RUNA: Clean Energy

first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Editors’ Recommendations The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now In 2009, two Brown University graduates moved temporarily to Ecuador where they worked on a plan to bring the health of the Amazon to the rest of the world. In 2010, they did it by introducing RUNA infusers, followed by bottled beverages in the spring of 2012. Today, you can find RUNA nationwide in more than 10,000 stores including Whole Foods, Safeway, GNC Vitamin Shop, and many others.The difference in their products, says co-founder Dan MacCombie, is due to what he calls their “special sauce”—the guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-sa) leaf.“Guayusa is different than any other leaf and unique to the Amazonian jungle,” said MacCombie. “We’ve created the world’s first supply chain for guayusa.”This super leaf is packed with the same amount of caffeine as coffee and twice the antioxidants of green tea, yet lacks the tannins that gives some black and green teas a bitter taste. The result is a smooth, naturally sweet taste that MacCombie and business partner Tyler Gage refer to as “clean energy.”“All of our products are made from guayusa and products that fit remarkably well into people’s lives,” said MacCombie. “It’s a calm, clean beverage and great for that 2 p.m. time period when you don’t want another cup of coffee.”RUNA offers a variety of flavors in their bottles, energy drinks and loose leaf tins. The Hibiscus Berry is the top seller in the bottled variety, but Guava Zero Unsweeted Guayusa is a close second.Related: Bet We Can Make a Tea Drinker Out of YouGuayusa tea has been brewed for thousands of years in the Ecuadorian Amazon with native hunters saying it gives them mental strength and courage. RUNA by definition means “fully alive” and that’s why Gage and MacCombie picked this name for their healthy products.MacCombie says their business model is based on core values of introducing products the world has never seen before while offering support to Ecuadorian farmers, which ultimately helps protect the rainforest.Actor Channing Tatum is just one of the many devoted RUNA fans. On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he said, “We found this tea called RUNA that basically gave us the energy of the gods.” The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quiltlast_img read more

Massive gold recovery increase using Glencore Technologys Albion Process

first_imgGeoProMining LLC (GPM) successfully increased recovery from sulphide concentrates in its Ararat plant from 20% to over 95%, defying expectations and targets. The plant was commissioned in June 2014 and achieved full capacity after three months. GPM owns and operates the Zod gold mine and Ararat processing plant in Armenia to produce gold and silver bullion.In order to expand, GPM needed to treat the underlying sulphide material at the Zod mine which only resulted in around 20 to 30% gold recovery through the existing conventional CIL flowsheet.In 2010, GPM approved a refurbishment project at the Zod mine and Ararat processing plant – in increased crushing capacity to deal with the harder ore and a refurbishment and re-commissioning of the existing flotation plant. Added to this was the installation of a new Albion ProcessTM plant for the oxidation of the sulphide concentrate prior to its treatment in the existing CIL plant. The new flowsheet would be configured such that the CIL would treat flotation tailings and oxidised residue from the Albion Process.The Albion Process is an atmospheric leaching process developed and owned by Glencore Technology. It uses ultrafine grinding to reduce the activation energy needed in oxidation of the sulphides, so that it can occur under atmospheric conditions. The leaching occurs in an agitated tank that uses HyperSpargeTM supersonic gas injectors to boost oxygen capture efficiency.Glencore Technology was engaged to design, supply and commission the Albion Process and to provide installation supervision assistance.The design basis for GPM’s Albion Process was oxidation of 100,000 t/y of concentrate to give an overall production of 100,000 oz/y of gold from concentrate and flotation tailings. The design recovery of gold from the Albion residue was 92% but the plant frequently achieves over 95% recovery with an overall plant-wide design recovery of 86% but commonly achieving 88%.The refurbishment project was commissioned in June 2014, with ramp-up occurring for the remainder of 2014. The plant has achieved and exceeded nameplate production, treating in fact 120,000 t/ya concentrate with an overall production of 120,000 oz/y.Further, GPM successfully achieved an overall 88% plant-wide recovery exceeding the 86% design target due to better than design performance in the Albion Process.The grade of concentrate has been more or less stable, and increased production might normally be expected to decrease as equipment is stretched.  But in GPM’s case, it has successfully kept recovery above design using the Albion Process.GPM is currently evaluating an expansion project comprising a second line of an Albion Process plant.last_img read more