May 17, 2020

Dutch Company, Liam F1, Launches Virtually Soundless Domestic Wind Turbine

Green Tech
Clean Tech
Liam F1
Green Tech
Admin
2 min
The new Liam F1 turbines are virtually soundless.
A Dutch company has recently produced a new, soundless, domestic-use wind turbine and allows a yield more than three times traditional standard turbines...

A Dutch company has recently produced a new, soundless, domestic-use wind turbine and allows a yield more than three times traditional standard turbines.

The Archimedes, a research and development firm based in Netherlands released the Liam F1, a turbine they claim carries a yield of 80 percent. Presently, turbines have a maximum yield of 25 percent, allowing the wing turbine to produce more energy out of wind, rather than traditional models.

The Liam F1 is also able to generate 1.500 kWh of energy (at a speed of 5 m/s) or half the power consumption of a European household due to its screw form, a design element engineered by Richard Rujitenbeek. By connecting roof solar panels to a home, the wind turbine is able to produce enough energy to sustain the necessary amount of energy to maintain the average European household.

Normally, wind turbines are not popular among households since the wind turbines generate a low-volume of wind and are very loud. However the Liam F1 can potentially introduce technological advancements for future wind turbines, marketing to a domestic consumerism.

According to CleanTech Canada, “By combining the form of a nautilus shell, the theories of Greek scientist Archimedes and his own mathematics, inventor Marinus Mieremet created the Liam F1 to have little resistance, making it virtually soundless.” By promoting a silence feature, the Liam F1 can potentially create a competitive market, promoting to those that prefer a quieter, more efficient domestic wind turbine for their home.

The Liam F1 has already proven to be successful by already selling over 7,000 turbines in 14 countries. With the technological advancements comes promise for potentially smaller turbines for water vehicles, such as boats.

According to dearchimedes, The Archimedes website, “The company is built on the re-invented formulas, drawings and principles of Archimedes. A durable symbiosis however is possible: Wind turbines can produce “clean” energy from Earth’s energy. The rated output will make this possible while power plants can remedy customers’ remaining demand with “dirty” energy. For households, clean energy can be realized with The Archimedes wind turbine. All our products are based on the 3P-princible, Our company works by following the waste hierarchy, we calculate our products on the Total Cost of ownership and we are trying to archieve the best possible eco-balance with Life Cycle Assessment.”

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

cleantech
manganese
USA
Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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