Breakthrough uranium technology

The PhosEnergy Process is the innovative solution providing the change required to rejuvenate the uranium from phosphate streams industry.

An innovative and patented process, the PhosEnergy Process was developed to recover uranium as a by-product from wet process phosphoric acid (WPA), an intermediate product in the manufacture of phosphate fertilizer.

The PhosEnergy Process was developed to deliver the recovery of uranium as a by-product in the manufacture of phosphate based fertilizers.

For a copy of the PhosEnergy Process Factsheet click here.

The PhosEnergy Process was developed by Urtek in conjunction with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technical Organisation (ANSTO), world leaders in uranium leaching and extraction technology. Non-provisional patent applications have been filed in the USA, Jordan and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) signatory countries as of 31 July 2009.Extensive test work completed by both Urtek and ANSTO has formed the strong basis for the patent claims.

The PhosEnergy Process itself, which can be incorporated into new projects or be an add-on to existing phosphoric acid facilities, consists of several process steps including: Acid pre-treatment; Impurity removal (if required); Valency modification; Uranium extraction; Uranium purification; Drying; and Packaging.

PhosEnergy applies these conventional technologies in an innovative manner providing several advantages over previously applied technologies including:

  • Low operating cost;
  • High uranium recovery; and
  • Improved environmental outcomes.

The pretreatment and impurity removal stages of the PhosEnergy Process have demonstrated that the technology is capable of coping with large variations in feed quality, and can be applied to processes that utilize lower quality phosphate rock. In addition, this removal of scaling species and the elimination of the addition of deleterious metal impurities is advantageous to the phosphoric acid producer in terms of operability and fertilizer quality requirements.

Continuing technical development remains a high priority for Urtek. An additional provisional patent application for a process complimentary to the PhosEnergy Process has been filed in Australia.