How iron can be made from seawater
Reuters article By APA news agency (Reuters) – The world’s biggest manufacturer of nickel and titanium ore is developing a technology to make zinc from seaweed and seaweed hulls.
The world’s largest producer of nickel, zinc and other metals and precious metals is developing the process of producing nickel from seaweeds and seaweeds hulls in the Philippines, a senior official said on Thursday.
Zinc, copper, gold and silver are produced in the nickel-rich Philippines, but the nation is struggling to meet demand.
The new process, called zinc oxide production from seawent, is being developed by the government-owned Philippine Development Bank (PDB) and is being used in countries such as China, Japan and the United States.
Zanogenics is a type of chemical engineering that involves combining chemicals to create products.
The Philippine government has spent the past two years researching the new technology and hopes to begin commercial production of zinc oxide from seawead in 2020, said the official, who declined to be identified because the project was confidential.
Zinogenics can be applied to make metals such as silver, platinum, gold, copper and zinc from waste products such as plastic bottles, metal foil and rubber.
The PHDB said zinc oxide can be used in industrial production of plastics, metal-containing containers, glass and ceramic, as well as in products such a solar cell.
The project will be developed by PHD and the PHB’s research and development division, the Philippine Center for Sustainable Technologies.