Mineral extraction from New Zealand's geothermal brines: Where to next?
Climo, M., Mroczek, E., Carey, B., Hill, A., & Barton, B. (2015). Mineral extraction from New Zealand’s geothermal brines: Where to next? Presented at the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW) 2015, 18-20 November 2015, Taupo, New Zealand.
Permanent Research Commons link: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/10224
New Zealand’s geothermal brines offer potential for the extraction of various metals and minerals, given both the fluid compositions and volumes discharged. The realisation of commercial value from the extracted constituents could create new industries, support economic development, and potentially provide additional revenue streams for geothermal energy generation and related industries. A 2013-2015 New Zealand Government-funded research programme (“From Waste to Wealth”) sought to identify potential processing technologies and, in particular, to provide a greater understanding of the barriers and success factors likely to influence the implementation of such technologies. This paper summarises the research to date and makes recommendations for New Zealand’s future research and investment in this area.
Paper presented at New Zealand Geothermal Workshop (NZGW) 2015, 18-20 November 2015, Taupo, New Zealand.
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