Valuable Metals and Energy Recovery from Electronic Waste Streams

Fiseha Tesfaye*, Daniel Lindberg, Joseph Hamuyuni

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Abstract

E-waste management through traditional methods such as disposing in landfills, burning in incinerators or exporting abroad for disposal are no longer options due to the strict environmental regulations. Fortunately, the presence of valuable metals in the e-waste and increasing demand for the metals as well as complexities of the currently available primary raw materials make recycling an attractive and viable option both environmentally and economically. Moreover, it is efficient in terms of resource management by closing the loop of metals. Consequently, urban mining such as the recovery of precious metals from e-waste streams through sustainable recycling processes have emerged. The sustainable recycling practices address the scarcity of primary resources and reduce consumption of energy for metals production while managing environmental issues related to hazardous materials from the e-waste streams. In this paper, valuable metals recoveries from e-waste streams through pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes are critically reviewed. And, innovative ideas for different steps of the thermochemical processes in the valuable metals and energy recovery from the e-waste streams are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationENERGY TECHNOLOGY 2017: CARBON DIOXIDE MANAGEMENT AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES
EditorsL Zhang, JW Drelich, NR Neelameggham, DP Guillen, N Haque, J Zhu, Z Sun, T Wang, JA Howarter, F Tesfaye, S Ikhmayies, E Olivetti, MW Kennedy
Pages103-116
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-52192-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
EventEnergy Technologies Symposium - San Diego, United States
Duration: 26 Feb 20172 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameMinerals Metals & Materials Series
PublisherSPRINGER INT PUBLISHING AG
ISSN (Print)2367-1181

Conference

ConferenceEnergy Technologies Symposium
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period26/02/201702/03/2017

Keywords

  • E-waste
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Energy
  • Metals recovery
  • Environment management
  • PRINTED-CIRCUIT BOARDS
  • SCRAP

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