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RENO, Nev., Sept. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Itronics Inc. (OTC:ITRO), a diversified producer of GOLD’n GRO zinc fertilizers and silver products and a green “Zero Waste” technology development Company, today reported that it has taken delivery of a centrifuge that will be tested for use in its hydrometallurgical processes in October.
The hydromet (leaching) processes produce the high silver content concentrate used in Itronics breakthrough “Zero Waste” E-scrap refining which uses the silver to extract gold, silver, palladium, tin, and copper from E-Scrap (computer waste).
The leaching operations are a production bottleneck due to the length of time required to separate the leaching liquid from the residual silver-bearing solids using standard filtration methods. It has been taking about five months to do the liquid/solid separations for both process steps to produce enough high silver content solids to support a refining campaign to produce a bullion shipment.
The centrifuge is expected to shorten the elapsed production time to less than a month which will completely eliminate the bottleneck. With this bottleneck eliminated, the Company’s e-scrap refining expansion focus will shift to adding refining furnace capacity.
Dr. John Whitney, Itronics President, said: “The centrifuge technology is expected to be useable for the FeLix (iron), SuLix (sulfur), and ZinLix (zinc) leaching processes, and for use in KAM-Thio silver/gold mine applications. As such it is expected to significantly lower the operating costs and will be a revolutionary breakthrough in the development of the Company’s hydromet processes, which is very exciting”.
Successful development of the centrifuge applications is expected to open up major new business opportunities for Itronics and be a significant plus for its shareholders.
Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, Itronics Inc. is a “Creative Green Technology” Company which produces GOLD’n GRO specialty liquid fertilizers, silver bullion, and silver-bearing glass. The Company’s goal is to achieve profitable green technology driven organic growth in specialty GOLD’n GRO fertilizers, silver, zinc, and minerals. The Company’s technologies maximize the recovery and uses of metals and minerals and by doing this maximize sustainability.
Through its subsidiary, Itronics Metallurgical, Inc., Itronics is the only company with a fully permitted “Beneficial Use Photochemical, Silver, and Water Recycling” plant in the United States that converts 100 percent of the spent photoliquids into GOLD’n GRO liquid fertilizers, silver bullion, and silver bearing glass. This is internationally recognized award winning “Zero Waste” Technology. The Company is developing a portfolio of environmentally beneficial “Zero waste” processing and mining technologies. Itronics has received numerous domestic and international awards that recognize its ability to successfully use chemical science and engineering to create and implement new environmentally green recycling and fertilizer technologies.
The Company's environmentally friendly award winning GOLD'n GRO liquid fertilizers, which are extensively used in agriculture, can be used for lawns and houseplants, and are available at the Company's "e-store" on Amazon.Com. Due to expanded retail customer interest, GOLD'n GRO fertilizer may now be purchased in Reno, Nevada at the "Buy Nevada First Gift Shop" at 4001 S. Virginia St.
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