EEDA Proof of Concept funding for new lead recycling technology


28-02-2008

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has awarded a Proof of Concept grant to Cambridge Enterprise Limited, the commercialisation office of the University of Cambridge, to support a project on the techno-economic and market assessment of a new lead paste recycling technology.

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has awarded a Proof of Concept grant to Cambridge Enterprise Limited, the commercialisation office of the University of Cambridge, to support a project on the techno-economic and market assessment of a new lead paste recycling technology.

The new process has been developed by a team of researchers led by Dr R. Vasant Kumar at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. The new technology, patented by Cambridge Enterprise, is using environmentally friendly and economic household chemicals to extract lead from spent lead acid batteries. The process reduces carbon and sulphur oxide emissions in the environment compared to existing technologies.

This proof of concept project is exciting for Cambridge Enterprise. The technology has attracted significant interest in the last year from environmental agencies, researchers and entrepreneurs. EEDA’s grant will allow this technology to take another important a step forward in the commercialisation process. It is expected that the results from the assessment project will be used to design a pilot plant where the new technology will be implemented.

 

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