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Yachay Public Company participated in the Lecture Series “Chemistry and changing the productive matrix”, organized by the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the Central University of Ecuador.
Reverse mining and its contribution to changing the productive matrix of the country was the issue addressed by Yachay Public Company staff and shared with university students and lecturers on February 19th in Quito.
Yachay Public Company representative Ricardo Montero, explained that the reverse mining industry consists of retrieving the raw material from final products. One example is the recycling of electronic waste to obtain precious metals like gold and copper, which can be retrieved to generate an environmentally friendly metal extraction industry, with appropriate technology that allows it.
Another research topic is the reverse logistics which looks to collect waste from end users. Because of its complexity, this is one of the decisive factors for the success of a recycling plant.
To increase the added value of the recycling industry of electronic waste it is necessary to invest in research, development and innovation (R + D + i), to move from the export of electronic metals to exporting precious metals. For this it is necessary to promote technological production passing through sequential stages: research in laboratory, scale in pilot plant and industrialization
Ecuador and the region is emerging as a great niche market.
The City of Knowledge is an ideal space to increase the intensive production to innovation, technology and knowledge, supporting the change of the productive matrix and strengthening the reverse mining industry to diversify production, to start generating precious metals as a result of the recycling sector.
Mineral recovery processes investigated in Ecuador are the key to increasing the value of production and incorporate the Ecuadorian component. This type of industry can capture national human talent, highly qualified for research work and engineering, among others.
According to research in 2013 by Montero and Delaunay, it is estimated that in Ecuador 10 000 tons of electronic waste are produced annually (from computers and cell phones only). From Mexico to Chile there are no waste refining companies to recover their metals in full.
In this way, Latin America is configured as a great niche market for the generation of a reverse mining industry. In Yachay this could be possible.
This academic event was attended by representatives of Senplades, MIPRO, SERTECPEC, Petroecuador, Gati Technologies Industries, National Polytechnic School/Escuela Politénica Nacional, among others. (SA-VE / YACHAY EP)