FAQ

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1. What is Radio Frequency Plasma?

The inductively coupled plasma (ICP) discharge consists of a cylindrical helical coil (Cu), in which the electromagnetic induction provides a corresponding electric current. Passing a RF current through the coil develops a magnetic flux that induces a RF electrical field which sustains the plasma discharge within the plasma chamber. Typical frequency of systems run at 1-5MHz, and can be modulated to optimize energy efficiency.

2. What Problem is Plasnova's practical application of RFP technology Solving?

Using RFP as a thermal heat source for ore processing applies physics to address chemical complexities manifested in natural mineral compounds achieving lossless production and a net-zero emission environmental footprint.

3. What is the Recovery Rate?

The question does not focus on the actual competency of RFP. A better question is:Will my material become more efficiently recoverable? It is impossible to ever know the rate of recovery until the material has been processed. Results observed can range anywhere from a decrease, neutral, or increase in detectable target metals, however further density comparisons and other methods of analysis must be conducted to generate a holistic picture of an ore's true value.

TRAIN analysis is divided into two camps:
· Uncracked Ore - limitless potential to provide unprecedented return
· Largely-cracked Ore - looking for recovery increase (see: our services)

4. Who Benefits from our Product?

Directly: Mine/claim owners & operators
- Mineral ore processing
- Operational waste material processing

Indirectly:
- Any industry that uses Au/Ag/PGMs will see an increase in ease-of-access to these metals.
- No, there will not be a major disruption to metal prices as the market will expand with the new levels of supply.

5. Why is RFP unique?

The RFP is created through an electrodeless plasma system, which can continuously work for long periods and requires minimal maintenance (once a quarter).

Our only competitors are DC arc plasma systems, which cannot work for long periods due to the vastly shorter lifespan of electrodes.

6. What are the Environmental Benefits?

Definitive greentech: any emissions (NOx or SOx) are filtered out by scrubbers

Systems' ability to process any types of material so long as the input is milled to a certain mesh ie. Slag, tailings, e-waste, etc.

7. Who are the Ideal Candidates for this technology?

Collaboratively-minded claim or mine owner/operators who have an undeniably complex ore and/or low grade ore body/pile at their disposal.

8. What Torch are you using? How is it different from Other Torch-based Systems on the market?

We use a metal (Cu) plasma torch, which survives at lower gas flow and higher power.

9. What are the Benefits and Features of your system?

High production rate due to large plasma volume (jet diameter + length); continuous capacity to utilize different noble gases (Ar, N).

10. What is the User Interface?

The system is fully controlled and indicated through a number of power, temperature, and water/gas flow sensors.

11. Do you provide setup of systems on-location or will you be leasing engineers for each setup?

Both options are available, however, we'd prefer to train your engineers on-site to allow for operational autonomy as the units are licensed to be fully utilized as clients see-fit.

12. How customizable are the systems?

The system is easy to adjust according to different types of ore.

Its configuration depends on ore composition, particle size, specific gravity, and heat capacity.

13. How safe are your systems?

Very; in addition, no hazardous emissions (see: Q6), radioactivity, noise or lights are emitted from the plasma area/components before, during, or after operations.