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X-ray transmission for recycling


Technology Description

While the separation of ferrous metals from non-ferrous metals is relatively easy thanks to the magnetic properties of the ones containing iron, recovering precious and valuable metals takes more technologically advanced and sophisticated recycling equipment. X-ray transmission technologies sort materials according to differences in their density, enabling detection of grains of metals with much smaller sizes than before.

Relevance for Net Zero

Modern recycling technologies can effectively identify many different kinds of metals, though there is still the need for even more effective recycling technologies to separate non-ferrous metals and different alloys of the same metal. This could enable increased uptake of secondary production, thus reducing emissions from primary production.

Key Countries


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