Researchers at the University of Utah and Virginia Tech successfully demonstrated several concepts - separation technologies to enrich pyrite for bio-oxidation; column leaching with bio-oxidation and extraction of REEs; concentration of REEs by solvent extraction; and iron removal along with REE recovery by precipitation - ultimately achieving production of 36.7% mixed REO concentrates from coal-based resources.
Anthony Zinn, Federal Project Manager, NETL
Michael Free, University of Utah
Supported by NETL, the Research Triangle Institute continues its work on rare earth element recovery and enrichment using novel recovery technologies as nanofiltration membranes to extract these valuable elements from acid mine drainage.
Omer Bakshi, Federal Project Manager, NETL
Dr. Zachary Hendren, Research Triangle Institute
NETL-supported research at the West Virginia Research Corporation shows that nearly 100 percent of all REEs in coal-based acid mine drainage (AMD) can be recovered at high purity, and progress along the pathway to commercialization
Jessica Mullen, Federal Project Manager, NETL
Paul Ziemkiewicz, West Virginia University
Plasma technology integrated with traditional leaching and extraction processes was shown by the University of Kentucky and their subcontractor Virginia Tech to recover rare earth elements from coal samples. Moving forward, the challenge for NETL and its partners is refinement and discovering how to make this process economically attractive by industry.
Jason Hissam, Federal Project Manager, NETL
Dr. Rick Honaker, University of Kentucky Research Foundation
Researchers from Ohio State University have demonstrated that a conceptual three-stage trap-extract-precipitate (TEP) process can successfully recover rare earth elements (REEs) from coal mine drainage (CMD). The team from Ohio State has been working closely with several key stakeholders in the region, including those from the public sector (Ohio Department of Natural Resources and City of Columbus), power generation industry (American Electric Power), and non-for-profit organizations (The Wilds).
Karol Schrems & Anthony Zinn, Federal Project Manager, NETL
Chin-Min Cheng, John Lenhart, Jeffrey Bielicki, Tarunjit Butalia,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
The Ohio State University