ett sammansvetsat team.

– Det som är mest spännande med jobbet är att vi tar fram framtidens smartaste återvinningslösningar, det händer inte så ofta att man får vara med och göra det. Det är ett varierande arbete där det kan skifta snabbt. Inom ett mindre företag kan man vara med och påverka, vilket känns bra, säger Ida Blomgren.  

EasyMining finns i Göteborg och Uppsala och som processingenjör är du stationerad i Göteborg.

Vill du veta mer om tjänsten? Kontakta John Svärd, Manager Business Development, +46 704 93 60 53, john.svard@ragnsells.com

Läs mer och ansök på https://www.ragnsells.se/om-ragn-sells/jobba-hos-oss/lediga-tjanster/?rmpage=job&rmjob=1159&rmlang=SE

Recycling sewage sludge ash while producing sustainable concrete

EasyMining, Ragn-Sells, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Ramboll, and BIOFOS are working together on a state-of-the-art technology to build a sustainable future with circular economy, minimize waste, reduce CO2 emission, recover the life-essential resource phosphorus, and produce environmental-friendly concrete.

Phosphorus is a crucial element for all life forms and every cell of every living organism contains phosphorus. However, it is a limited resource which is primarily extracted from rock phosphate. The global reserves are concentrated in a few countries like Morocco and Western Sahara.

The EU is highly dependent on phosphorus import, and EU has therefore included phosphorus on their critical raw material list, and recycling of phosphorus is therefore high on the EU agenda.

World-leading phosphorus recovery technology

One of the waste sources globally with the highest phosphorus content is sewage sludge, and many countries in Europe are making new legislations demanding mono-incineration of sewage sludge and recovery of phosphorus from the sludge ash.

EasyMining is currently building full-scale plants (in Sweden and Germany) to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge ash through their Ash2Phos technology. These plants will, for example, treat sewage sludge ash from Sweden, Germany and from BIOFOS in Denmark.

In the Ash2Phos process, sewage sludge ash is dissolved in hydrochloric acid (ambient temperature, no pressure). Phosphorus, iron and aluminum are separated from the leach solution by precipitation steps in a unique combination. Thereafter, the solution is neutralized and treated to remove heavy metals. The recoverable elements are separated into three products: pure calcium phosphate (e.g. typically <0.1 mg/kg cadmium), ferric chloride and aluminum hydroxide.

These products can be used as raw materials in the existing fertilizer industry and for production of coagulants, which creates a closed loop. The recovered calcium phosphate can be processed into NPK fertilizers, ammonium phosphates, superphosphates, as well as into feed phosphates.

The sewage sludge ash contains a fraction which is non-acid soluble meaning that about 50-60% of the ash ends up as a silicate sand residue, and EasyMining wants to find a solution for this silicate sand residue to avoid landfilling it, and to contribute to circular economy and a sustainable future.

Silicate sand residue as cement replacement

This silicate sand residue can be used as cement-replacement in concrete. DTU Department of Civil Engineering (DTU-byg) and Ramboll have extensive experience from previous investigations in using similar kind of silicate sand residue as a cement substitute in concrete, which is a sustainable and economical solution for recycling the silicate sand residue. Earlier results show the possibility to replace up to 30% of cement in concrete with silicate sand residue without compromising the quality of the concrete. This sustainable concrete will get a red-ish color due to the high iron oxide content in the silicate sand residue.

Because cement production has a high CO2 food print, up to 1.2 tons of CO2 can be saved for every 1 ton of silicate sand residue used in concrete. This will have a huge impact of the global carbon footprint, since more than 8% of the total CO2 emission for the entire world comes from concrete production.

People worldwide are trying to find a way to make concrete production more sustainable, and this is a solution. We are therefore, for example, investigating how much of the silicate sand residue from the Ash2Phos technology that can replace cement without compromising the quality and streamline the cement substitution process.

Future potentials

Ramboll will perform a market analysis to investigate which markets are ready for this sustainable concrete, and find potential future partnerships, who wants to be part of this first green concrete. Ramboll will, for example, be in contact with cement and concrete manufacturers, companies (producing e.g. facades and tiles), construction firms, architects, etc.

All partners expect that a full-scale production can be ready by 2023-2024, and it is expected that this project will expand to other countries in the world besides just Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

This article is jointly produced by the project team including representatives from EasyMining, Ragn-Sells, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Ramboll, and BIOFOS.

Source: https://www.ragnsells.com/articles/recycling-sewage-sludge/

EasyMining’s circular nitrogen removal technology secures 19 MSEK

EasyMining has been granted a 19 MSEK investment from the European Union’s LIFE programme for commercializing its patented method for removing nitrogen from sewage water. The circular solution enables water treatment facilities to capture nitrogen and put it to use as a fertilizer, thereby reducing emissions of greenhouse gas.

– We are happy and honored to have the EU invest in our innovation, contributing to making nitrogen removal circular in Sweden and Europe. EasyMining’s technology puts to use the nitrogen compounds we have already produced, and helps to reduce marine eutrophication, says Anna Lundbom, who has headed the LIFE programme application process at the Ragn-Sells Group.

The technology has been developed and patented world-wide by Ragn-Sells’ innovation company EasyMining. Water with a high nitrogen content, for example in municipal sewage treatment facilities, is treated with an agent which crystallizes the nitrogen and causes it to precipitate. The nitrogen is then extracted from the crystals and may be used again in agriculture, where nitrogen is one of the key nutrients in commercial fertilizer. This offsets the need to produce virgin nitrogen compounds, thereby reducing the climate footprint of farming.
– When waste-water treatment plants use our method, they reduce their emissions of nitrogen compounds to nearby water, they reduce their climate footprint, and they save tax payer money. They do this by recovering nitrogen, a valuable nutrient, and making a real contribution towards a circular economy, says EasyMining CEO Jan Svärd.

Today’s nitrogen removal methods commonly release the nitrogen back into the air instead of recovering it. These methods typically use bacteria to separate nitrogen from the water, which also causes emissions of nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a powerful greenhouse gas which speeds up climate change 300 times more efficiently than carbon dioxide. The adsorption agent which crystallizes the nitrogen in the Ragn-Sells process is neither emitted nor consumed, but continually reused.
The project is a partnership between EasyMining, Denmark’s largest waste-water treatment company BIOFOS, Lantmännen, and Ragn-Sells’ Treatment & Detox business area. In the first phase of the project, the construction of pilot facilities is planned, and in three years, the patent will be ready for full commercialization. In addition to the use in waste-water treatment facilities, the method will also be used to treat runoff from landfills.

Through the LIFE programme, the European Union is allocating 3.4 billion euros to environmental and climate-related projects between 2014 and 2020.

Fact sheet: The process EasyMining’s nitrogen removal process is chemical in nature, as opposed to the bacterial methods commonly used in waste-water treatment plants in Sweden and Europe today. Water with a high nitrogen content, such as the water produced from de-watering of sewage sludge, is treated with an adsorption agent, which causes the nitrogen to crystallize and precipitate. Next, the nitrogen is extracted from the crystals and may be used again, while the adsorption agent is circulated back into the process.
The method can be used on any water which contains ammonium. The EU-backed project encompasses use in waste-water treatment facilities as well as runoff from landfills. Additional possible use includes treatment of manure, and liquids from biogas production facilities.

For more information, please contact
Jan Svärd, CEO, EasyMining, +46 70 978 64 74, jan.svard@ragnsells.com

Ragn-Sells Media Services,+46 70 927 24 00, medialinjen@ragnsells.com

Ragn-Sells board visits EasyMining in Uppsala

The board of Ragn-Sells had a very successful visit at EasyMining to view the new finalized pilot facility in Uppsala as well as discussing the upcoming Ash2Phos full-scale factory.

LKAB invests 4.3 million Euro in two pilot plants based on EasyMining’s CleanMAP technology

LKAB has decided to invest 4.3 million Euro in two pilot plants for extraction of near technical grade MAP (mono-ammonium phosphate) and REE (rare earth elements). The core technology is based on EasyMining’s CleanMAP technology and we are happy to see LKAB’s recognition of the technology’s value. A full scale plant is planned to produce 500% of Sweden’s yearly demand of phosphorus from mineral fertilizers, as well as 2% of the world’s production of rare earth metals. In addition to MAP and REE the process can produce gypsum, magnesium hydroxide and fluorosilicates.

Read more in English here and in Swedish here.

Another new resource strengthens EasyMining’s R&D team

We are happy to welcome Daniel Boman to Easymining’s team in Uppsala. He obtained his masters degree in chemical engineering at Uppsala Unniversity in 2018 and will foremost work with our Ash2Phos technology, as a chemical process development engineer.

EasyMining and BIOFOS enter partnership on phosphorus recovery in Denmark

EasyMining and the Danish company BIOFOS have signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for long-term cooperation on phosphorous recovery from incinerated sewage sludge. Biofos has today around 280 000 ton of mono-incinerated sewage sludge on their landfills and are producing around 8000 ton yearly. The partnership will focus on 20 000 tons per year for 20 years. Fully implemented can the partnership reduce Denmark’s imports of the critical raw material phosphorus by up to 10 percent.

You can read Biofos press-release here, and our mothercompany Ragnsells here.

A new resource strengthens EasyMining’s R&D team

We are happy to welcome Angela Van Der Werf to Easymining’s team in Uppsala. She obtained her PhD degree in organic chemistry from Stockholm University in 2018 and will among other things work with developing and optimizing our CleanMAP process, as a chemical process development engineer.