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Mining Asbestos Tailings to Produce Magnesium

Economic Sector
Waste Management
Environmental Benefits
Climate changeClean soil
Consortium members
Alliance Magnésium inc.Institut National de Recherche ScientifiqueSeneca Experts-Conseils Inc.
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Year Announced
SDTC Funding
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Total Project Value

Lead organization:

Alliance Magnésium Inc.


Magnesium could be used in a variety of applications where other heavier metals like steel or aluminum are traditionally used. Alliance Magnesium is developing a novel technology that combines aspects of hydrometallurgy and electrolysis to produce magnesium metal from tailings left over by mining activity. As compared to the incumbent magnesium extraction method, Alliance’s process will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserve water and reduce the amount of tailings. This project will demonstrate a pilot plant in Asbestos, Quebec.


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