Pickling & Galvanizing industries

A revolutionary solution for galvanizing and pickling industries

Given the total cost-savings associated to the recovery of the raw materials (HCl and ZnCl2) and the waste management cost which is avoided, the investment recovery is estimated to be within the first 2 years of plant operation.

Life Dime is a Zero Liquid Discharge technology that offers an ideal solution for wastewater treatment in those processes where high-value reactants are used, in order to comply with environmental regulations. Life Dime contributes to complete the LCA for metal finishing processes obtaining the maximum concentration of solid waste separated from clean water. As such, both the liquid and solid parts can be reused or commercialized

Sustainable process

One of the strengths of Life Dime is its contribution to the promotion of good practices and the inclusion of a sustainable process within the metal industry. In this regard, metals can be recycled endlessly without any quality loss. This in turn leads to significant savings in terms of raw materials and energy, and reductions in CO2 emissions. More specifically, the durability of steel is one of the key properties that make steel a sustainable material because it allows the reuse of countless products from paper clips to automotive components and rail tracks.

Hence, it is important, that the processes within the steelmaking industry respond to that concept of sustainability. With that end in mind, Life Dime offers an environmentally friendly technology that allows almost a 100% recovery of the substance used in associated processes within steelmaking production, such as pickling and galvanization.

Life Dime aims to contribute to the reduction of the environmental impact associated with metal industries. By contributing to boost the steelmaking industry, Life Dime also helps to reinforce many industrial sectors such as automotive, construction or electronics.

Life Dime technology responds to the claim made by the steel industry through the action plan for a competitive and sustainable steel industry in Europe. This requires more innovative and environmentally friendly process technologies.

A big opportunity for the metal surface treatment industry

The metal surface treatment sector is one of the most significant cross sectorial manufacturing branches in the European economy. The figures associated with this core sector focused around the treatment and coating of metals are as follows:

  • Turnover

    €30 billion (approximately)
  • Jobs

    330,000 jobs
  • Companies

    22,000 companies
  • European Area

    EU27 (Euro-Stat)

The surface treatment of metals is, thus, largely a service to many industries such as automotive, aerospace, telecommunications, heavy engineering or construction, among others. In the case of the metal industry and the metal surface treatment sector, Life Dime technology is seen as a solution capable of improving their competitiveness, because as for any industry it is essential to minimize resource consumption and boost the recovery of their raw materials.

One of the most important challenges that the metal industry is facing is at the heart of the circular economy, which demands zero waste and a reduced use of new materials in addition to encouraging reuse and recycling.

Pickling and hot-dip galvanizing facilities

Corrosion is a natural degradation process caused by a chemical reaction between steel when it comes in contact with the environment or abrasive effects between steel and other material.

Rusting is the most common and economically destructive form of corrosion.

The degradation of structures, machines, and containers is some of the potential damage that can be caused by corrosion. There are many ways to protect steel from corrosion which can indirectly avoid the damage caused by corrosion.

Galvanizing industries are aware of the overall economic cost of corrosion, which has been studied in several countries and is often estimated to be up to 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (EGGA).

Several studies have demonstrated the high economic and environmental costs associated with the repeated maintenance painting of steel structures. These burdens can be significantly reduced by an initial investment in long-term protection. As such this stakeholder group will directly benefit from Life Dime results.