The overall aim of this pre-study is to develop and test the feasibility of novel flotation collectors that can optimize resource use and minimize the environmental impact of the Swedish mining industry. Especially, we will target sustainable recovery of apatite from mine tailings as a source for phosphorous fertilizers. Residual resources from the forest industry will be used to develop low-carbon footprint, biodegradable and non-toxic flotation reagents for beneficiation of mine waste streams. This pre-study will at an early stage assess the impact of the technology to enable new products from current waste streams and it´s possibility to contribute towards an expanding circular economy and new business opportunities within and outside Sweden.
The project is a collaboration between LTU and LKAB.