07 September 2018

Power & Water attended the International MineXchange in Lampeter  ‘to develop Wales based Centre of Excellence for Metal Mine Recovery’. 

The MineX is brought to us by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).

The objective of the event was to 'continue facilitating development of project relationships between academia & industry, sharing knowledge & experience to innovate & commercialise opportunities recovering damaged metal mine environments.' 

Power & Water had a great day of knowledge sharing and discussing opportunities.

Our CEO, Gareth Morgan was invited to present our experiences of treating acid mine drainage for metal recovery using Soneco (Sono-electrochemistry) at Cwm Rheidol Mine. 

The event was finished off on day 2 with a field trip to Frongoch abandoned lead & zinc mine where remedial work has taken place by Natural Resources Wales. Specialist hydro seeding was demonstrated and after some debate amongst the deft mineralogy enthusiasts and experts at the SSSI,  it was concluded that the rocks found contained linarite, malachite and schulen bergite. 

Power & Water extended this trip by visiting our pilot plant at Cwm Rheidol with interested members from CRL Energy in New Zealand and from the UK Coal Authority; to show the system in action, removing high levels of metals including Iron, Zinc, Lead & Cadmium (Fe, Zn, Pb & Cd) to produce safe, clean water for discharge into the River Rheidol. 

Power & Water are working on the roll-out of this technology, specifically for use with renewable energy sources. View the Case Study of our work here.