Recycling ‘end of life’ technologies provides sustainable supplies of scarce valuable metals such as indium

Posted by aclimaadmin | noviembre 19, 2018 | Noticias del Sector

Indium, a unique metal, is in short supply worldwide and is not recycled at the end of its life (EoL).

Indium is used in a wide range of technologies, causing regions across the world that are reliant on its import — such as Europe — to be concerned about security of supply. Primary sources of indium are thought to be sufficient for medium-term needs, but with growing demand comes growing concern over long-term supply. A new study has conducted a material flow analysis and examined secondary sources of indium within European ‘urban mines’ and in-use stocks (IUS) of indium products, identifying these as potential sources of 500 tonnes of indium — if it were recycled at EoL…read more.

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