Transforming mining waste into high-value advanced carbons
Arq powder™ is a new category of hydrocarbon. It is a purified, micro-fine additive that can be used as a blending component in liquid fuels, oils or industrial manufacturing processes and products. It delivers high performance at a low cost, unlocking the value of carbon while reducing the carbon footprint of the world.
Our technology separates mineral matter and pure micro-fine hydrocarbons from mining waste. Through a four-stage process, it combines cutting-edge scientific research with a highly efficient mechanical process to create Arq powder™.
1. Particle size reduction
Arq Technology™ reduces mining waste into micro-fine particles through a series of milling and grinding steps.
The micro-fine slurry is pumped into water-based separation columns, where the hydrocarbons rise to the top and the mineral impurities fall to the bottom.
The hydrocarbons are dried through a mechanical press to create a wet cake, suitable for processing into advanced carbon products or shipping to an oil terminal for final drying and blending.
The particle size of Arq powder™ means it starts to flow like a liquid, similar to the pigments in ink, dispersing evenly when blended into oil products.
Arq powder™ can be used across a wide range of industries, to improve product performance, lower costs and reduce – or remove – carbon emissions.