May 17, 2020

Israeli Eco Wave Power recognized

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IsraeliEco Wave Power, an innovative wave energy company, was chosen as a finalist at the Intesa Sanpaolo Bank's “Cleantech Start-Up Initiati...

Israeli Eco Wave Power, an innovative wave energy company, was chosen as a finalist at the Intesa Sanpaolo Bank's “Cleantech Start-Up Initiative.” Thereby, being among the first ever Israel-based cleantech companies to be chosen to take part in the prestigious competition, and get to the final round.

This honor adds to the recognition received by Eco Wave Power in the recent year by winning the Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award, being chosen to participate in ABB's Innovation day in Zurich, Having its co-founder, Inna Braverman receive nomination as the “Young Executive of the Year,” and now getting to the Finals of the Cleantech Challenge.

“We are proud to be part of the elite selected cleantech companies, and hope that Israeli technologies will keep pushing the boundaries of invention and reach implementation all over the world,” said David Leb, founder and CEO.

Jonathan Hadar from the commercial and Investment office, a branch of Israel's Ministry of Economy in Milan also congratulated the company.

The Cleantech Start-Up Initiative by Intesa Sanpaolo Bank is a annual business plan competition aimed at supporting the best cleantech companies from Europe and all over the world. It presents a unique fundraising opportunity for companies active in the Cleantech field.

In the first phase, Eco Wave Power was selected to go through training and selection process coordinated by Silicon Valley angel investors INCube, and was chosen as one of the most promising concepts and teams.

In the next phase, Braverman, pitched to a panel of experts (industry players, investors and researchers), who provided structured feedback and selected the finalists, which will move to the final stage of the program.

As a result, Bravermen, will pitch Eco Wave Power's project in the final round to a wide audience of financial and corporate investors, who are top players of the innovation ecosystem.

The best among the finalist start-ups will be given an opportunity to take part in an International Roadshow covering UK Germany France  and the U.S. to reach more investor audiences and maximize their chances of success.

The event will be held Nov. 12 at Centro Congressi Stelline, Corso Magenta 61, Milan.http://rt.prnewswire.com/rt.gif?NewsItemId=enUK201311060098_prnj&Transmission_Id=201311060638PR_NEWS_EURO_ND__enUK201311060098_prnj&DateId=20131106

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

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manganese
USA
Scott Birch
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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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