University students visit BioLantanidos Pilot Plant
USS students visit BioLantanidos Pilot Plant | Source: BioLantanidos
On September 27, a group of students from the San Sebastián University (USS) visited the premises of the BioLantanidos Pilot Plant, located in the Penco commune.
On the occasion, the students of 5th year of Mining Civil Engineering degree were able to know in detail the relevant aspects of the Project, the first in Chile to dedicate itself to the so-called Rare Earths industry.
Students and their accompanying professors listened carefully to the applications of these elements in technology, such as their wide uses in the manufacture of electric vehicles and products related to clean energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines.
In addition, they knew the environmental aspects of the initiative, the first in the world to propose a sustainable extraction through research, development and innovation (R&D) developed in the Biobío Region.
Among the sustainable aspects of the Project, its closed and continuous rare earth extraction process stands out, which allows recirculating water and additives used in all its stages, making efficient use of these resources.
Another of the key aspects is that the Project does not use explosives, since the Rare Earths are in the clay; does not discharge liquid waste to the environment; does not concentrate radioactive material; does not cut queules, naranjillo or pitao; and does not generate tailings; which makes it one of the bets with less environmental footprint of the international industry of these elements.