“The first rare earth magnet recycling plant outside Asia will be launched in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on the South Shore, by the end of the year, announced Friday Géomega resources.”
Kiril Mugerman: We are recycling those magnets. When we receive them, what happens is that we crush them if we receive them as solids. Sometimes we receive them as powders already, which is crushed material. Then it goes into a reactor where a process happens. It’s a sequence of three reactors where basically a process goes from one to the next one to the next one and we get our final product. The closer it goes towards the end of the process, the more similar to a traditional process. The first stages are very different and innovative, and do not produce the same waste that are produced in traditional technologies today.
However, Quebec and Canada are light years away from having an integrated industry, says Kiril Mugerman, president and chief executive officer of Ressources Géoméga, an SME from Boucherville that owns the Montviel rare earth deposit. , in the Nord-du-Québec region.
“The sooner we produce oxides in North America, the faster we will attract companies capable of making alloys,” he insists.
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Geomega owns 100% Innord, the innovation arm focused on scaling up “ISR”, a local, environmentally friendly REE recycling and refining technology
2020 Targeting initial production from the demonstration plant / 2020年的目标是使示范工厂初步投产
CEO Kiril Mugerman says, “With the joint action plan on critical minerals collaboration that was signed between United States and Canada (last week), we are starting to see the first concrete steps by both countries in securing supply chains for the critical minerals needed for important manufacturing sectors, including communication technology, aerospace and defence, and clean technology.
“We envision that our demonstration plant in St-Bruno can become the center of Quebec’s rare earths hub that would bring these critical materials back to North America.”
” Most importantly is the access to major seaways with access to the Port of Montreal, 20 minutes, which is the largest container transhipment centre in the Great Lakes system – Saint Lawrence Seaway and a direct link to Europe and the East coast of the United States and the marine terminal in Contrecoeur which is only 30 minutes away. Furthermore, the region is served by Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) railways. The region is already host to the Canadian Space Agency and several major international firms. “
“The construction of the industrial complex was completed at the end of 2019 with final detail work currently ongoing. The location provides space for the demonstration plant and for future expansions which was an important selection criteria for the Corporation. ” 2020-01-14 NEWS RELEASE
As described in our news release titled, “Geomega selects Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville in Quebec for the Rare Earths recycling demonstration plant”, we have announced the location for our rare earth magnets (REM) recycling demonstration plant using its proprietary ISR technology and signed a long term lease for an industrial site in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.
Look and learn about the location of “St-Bruno” in these images from Google Earth.
While there are already a couple of rare earth recycling enterprises in China with large capacities, albeit not environmentally benign, there is only one commercial magnet recycling company in the rest of the world with a competitive, environmentally benign concept.
That company is Geomega in Canada.
From all the rare earth companies I know, this is the only one who has a chance to turn out rare earths oxides in North America from 2020.
“At every stage from the day that you produce oxide and send that to the metal manufacturer, the metal manufacturer produces waste. That waste goes back to us. The metal then goes to the magnet manufacturer who makes those special shapes for the different motors and that produces more waste. That waste goes back to us. Then the final product goes to the manufacturer, whether it’s cellphones, wind turbines, or electric motors. And then there is disposal. At the end of the disposal stage, there is still a collection and that collection point is missing today because nobody is there to buy the magnet waste. We are the first ones to do it and that’s why we are going to set up this full closed-cycle within North America and pretty much everywhere outside of China…” Mr. Kiril Mugerman.
“People are starting to talk about it. We started talking about it five years ago! Today, we are slowly starting to see the US government, the Canadian government, and the European Union all waking up to the reality that you do need to go after the circular economy behind rare earth elements.” Kiril Mugerman, November […]
Despite the challenges the rare earths market faced in 2019, those INN spoke to remain confident that the growing importance of the critical metals will translate to price growth and prosperity long term. “We think pricing for neodymium oxide will keep moving between US$40 and US$50 per kilogram, a healthy range,” said GeoMegA’s Mugerman. “Demand […]
“Here’s a quick summary of our model,” Kiril Mugerman. “What we are going to be processing is 1.5 tons per day of magnet waste. What is magnet waste? It gets produced from grinding down the magnets down to final shape and, as well, the end of life material. It’s all running at 30% rare earth […]
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What you will see here is that we went from being a mining company ten years ago to focusing today on the refining and recycling of rare earths. Why that’s very important is because going and building a mine is not so easy. We are not that far from the only US mine that was […]
Geomega is scaling up a decade-in-the-making environmentally friendly processing technology to begin commercial production of saleable rare earth products from various waste feeds in 2020.
“The (mining) project is not forgotten, it’s still within the company,” said Mugerman, “but today to bring it to value is very hard. It’s a very high risk for a company to begin committing hundreds of millions of dollars when you don’t control your destiny — if the price goes up, China can still bring it down.”
Geomega Resources is improving its proprietary ISR technology as it moves closer to being Canada’s first rare earth elements recycler and the only one outside China. The company operates a pilot plant and has made several optimizations recently.
Geomega Resources (TSXV: GMA) plans to put Canada on the map as a producer of rare earth elements (REE) — not by building a mine, although it hopes to do that one day too — but by initially recycling them from the permanent magnet industry with a technology developed by its privately controlled subsidiary, Innord. Geomega claims Innord’s in-situ recovery (ISR) technology, which has been developed over the last five years, can separate and extract rare earth oxides from the waste left over from the manufacturing of permanent magnets as well as from permanent magnets in motors used in wind turbines and electric vehicles that have reached the end of their lives. It can then sell the rare earth oxides it extracts to end users. “Rare earth magnets are the future of the rare earth industry, and developing the recycling of permanent magnets and permanent magnet residues is just as important as developing new mines,” says Kiril Mugerman, , president and CEO of Geomega and Innord.
Price volatility for rare earth minerals is expected due to shifting demand and supply Nils Backeberg, senior analyst at Roskill, educates Proactive Investors on today’s markets for rare earth minerals, with particular attention to factors influencing demand and thus prices. Roskill will be publishing a report on rare earths later this month.
“We started developing the technology from very small scale. You need to be careful — it’s a difficult task. Separating earth elements is one of the most complex chemical processes in the world. Our idea was that we will have our own technology and that will help us to build a mine. The leverage really came when we started developing this technology. We decided that we didn’t want to have a black box where nobody knows how it works and we need to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to build a mine. Instead, we started going towards proving that our technology works by processing existing feeds. The best existing feed is an industrial residue, which is coming from the main application of rare earths — permanent magnets.
To demonstrate and de-risk our technology for the mining scale, we are currently working with the permanent magnet industry to process their waste.
First, our process to adjust the magnets and separates rare earths from iron. That residues is then reprocessed to separate irons from valuables, such as cobalt. The mixed rare earths PLS is further processed to separate one rare earth at a time to 99% plus purity. Once all the rare earths are separated, the reagent is recovered to restart the process.
Once demonstrated on a small commercial scale with magnetic residues, innord’s modular technology can then be easily applied to a mining operation. This technology has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of rare earth mining to reduce the current cost of rare earth separation and to ultimately bring rare earth production back to North America.
We are Geomega. We offer a clean, innovative solution to rare earth separation without any organic solvents. Our scale-up model is based on recycling and gradually increasing the capacity with the mining scale while generating cash flows. Our approach substantially lowers the capital and the market risk while de-risking the technology.