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Copper removal / recovery
Pure copper is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent of various metal alloys.
Recycling is a major source of copper in the modern world.
A combination of economic and regulatory factors are now at work to make metal recycle and water reuse very attractive.
This recycle consists of a series of chemical, physical, and electrochemical processes.
Methods have evolved and vary depending on the ore source, local environmental regulations, and other factors.
Ion exchange is a major step in the recovery / purification of metals.
By using the ION-IX continuous counter-current ion exchange technology, the recovery / purification of metals is done in the most economical efficient way, which reflects its benefit also to the environment.
Example of Copper and Nickel separation with the ION-IX technology
Example of Copper recovery after purification with the ION-IX technology