Mining waste poses major economic and environmental problems to society.
Terra is developing new mineral technologies that allow safe, permanent tailings disposal and valuable decentralized cement production.
A big idea struck Strategic Metals' president Doug Eaton as he drove past Yukon's Faro mine site in 2012.
Mine cleanup costs will exceed $1 Billion
Inspired, Eaton called Professor Lee Groat, head of the Mineralogical Research Group at The University of British Columbia:
“Could we use CO2 emissions to prevent tailings from polluting?” Doug asked.
This question led our team on a five-year adventure into advanced mineral synthesis experiments, patent applications, and eventually propelled us to the semi-finals of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize.
Currently, we are scaling a proprietary process to make high-quality geopolymer cement from mine tailings.