On May 17, a delegation from the TU/e visited Nyrstar in the light of the development of a new development Centre called Metalot Circularity Centre Cranendonck. Nyrstar is owner of the zinc factory in Budel since 2007. This factory started in 1892 by the brothers Dor. Nowadays around 300.000 ton zinc is produced per year. Beside this also sulfuric acid and lead, silver and cadmium are produced.
Figure 1 shows a futuristic idea of the process scheme of Nyrstar and which metals will be produced. In future all the energy required for this process will come from renewable resources and the metals are produced from metal scrap and recycled streams.
Figure 1: Futuristic process scheme of the Budel production plant