The annual EIT RawMaterials KAVA Upscaling Projects grant has been awarded to the REFLUXTM Flotation Cell (RFCTM). Preliminary planning for the project has now been started by a consortium of mine sites, chemical companies and universities which is led by FLSmidth. The goal is to upscale the RFC technology and accelerate commercialisation during the 3-year project. This will involve pilot and full-scale testing and eventual sales of full-scale equipment for the copper and iron ore industries, among others.
The RFC technology, invented by Professor Kevin Galvin of the University of Newcastle in Australia, has an entirely new internal design compared to traditional flotation methods.