Scaling Up Rare Earth Element Pre-Concentration: Pilot Plant Success at IVL
Johan Strandberg will provide a comprehensive look at the establishment and operation of a pilot plant for the pre-concentration of rare earth elements (REEs) using liquid membrane technology. With a focus on the practical execution of this project, the presentation will explore the innovative use of hollow fiber supported liquid membrane (HFSLM) technology, which has been tested for REE concentrations in a range that demonstrates the plant’s robust capability. This session will showcase the operational do’s and don’ts, the HFSLM’s unique features, and the plant’s potential to influence global practices in REE extraction outside the dominant realm of Chinese expertise.
Johan Strandberg is a leading figure in the field of environmental science, with a pioneering role in the development of technologies for the extraction and separation of rare earth elements (REE). Spearheading the Mistra Terra Clean program, Johan has been instrumental in advancing smart filter technologies, and facilitating industry-research collaboration. With a keen focus on sustainability and industry application, Johan has a history of driving innovation within the environmental sector. As a project leader, Johan has directed significant initiatives aimed at integrating digital solutions into resource management, notably in waterworks and climate resilience projects. In the international arena, Johan has contributed to setting guidelines on water sanitation and management through leading roles with the World Health Organization (WHO). These contributions have been part of a broader commitment to sustainable practices in environmental science.