Magnesium is the lightest structural metal. Alloys of magnesium could be used for vehicle light-weighting to improve fuel efficiency.
Magnesium is the 8th most common element on earth and makes up about 2% of the earth’s crust in the form of more than 60 minerals. Commercially, dolomite, magnesite, brucite, carnallite, and olivine are of value. Essentially, we have a nearly unlimited supply of magnesium ore. Big Blue Technologies hopes to provide an economic and reliable method for magnesium metal production from its ore.
Big Blue Advantage
There have been many successful and unsuccessful attempts for commercial magnesium production. The two main production methods currently used are reduction by ferrosilicon and by electrolysis. Big Blue Technologies is focused on a 3rd method of production, reduction by carbon. This method has great potential to vastly reduce production costs compared to current technologies. However even Wikipedia states that this process is “unfeasible” due to the complicated chemistry. At Big Blue Technologies we understand this chemistry, and have developed production methods that overcome these challenges.