2024-05-15 05:50Press release

Announces investment in world's first Ash2phos plant for phosphorus recovery in Germany

EasyMining Germany and Gelsenwasser announce the investment decision for the joint venture PGS GmbH to build a phosphorus recovery plant at IFAT in Munich:
Anders Kihl (Head of Strategy and R&D at Ragn-Sells and chairman of the board at EasyM...EasyMining Germany and Gelsenwasser announce the investment decision for the joint venture PGS GmbH to build a phosphorus recovery plant at IFAT in Munich.

EasyMining and Gelsenwasser, partners in the joint venture Phosphorgewinnung Schkopau GmbH (PGS), have committed to a significant  investment to establish world's first plant for phosphorus recovery based on the Ash2Phos technology in Schkopau, Germany. Scheduled to start operations in early 2027, the plant represents a paradigm shift in phosphorus recovery technology.

"At EasyMining, we view the establishment of the first plant for phosphorus recovery based on our Ash2Phos technology, as a great opportunity to pioneer circular solutions for essential nutrients like phosphorus", says Christian Kabbe, Managing Director at Phosphorgewinnung Schkopau and EasyMining Germany.

With a targeted capacity of 30,000 tonnes of sewage sludge ash annually, equivalent to 10% of Germany's current sewage sludge ash volume, the new facility will play a pivotal role in securing a stable and locally sourced supply of high-quality phosphorus within Europe.

The Ash2Phos technology, developed by EasyMining, boasts an impressive phosphorus extraction rate exceeding 90% from the ash of incinerated sewage sludge. With this investment, the joint venture aims to diminish the reliance on traditional phosphorus sources, such as phosphate rock, in favour of locally produced recycled phosphorus, thus mitigating environmental impact, and promoting resource autonomy.

Furthermore, the Ash2Phos plant will not only recover phosphorus but also yield valuable co-products including ferric chloride, sodium aluminate, and sand, positioning them as indispensable commodities crucial for various societal applications.

"As members of the 'Clean Phosphorus 2029' initiative, we are steadfast in our commitment to fostering environmentally friendly phosphorus recovery processes," says Martin Braunersreuther, Managing Director at Phosphorgewinnung Schkopau. "Through collaborative endeavours, we aim to realise defined targets for phosphorus recovery, while simultaneously advancing sustainable practices and enhancing resource efficiency."

Phosphorus, an essential component in fertilisers and livestock feed, remains predominantly sourced from non-renewable phosphate rock. However, the advent of innovative processes such as Ash2Phos heralds a transformative era in phosphorus recovery.

“If we are serious about creating a sustainable society, we need to use the resources we already have, over and over again. Therefore, we are glad that within this investment we will be able to unlock the potential of sewage sludge ash as a domestic and circular phosphorus source” says Mr. Kabbe.

With the conditional approval of necessary permits, the joint venture is poised to embark on the detailed engineering phase, paving the way for the realisation of the world's first Ash2Phos plant and heralding a new era of sustainable phosphorus recovery.

For further information, please contact:
Christian Kabbe, Managing Director at EasyMining Germany, christian.kabbe@easymining.com, +4917661537926 
Emma Ranerfors, Press Officer at EasyMining, press@ragnsells.com, +46709272400

Facts: Ash2Phos technology
The Ash2Phos process can transform the sludge ash into a raw material for phosphorus extraction and thereby be a part of a circular solution for phosphorus management. The process consists of three steps: a first acidic step, a second alkaline step (where intermediate products are produced), and finally a conversion step where the intermediates are processed into final products.

Facts: Sauberer Phosphor 2029
The Sauberer Phosphor 2029 (Clean Phosphorus) initiative will work to champion and advocate for phosphorus recovery and recycling processes in Germany that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Each member of the initiative is a company that deals with either wastewater management or phosphorus recovery. The initiative is directly linked to the German Sewage Sludge Ordinance, which now requires the recycling of phosphorus from sewage sludge ash starting in 2029.

About EasyMining

EasyMining is an innovation company dedicated to closing nutrient cycles. We are owned by the Swedish environmental company Ragn-Sells. Our objective is to create new circular material flows in an efficient commercial way. We do this by inventing and implementing new technology that uses chemical solutions to recycle important materials. www.easymining.com


Emma Ranerfors
Press Officer
Emma Ranerfors