So, amongst the vast readership of this site are there any chemical or mining engineers?
I\’m hoping to find someone who can give me a back of the envelope estimate.
I\’ve got a waste stream. Got a method of extracting the material I want from it. Know what that material is worth and the market for it.
The one thing I\’ve not got a handle on is what the likely costs of that extraction process are. It\’s not a hugely complex process…could be done pretty much by swirling the waste in acid, even alcohol. Add a bit of sieveing maybe, get to a nice solution containing my desired bit and leaving the other 99% behind and from there on in it\’s even simpler.
I can argue from analogy (a different but related process) that costs might be $100 to $200 per tonne waste processed. But I really don\’t know whether costs for this specific process are likely to be £10 a tonne, £100 a tonne or £1,000.
So is there anyone who actually has a background in this sort of thing (Mr. Remittance Man perhaps?), you know, actually knows how to do stuff in the real world, who could cast a quick eye over the idea?