Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS) has launched Locus Mining Solutions, which uses carbon-neutral biosurfactant additives to boost mineral extraction from low-grade ores. The green tech startup is addressing a critical need for sustainable mining techniques that can boost mineral and metal extraction in a more environmentally friendly way. Initial results show up to 138% higher extraction of copper.

“Our zero-carbon biosurfactants have an unmatched ability to reach and extract more natural resources,” said Andrew Lefkowitz, co-founder of Locus FS. “We’re addressing critical environmental and economic concerns to transform the industry, reduce environmental impact and support economic growth in the U.S.”

Locus Mining Solutions said its biosurfactant additives are incorporated into traditional extraction processes, and require less power, less water and lower transportation costs. This green mining technology generates 40% less carbon dioxide, 70% less sulfur oxides and 70% less nitrogen oxide associated emissions.

Locus FS appointed Gabi Knesel to lead the biosurfactant commercialization efforts as vice president of Locus Mining Solutions.

“It is increasingly clear — from my own experience as well as input from thought leaders at the largest global mining companies — that our present and future world requires investment in technologies like biosurfactants that increase recovery while minimizing our environmental footprint,” Knesel said. “Locus Mining Solutions is well positioned as the best industry partner to achieve a sustainable future for mineral processing and recovery.”