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Technology news - 15 March 2014

Taiwan-based Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp has confirmed full operational status of its plasma plant, which uses Tetronics technology.

The technology is capable of recovering more than 98% of platinum group metals (PGMs) from spent catalysts and will be used to process and recover precious metals and PGMs from spent catalysts and electronic waste. 

This marks the 86th installation of the technology in resource recovery and hazardous waste treatment.

The Solar plasma plant achieved full licensed operational status following the successful completion of the Final Acceptance Test (FAT).  It will process up to 1,850 tonnes per year of spent catalysts, producing 120,000 troy oz of PGM based on typical automotive catalysts profiles. 

Graeme Rumbol, Tetronics International chief executive said: “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Solar over the coming years and supporting them as they roll out their plans for rapid growth.”

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