EasyMining and Gelsenwasser enter partnership on phosphorus recovery
EasyMining, a subsidiary of the Swedish environmental company Ragn-Sells, has signed a letter of intent with the German utilities company Gelsenwasser AG. Under the agreement, a pilot study will be carried out with the objective to create a facility for phosphorus recovery from incinerated sewage sludge in Germany, based on EasyMining’s patented Ash2Phos technology.
– Germany is the most ambitious state in Europe concerning phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge. We are proud and excited to work with Gelsenwasser in applying our unique Ash2Phos technology and recover valuable phosphorus from sewage sludge. More countries will follow the German example and demand innovative solutions to make use of the resources in their waste, says Ragn-Sells Group CEO Lars Lindén.
The pilot study intents to lay the groundwork for a possible investment in Germany´s first facility where phosphorus is extracted from incinerated sewage sludge using the Ash2Phos technology. The plant will be located in Bitterfeld-Wolfen in the eastern part of Germany and it is scheduled for opening in 2023.
Today, phosphate rock for fertilizer is mined, often in the world's largest phosphorus deposits in Western Sahara where the mineral is tainted with heavy metals, which are absorbed by produce grown in the fields. The European Union depends on imports for 90 percent of its phosphorus. However, sewage sludge from water treatment plants contains large quantities of phosphorus, of which only a minor part is recovered and put to agricultural use today. Using EasyMining´s Ash2Phos technology, more than 90 percent of the phosphorus can be extracted from sewage sludge ashes. The recovered phosphorus is very pure and virtually all contaminants are removed in the process, paving the way for a circular flow of phosphorus.