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  • Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister Responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Gervais Jacques, managing director Atlantic Operations, Rio Tinto Aluminium, Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS, Jean-François Cyr, President, Alcoa Canada, and Vice President, Operations – Americas, Alcoa Aluminium, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Josée Néron, mayor of Saguenay.

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    Elysis Starts Construction on Its Smelting Technology Research and Development Center

    Elysis, the joint venture between Rio Tinto and Alcoa, marked the start of construction on its Research and Development Center in Saguenay, Canada, where the company will develop and commercialize its inert-anode smelting technology — which is said to be able to eliminate all direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the aluminum smelting process. Representatives […]

  • Trimet converted 120 electrolysis furnaces in its Essen aluminium smelter to trial operation as a virtual battery.

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    Trimet Starts Trial Operation of its “Virtual Battery”

    Trimet Aluminium SE began trial operation of its “virtual battery,” a technology aimed at making the energy intensive smelting process more flexible. The aluminum electrolysis process has traditionally required a constant supply of energy to remain stable, but this new approach allows for variations in energy input and more control over the smelting process. “We […]

  • EGA Al Taweelah smelter

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    EGA’s Al Taweelah Smelter Certified to ASI Sustainability Standard — First in the Middle East

    Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) achieved the internationally recognized ASI Performance Standard at its Al Taweelah smelter in the United Arab Emirates, demonstrating its commitment to environmental, social and governance performance. EGA is the first company in the Middle East to achieve a certification to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) standard. “People around the world are rightly concerned […]

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    Elysis to Construct Research and Development Center in Saguenay

    Elysis, a joint venture between aluminum companies Alcoa and Rio Tinto, is constructing a new research and development facility in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region in Québec, which will directly employ more than 25 experts when it is fully operational. “With the development of this research centre, we can proudly root our company in Québec, and in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean in […]

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    Rusal Launches First Potline at Its Boguchansky Smelter

    UC Rusal and RusHydro, one of Russia’s largest generating companies, commissioned the first potline at the Boguchansky aluminum smelter (BoAZ), part of the Boguchany Energy and Metals Complex (BEMO). It is also the first example of a large scale public-private partnership in Russia. “The launch of the first production line of the Boguchansky aluminum smelter is […]

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    Alcoa Selected to Receive DOE Funding for Improved Pot Cell Technology

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is providing nearly $1.2 million for four new projects to support American steel and aluminum manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation. Among the projects to be funded is Alcoa’s “Large Eddy Simulation to Improve Cell Design,” […]

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    ARTICLE: Addressing the Challenge of Bauxite Residue

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. The largest waste by-product generated in the Bayer bauxite refining process is bauxite residue, commonly called red mud. An enormous quantity of caustic red mud is generated worldwide every year, posing a very serious and alarming environmental and safety problem. The storage of red mud is a challenge for alumina […]

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    Scientists Develop Automated Electrolyte Composition Analysis for Aluminum Production

    Researchers from Siberian Federal University (SibFU) together with scientists from Siberian State Aerospace University, both in Russia, presented a new method for automatic composition analysis of samples from the electrolytic bath in potcells. This technology will provide for more accurate technological control and increase the efficiency of aluminum production. To improve the technological properties of the […]