Patented Industrial Remediation Technology Solves 125-year Old Global Pollution Problem
The proven ParaTech patented process addresses all the red mud disposal issues associated with human injury and environmental damage. Using the ParaTech chemical and other treatment processes, two objectives are achieved:
1. Recovery and separation of the sodium hydroxide (caustic) and aluminum oxide (alumina) along with boiler feed water from the Red Mud for return to the alumina refinery. Our process recovers effectively 100% of the soluble caustic soda and alumina that is in the red mud slurry after leaving the alumina refinery.
2. Reduction of the Red Mud pH to the neutral range of pH7-pH9, eliminating opportunities for human suffering and environmental damage. In 2011, a 1/10th scale ParaTech Global pilot plant successfully demonstrated our process. Click here to see a video of the Pilot Plant Demo in operation in Hungary in 2011.
Our technology reduces direct and contingent refinery plant costs and enhances plant revenues mitigating the cost to implement our process in an alumina refinery. These include:
- Elimination of Red Mud management costs in perpetuity.
- Recycling and sale of recovered Sodium Hydroxide and Aluminum Hydroxide.
- Sale of recycled Stabilized Red Mud (SBR) for use as an outperforming ingredient in ceramic and cement building products. Recycling test results are available.
- Recycled use of recovered boiler feed water, useful for power generation.
- Elimination of long term contingent Red Mud liability on the Balance Sheet, thereby increasing equity as the SBR is sold.
- Achievement of “Fully Sustainable” status – meaning no remaining wastes for the first time in this industrial processing industry.
Utilization of the ParaTech Process is compelling due to a growing regulatory environment in which alumina refineries must manage red mud in perpetuity:
- Growing pollution of the surface & ground water as well as ambient air.
- Growing cost to maintain the disposal ponds / lakes, (red mud stacks).
- Increasing regulatory requirements.
- Increasing contingent environmental liability to the alumina refineries. This contingent liability must remain on the balance sheet as reserves for a potential disaster.
- Growing insurance costs.
- Growing loss of income from land that is displaced by red mud stacks.
- Continuing loss of reuse value of sodium hydroxide and lost aluminum hydroxide revenue.