Vancouver, BC – October 30th, 2023 – Syniad Innovations Inc. (“Syniad”) is pleased to report that its venture, 3R Circuits Solutions Corp. (“3RC”), has made more positive progress with respect to its nickel processing chemistry.
3RC is developing a suite of biochemistry tools to address fundamental challenges in the mineral processing industry. Its most advanced programme is “Brokkr,” a pH-neutral bioleach solution for nickel laterite deposits for the production of battery-grade nickel. Laterites are notoriously associated with upfront CAPEX in the billions of dollars, but the Brokkr process has the potential to reduce that CAPEX figure by some 90%.
Over the last quarter, the team at 3RC has been working to build confidence around its experimental data and is seeing results that continue to confirm excellent recovery rates from laterite materials. Nickel recovery rates are at 80%, and co-located Cobalt recovery is close to 100% (better than previously reported). Importantly, the Brokkr reaction kinetics are also impressive, consistently outperforming existing acid-leach methods.
Sean Crowe, 3RC’s scientific co-founder, commented, “We’re continuing to make steady progress towards our endpoint solution for laterite processing. There are so many reasons why this goal is important. Reducing the up-front costs of bringing strategic metals into the market is one factor, but we also need to do this with reduced environmental impact, and the pH-neutral Brokkr process achieves this. Our most recent results on reaction kinetics indicate that our bioleach cycle times are much shorter than we originally expected—another huge positive outcome.”
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About 3R Circuits
3RC develops easy-to-adapt solutions for mineral processing in complex ore bodies and low-grade deposits. Using selective peptide binding technologies paired with bioleaching solutions, 3RC extracts and processes metals needed for clean energy systems without disrupting the current mining processes. 3RC’s solutions have been validated at the bench scale with high recovery rates across several different metals. Extensive testing, to date, implies that 3RC solutions provide a cost-effective alternative to current mineral processing techniques that would enable the recovery of strategic metals from low-grade and high-grade ores with reduced GHG emissions and lower overall environmental risk. 3RC is currently scaling up its solutions and expects to begin pilot plant operations soon after.
Learn more: https://3rcircuits.com/
About Syniad Innovations
Syniad’s mission is to transform breakthrough research into globally significant companies, to address major societal and environmental challenges. It was founded in Vancouver in 2016 on the basis of a purpose-driven investment thesis weighted towards the intersection of advanced computation (simulation) and novel chemistries (matter). Our philosophy is to proactively engage with world-class researchers much earlier than traditional sources of capital.