group tours the 30-stage mixer-settler at Idaho National Laboratory

CMI Unique Facility: Pilot-Scale Separations Test Bed Facility

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The Pilot-Scale Separations Test Bed Facility is one of more than a dozen unique facilities developed by the Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub of the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Noting that the CMI Grand Challenges include separating rare earth elements from each other, the Critical Materials Institute established a pilot-scale chemical separations facility at Idaho National Laboratory.

     

    • This enables the rapid development testing and scale-up of new extractant systems that are developed in our research programs.
    • It allows testing of processes that have up to 30 stages of mixer-settler units, and has a total throughput of up to two hundred milliliters per minute (200 mL/min).
    • It is fully compatible with feedstocks dissolved in any of the acids commonly used in industrial processes.
  • This facility supports the efforts of diversifying supply and reuse and recycling.
  • To explore additional use of the pilot-scale separations test bed facility, contact Kevin Lyon at Idaho National Laboratory or 208-526-4455.
group tours the 30-stage mixer-settler at Idaho National Laboratory