Well, not really - it is not "making gold out of coal", the process RECOVERS gold from coal. It doesn't turn coal into gold. That would take a miracle. This new process only captures the gold that would otherwise be lost.
It's not even a fine distinction, because one cannot turn coal into gold as one could turn coal into diamond. In this gold process, the coal remains coal but only the gold is removed from the smoke particles of coal combustion. If Russia can turn water into wine, or turn Obama into an American, that would be a miracle.
The Russian experts have learnt how to make gold out of coal. Scientists of the Amur region developed an experimental device which is able of extracting up to 1g of the precious metal from a ton of the burnt fuel.
The researchers have been studying composition of the coal from various fields for 15 years and found out that both useful and harmful components are deposited in filters.
'In case the device entraps even a half - that is about half a gram per ton, the economic effect can be easily figured out. You burn a ton and get 1,500 roubles,' Oleg Ageev, Director General of the Complex Innovative Technologies of the Amur Scientific Centre, said.
The principle is based on hundredfold clean-up system of smoke which occurs after combustion of the coal.
Golden concentrate may be used later to produce gold.
The method has been already patented.
The Far Eastern scientists plan to use their device as early as in 2017.
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