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  • Exterior of Hydro's Sunndal plant, showing aluminum billet stacked in front

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    Company Profile: The Collaborative Triangle of Aluminum Innovation

    By Rose Eaton, Light Metal Age. In a village in Norway called Sunndalsøra, nestled between a crystal blue fjord and two massive mountain ranges, lies Hydro Sunndal, the largest primary aluminum plant in Europe and one of the most modern. Overabundant water flowing down the mountains and the deep-sea fjord have provided the area with […]

  • Karmøy Technology Pilot in Norway. (Photo: Marius Motrøen, Norsk Hydro.)

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    Decarbonizing the Primary Aluminum Industry

    By Halvor Kvande, NTNU (Retired); Gudrun Saevarsdottir, Reykjavik University; and Barry Welch, Welbank Consulting.  Abstract While global average greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have changed little over the last several years, the best available data has become more reliable and has showed lower emissions. The electrolysis process has now been performed with a low emission rate […]

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    Hydro’s HalZero Smelting Technology Achieves a New Milestone

     Hydro is entering a new development stage for its HalZero production technology, which aims to decarbonize the aluminum smelting process. With support from the Norwegian government, the company plans to invest in a test facility for the new technology. This puts Hydro on track to deliver pilot production of zero-carbon primary aluminum by 2030. […]

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    Primary Aluminum Production Solutions

    “The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.” — Denis Gabor, Nobelist and author of Inventing the Future (1963) Editor’s Note: In the first of some 22 US patents granted to Charles Martin Hall for his invention of the aluminum electrolysis process, he basically claimed an inert anode “formed of copper, platinum, or […]

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    U.S. Imposes 200% Tariffs on Russian Aluminum Imports

    On Friday, February 24, 2023, the U.S. government joined the European Union and other nations in imposing new sanctions on Russia — marking the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The new sanctions target a variety of sectors, including a 200% tariff on aluminum imports from Russia and products from third-countries that incorporate […]

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    Alba to Install 6 MW of Solar Panels at Its Smelter

    Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) plans to install over 37,000 sq m of solar photovoltaic panels at its aluminum smelter in Bahrain. The renewable power will support the production of high quality primary aluminum. “Sustainability is entrenched in our Vision, Mission, and Values; this Project is fully aligned with our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ambitions […]

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    BALCO Trials the Use of Biodiesel in Its Aluminum Smelting Operations

    Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium, successfully conducted trial runs for using biodiesel in its smelter operations in Korba, Chhattisgarh, India. This is in line with the company’s ambitious target to become net zero carbon by 2050 or sooner. Towards this end, BALCO is looking at increasing the quantum of renewables […]

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    European Aluminum Smelters Face Closures

    By Alton Tabereaux, Contributing Editor. The European primary aluminum industry has been deeply impacted by surging energy prices. This is due to a combination of factors, including increasing demand, skyrocketing natural gas prices, and insufficient quantities of affordable renewable (wind, solar, hydro) or nuclear energy. The invasion of Ukraine also significantly impacted supply chains, in […]

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    EPIQ Machinery and DTA Team Up to Provide AGVs to Aluminum Producers

    EPIQ Machinery and DTA formed a team agreement for close collaboration aimed at bringing an array of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to the aluminum market. “Our approach and our corporate values come together,” said Éloïse Harvey, CEO of EPIQ Machinery. “Our unique expertise and know-how complement each other and allow us to offer much more […]