Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Operations - Oak Ridge, TN
Because nickel coating improves corrosion resistance, surface luster, reflectivity, hardness, and wear resistance, many consumer and industrial products are protected by a layer of nickel. Unfortunately, the process of nickel plating generates large amounts of waste which is both hazardous and expensive to handle.
Technology known as ENVIRO-CP has been developed which eliminates these problems. By simple and cost efficient technology, plating solutions from electrolysis nickel baths are not only treated to result in environmentally benign chemicals, but the nickel waste itself is rejuvenated and recycled. Because of the obvious advantages of the Electrolysis Plating Recycling System, Oak Ridge has licensed the process and is in the process of commercializing it.
An additional benefit of this process is that it may be extended to other plating solutions with equal effectiveness. Use of this ENVIRO-CP has the potential of saving the plating industry billions of dollars in energy and disposal costs.