The Need: creating sustainable raw materials supplies
Facing human-made climate change, the decarbonization of the raw material sector is a primary necessity. At the same time, the increasing scarcity of input materials such as high-grade ores and new requirements of the manufacturing industry requires efficiency circular economy approaches.
Our contribution: smart metallurgy and circular economy processes
As material scientists and industrial engineers with extensive background in extractive metallurgy and ultra high-purity materials, we feel we can change how raw materials are generated: from Toxic, unsustainable and expensive to safe, carbon-neutral and cost-efficient.
Our Focus: specialty raw materials for clean-tech applications
Specialty raw materials are driving the clean-tech industry: from catalysts to LEDs, from batteries to solar cells, all require tightly specified raw materials to operate with maximum efficiency.
These specialty materials are typically energy intensive to produce, either because of their low natural abundance or because of very high requirement towards their purity. As a result, they have a large ecological footprint and are costly to produce.
This sector is strongly expanding and is ripe for novel supply routes.
SiQAL introduces a novel extractive production processes
SiQAL implements novel extractive production technologies to obtain high-value materials from low-grade ores or waste streams. With lean metallurgical processes, industrial wastes are up-cycled in a unique chemical reaction which results in a resource-efficient, highly profitable and environmentally benign process.
As an example, we have developed an extractive process top generated high-purity alumina that can convert wastes from the aluminum industry to sapphire crystals used in tech applications. We are currently transferring the process to a major aluminum producer in a proof of concept work.
We are based in Berlin, Germany.
SiQAL is supported by EIT RawMaterials
within the EIT booster program.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.