Hitachi Zosen and EasyMining

Hitachi Zosen Inova expands the market for EasyMining’s solution

The global cleantech company Hitachi Zosen Inova and EasyMining have on the 15th of September entered into an agreement where Hitachi Zosen Inova, as a licensee of the Ash2Salt patent, will expand the market for this unique technology outside the Nordics. This is an important step in further commercialising the Ash2Salt technology.

16 Sep 2021

- We are thrilled that a large and reputable company like Hitachi Zosen Inova sees the possibilities with our Ash2Salt technology. It is gratifying that Hitachi Zosen Inova see such potential with this technology that they, during the construction of the first Ash2Salt plant at Högbytorp, wants to license the technology outside the Nordics, says Anna Lundbom, Head of Marketing at EasyMining.

Win-win for both companies

Hitachi Zosen Inova is a company that is already established in the market for handling fly ash. The company’s global reach will ensure good potential for a market expansion of this unique circular solution for the extraction of commercial salts from fly ash.

- EasyMining's Ash2Salt process is an excellent addition to our established fly ash cleaning processes. The separation of salts from fly ash is of high value for the plant operator, and it also brings us another step forward on our way to a circular economy. Therefore, Hitachi Zosen Inova will be offering this concept in future plants as we are convinced of its economic and ecological benefits”, says Dr Volker Wiesendorf, Director Sales Energy from Waste at Hitachi Zosen Inova.

The first plant already under construction

In May 2020 Ragn-Sells started the construction of the first Ash2Salt plant in Högbytorp outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Hitachi Zosen Inova is key contributor in this project, responsible for the design and construction of the process plant. The construction is progressing well, and the plant will be up and running in the summer of 2022. Initially, the plant will be able to receive and process up to 135,000 tonnes of fly ash per year.

Fly ash, which is classified as hazardous waste, is what is left-over from scrubbing the flue gas from waste incineration. The Ash2Salt plant will wash the fly ash and recover from it the salts; sodium chloride, calcium chloride and potassium chloride, for various commercial applications.

One of the advantages of this technology is that the ash no longer needs to be disposed of as hazardous waste and that valuable substances in the ash are recovered and reused.

- If we are serious about creating a sustainable society, we have to use more of the raw materials we have already extracted, and the Ash2Salt technology is a great example of this, concludes Anna Lundbom.

The Ash2Salt technology will be applicable in all countries where flue gas residues from incineration need to be handled. In the agreement, Hitachi Zosen Inova will be the licensee in the following countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherlands, People’s Republic of China, Japan, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Australia.