Nickel is a fundamental base metal. Approximately 2m tons of metal are produced every year.
Nickel main applications are:
ELSA successfully produced nickel metal from both electroless and electrolytic coating bathes.
The process was using iron, zinc or a mixture iron/zinc balls as sacrificial metals.
Laboratory experiments were confirmed by cycles on the pilot with larger volumes.
Lixiviation of nickel containing industrial wastes was investigated with success and the produced solutions were treated at a pilot scale to recover nickel.
The ELSA copper product is a pure nickel powder which can be valorised on the market.