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$3.3M for development of green precious-metal recovery technology


Montreal, QC – A new facility for researching green technologies for recovery of precious metals, the Greene Lyon Canada Research Centre, is coming to Laval’s Biotech City. The $3.3 million project is receiving support from Laval Technopole and Montréal International.

“The vitality that is prevalent in Laval as well as on the campuses of the Institut national de la recherche – INRS – led us to select the Biotechnology Development Centre building for the implementation of our R&D unit. The quality of the facilities as well as relationships with the various players and its accessibility convinced our research group. We are very happy with our choice,” stated Mr. André Brosseau, an engineer specialized in electronics recycling and president of Greene Lyon Canada.

Greene Lyon Canada develops processes using physicochemical methods for recovering precious metals from end-of-life industrial by-products, namely printed and integrated circuits.

“The recovery processes are based on green chemistry and green engineering principles. The result is a sustainable and progressive recycling method that does not waste the precious metals and which is more effective and efficient than current methods,” specified Dr. Svitlana Grigorenko, the new centre’s director.

The company says it is also continuing its research into the development of processes to recover other metals and raw materials that can be extracted from various industrial wastes and from scrap metal. In addition, the company says it has already developed an exclusive process (patent pending) to recover the lead from glass cathode ray tubes (CRT) in televisions and computer monitors.

“We are very proud to welcome the Greene Lyon Research Centre to the Biotech City. This implementation reinforces the excellence radiating from over 85 companies, including a number of international research centres. We will continue to support Greene Lyon Canada in order to facilitate its integration into Laval’s scientific community,” said Pierre Desroches, president and executive director of Laval Technopole.