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BHP invests in new rock-crushing tech

Metal Tech News - December 12, 2022


Last updated 12/20/2022 at 8:55am

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BHP is collaborating with I-ROX, a new company developing a technology that uses short, high intensity bursts of electrical energy to quickly and efficiently shatter mineral-rich rocks.

I-ROX tech utilizes micro electrical bursts to pulverize at lower costs and less energy than traditional milling.

Could microbursts of electricity be used to discover hidden mineral deposits, drill down into those discoveries for sampling, and then pulverize rock in the discovered deposits to extract the minerals contained within? BHP believes it is possible and is collaborating with I...

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