nanoXRF awarded ARPA-E contract for light metals recycling

The US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 33 projects totaling $66 million in awards into two programs; Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE) and Modern Electro/Thermomechanical Advancements for Light-Metal Systems (METALS).

Details of the ARPA-E announcement can be found here:

http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-news-item/remote-and-metals-project-selections

Details of the selected institutions, including nanoXRF a division of UHV, Technologies, Inc., can be viewed here:

http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/METALS%26REMOTE_Project_Descriptions_091913.pdf

nanoXRF will develop a¬†Low-Cost In-Line X-Ray Fluorescence Scrap Metal Sorter, within the METALS program, which is an innovative X-ray fluorescent sorting technology that can distinguish multiple grades of scrap metals. Current light metal sorting technologies cannot distinguish between different types of alloy grades. If successful, nanoXRFs’ sorting technique will enable the recycling of typically discarded light metal scrap by analyzing the electromagnetic spectrum emitted from scrap metal to enable the identification of the composition of different alloys for sorting.